This website is part of a project for a class entitled Sustainable Solutions, in which we lay out some of the most fundamental and significant issues threatening the sustainability of our societies (including its ecosystems) while also developing realistic and hopeful solutions. These solutions follow from our collectively written definition of sustainability:

Something is sustainable if it contributes to each of the following objectives over the long-term:


  1. Protection of natural systems and biodiversity through the use of resources in a way that maximizes renewal, encourages re-use, and minimizes waste; through the reduction of pollution and the mitigation of global climate change; and preservation


  1. Provision of equitable economic development and opportunity without undermining people’s capacity to meet their own needs in the present and future; and


  1. Elevation of human well-being standards which include: improved health and nutrition; access to clean air and water; and education, the empowerment of women and gender equity, and promotion of human rights.


Best practice for meeting these objectives include using a participatory, inclusive process with transparent governance based on scientific principles; and assessment through the development of measurable indicators that show improvement in each of the above criteria.