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Learning Communities

These pages describe initiatives, programs, and other scholarly activities featuring a sustainability paradigm in their research, scholarship, or creative educational practice. They exist as learning communities modeling what sustainability can mean in life of a land-grant university.

Climate Change Education

Prairie Studies Initiative 

Sustainability Paradigm

At a basic level, utilizing a sustainability paradigm involves two primary orientations:

1) It requires a long-term perspective, often at least multi-generational in scope. This perspective may be historical in nature, seeking lessons from the past, or it can be forward-looking, exploring potential future conditions. Sustainability work requires investigating long-term solutions to the world's most pressing issues.

2) It also involves conscious and active exploration of the interrelationships between social, economic, and environmental dimensions of the subject matter or activity.  The exploration of interdependencies between social, economic, and environmental conditions and driving forces is fundamental to sustainability research and education.  Sustainability initiatives, research, and education seek to further understand these interdependencies, especially in the ways they combine to challenge the long-term feasibility and resilience of desirable conditions for people and planet at various scales.

These are the two core orientations that form the basis of the definition of sustainability employed by K-State, and that guide K-State's key university-wide sustainability goals and activities.

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