This subject guide is designed for the interdisciplinary research of sustainability. This guide attempts to encompass the topic's diverse strands while recognizing that sustainability can potentially be applied to nearly every discipline.

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The K-State Libraries Sustainability Matrix seeks to: Develop, promote, and support opportunities for KSU students, faculty, staff and community members to discover and partner on projects related to sustainability. Advocate for and participate in sustainability-related initiatives through collaboration on sustainability-focused projects and through the discovery and sharing of resources.

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What is Sustainability?

Sustainable development is our ability to "meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." — 1987 Our Common Future (Brundtland Report) World Commission on Environment and Development

" create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans." — 1969 National Environmental Protection Act

"Sustainable development is economic growth that will benefit present and future generations without detrimentally affecting the resources or biological systems of the planet." — President's Council on Sustainable Development

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