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The concept of sustainability emerges from "sustainable development" defined in the 1987 Brundtland Report as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," addressing the balance between social equity, economic vitality, and environmental integrity.

Issues relating to sustainability are interdisciplinary, and may be found under a variety of topics in the UCLA collection. Check our list of Sustainability Topics for suggested Subject Heading searches. To search by Subject Heading, go to the UCLA catalog and select "Subject List (start of)".


Sustainability Accross the Curriculum

The Sustainability Across the Curriculum workshop was held on November 15, 2012. Faculty members led presentations to discuss how educators can integrate environment and sustainability issues into their curricula.

Faculty Presenters:

  • Jenny Jay – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Gyanam Mahajan – South & Southeast Asian Languages & Cultures
  • Jonathon Aurnou – Earth and Space Sciences
  • Miriam Golden – Political Science
  • Deepak Rajagopal – Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
  • Goetz Wolff – Urban Planning
  • Peggy Fong – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • David Paige – Earth and Space Sciences

Following the presentations, faculty members had the opportunity to engage in critical dialogue with colleagues revolving topics such as:

  • Intergenerational Thinking
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Human Population Growth and Carrying Capacity
  • Global Climate Change
  • Ecological or Carbon Footprint
  • Tragedy of the Commons
  • “Cradle-to-Cradle” Design
  • Renewable and Non-renewable Resources
  • Interconnectedness and Interdependence
  • Good Governance: Three Parts
  • Sustainability’s Triple Bottom Line
  • Microcredit and Microenterprise
  • Biodiversity
  • Environmental Justice
  • Food Security
  • True-Cost Accounting

For more information, take a look at UCLA Today's article, Profs Learn New Ways to Teach Sustainability.