What is SUSTAINABILITY?

“On land and in the sea, our forefathers lived and survived in this environment. They were able to do so because they recognized the need to conserve it, to take from it only what they needed to live, and to preserve it for succeeding generations.”

His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace

It is our honor to continue the vision and legacy of the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Drawing on the valuable lessons of the past, while embracing progress, Sheikh Zayed placed great value in the importance of pursuing development in line with both the needs of present and future generations. Sheikh Zayed’s vision was driven by a passionate belief in leading by example, and this was a key essence behind his progressive socioeconomic, sustainable development and humanitarian vision.

The most widely used definition for sustainability originated in 1987, when the UN’s World Commission for Environment and Development, chaired by former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland and thus referred to as the Brundtland Commission, published the report Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report. The report defined the principle of sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The publication of the report is considered a milestone in triggering international awareness and discourse on the importance of global sustainable development.

Today, the three pillars of sustainability have become ubiquitous: economic viability, environmental protection and social equity. This systematic definition stresses that if any one pillar is weak then the system as a whole is unsustainable. These three pillars are also referred to as “People, Planet and Profits" or “The Triple Bottom Line."

Send us your comments, questions and ideas for creating a more sustainable campus.

Contact us:
Tel: +971 6 515 4243
Email: [email protected]

News

AUS EcoRep students win third place in Dubai Investments’ Acting on Plastic Competition

A team of four students from American University of Sharjah (AUS) has been...

AUS students win world’s largest competition for architecture students

Two recent graduates from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (...

AUS students win Cool Abu Dhabi architectural prize to tackle climate change

Creatively addressing the impact of climate change in the UAE, Amna...

Architecture students and faculty honored for sustainable design solutions with local impact

Students and faculty members from the College of Architecture, Art and...

AUS tops the class in sustainability

American University of Sharjah (AUS) continues to raise its environmental...