What is sustainability?
Sustainability means our needs are met, without jeopardizing future generation’s ability to do the same. Sustainability is a three-tiered thought process encompassing environmental well-being, social justice and economic prosperity.
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is committed to ensuring that sustainability is reflected in our policy, planning and decision-making processes. As an institution of higher learning, UOIT values the opportunity to play a vital role in supporting principles of sustainability. The university seeks to be both a model and catalyst of change by demonstrating stewardship of the natural and built environment in a manner that is socially, environmentally and economically responsible.
- Earth’s environmental systems are balanced.
- Natural resources are not overconsumed and are able to replenish themselves.
- People make responsible decisions that minimize their negative environmental impact.
- People and communities around the world have access to resources and finances to meet their needs.
- Economic development happens without harming ecological health or social equity.
- Secure sources of livelihood are available.
- Social justice is ensured.
- Human rights and basic needs are universally met by all people.
- Resources are in place and available to ensure families and communities are healthy.
- People are protected by respecting personal, labour and cultural rights.