Sustainability at HPU
Sustainability in the Curriculum
Definition of Sustainability in the Curriculum at HPU:
Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This must be achieved in a manner that is ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable. Therefore, sustainability in the curriculum educates students about the interconnections and interdependency of ecological, social, and economic systems, and develops an understanding of how the health of these systems impacts nature, human communities, and cultures. Sustainability in the curriculum engages students in systems dynamics and critical thinking to empower them to apply knowledge in the service of society, to solve climate and environmental problems, to provide leadership towards a sustainable future, and to incorporate these principles and concepts in their professional and civic engagements.
Courses that concentrate on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.
Courses that incorporate sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.
Definition of Sustainability Research at HPU:
Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This must be achieved in a manner that is ecologically sound, socially just, and economically viable. Sustainability research focuses on a key principle of sustainability (such as social equity or environmental stewardship); addresses a sustainability challenge (such as climate change or poverty); or furthers our understanding of the interconnectedness of societal and environmental challenges. Sustainability research leads toward solutions that support economic prosperity, social well-being, and ecological health.