the connect sustainability initiative
Sustainability refers to the stewardship of our natural resources. It is commonly defined as “the use of current resources in a way which does not compromise the ability of future generations to use those resources.1” As such it encompasses a wide range of topics including water pollution, water conservation, economics, social justice, climate science, ecology, history, politics, and many more.
The focus of the Sustainability Initiative was to enhance communication and collaboration between the CONNECT institutions in the area of sustainability. The results of this initiative strengthened the role of Southeastern Massachusetts as a leader in the area of sustainability education, job training, entrepreneurship and research. The first step of this initiative was to produce a directory of faculty and staff involved in teaching and working in the area of sustainability. The second step was to work toward building collaboration and partnerships around sustainability programs at the CONNECT institutions. The third step focused on providing a framework for incorporating sustainability into coursework across the curriculum.
1 United Nations. 1987. Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, General Assembly Resolution 42/187, 11 December 1987.
directory of sustainability facilities & resources
The following tables provide information about Training Resources for sustainability areas at each of the CONNECT institutions. It also provides information about Sustainability Initiatives at the CONNECT institutions. This table should be helpful for CONNECT faculty and staff who are considering possible collaborations.