Our definition of sustainability:
“Sustainability is the process and outcome of achieving social justice, economic equality and environmental health by reducing our ecological footprint & empowering communities”.
Sustainable Concordia envisions a university which teaches and demonstrates sustainability principles of ecological health, social justice, and economic equality. We envision a university which is run non-hierarchically by students, staff, faculty, and administration in a process based on transparency and maximum participation. This wide-spread participation will foster a ‘Living Laboratory’ in which all members of the community are encouraged to bring forward ideas and projects to further the shift to a more sustainable society. Through its partnerships, this university would advocate publically in solidarity with global sustainability issues to become an agent of change.
We are an organization that builds and measures culture and practices of sustainability at Concordia University in solidarity with the global community. We believe that fundamental changes need to be implemented. We assess and address challenges of the existing economy based on unlimited growth and exploitation of natural resources and the political system that excludes key stakeholders from participating in decision-making.
By acting locally and networking globally, we achieve sustainability by exploring, creating, and institutionalizing models that function within the earth’s carrying capacity. We aim to enact an expanded political mission for the university, and redirect decision-making through a multi-stakeholder approach based on transparency and maximum participation.
We believe that universities have a crucial role to play in developing an ecologically aware, socially just, and economically responsible society. Through their research and scholarship, universities influence and determine societal norms. Universities are responsible for setting curriculum standards and training from Kindergarten to the pre-collegiate level; they educate and develop tomorrow’s leading politicians, lawyers, business people, doctors, clergy, and scientists. We believe that universities have a moral responsibility to educate their graduates with the knowledge, skills, and values to effectively develop a thriving, secure, and civil society; and to do that, a commitment to sustainability must be demonstrated as well as taught. Sustainable Concordia began in 2002 as a student-driven initiative to drive Concordia down this path. Through university-wide participation the project has achieved great success, and is now officially, a multi-stakeholder partnership.
Our 5 guiding principles:
- SC is an organization that has clear & intentional processes to foster organizational integrity and efficiency.
- SC advocates and educates based on its organizational campaigns.
- SC actively creates and maintains open and transparent relationships with its communities.
- SC is an open resource for our community.
- SC actively creates opportunities for students to assume leadership.