Sustainability Initiatives

About Sustainability

Guiding definitions of sustainability:

  • Sustainability includes four interlinked dimensions – environmental responsibility, economic health, social equity, and cultural vitality (Jon Hawkes, 2006).

  • Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability for future generations to meet their own needs (Brundtland Commission United Nations, 1987).

  • Sustainability involves “finding ways to live together within the carrying capacity of the planet, with equality and justice for all human communities, while allowing vibrant space for other life forms” (Marshall, Coleman, & Reason, 2011, p. 4).
Contact Information
If you would like more information about sustainability at Alvernia or would like us to post information about your sustainability-related project/research, please contact Alicia Sprow at 610-790-2883 or

sustainability initiatives

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