Sustainability is the ability to provide in current human needs and to enhance and develop quality of life without increasing the consumption of materials and energy more than the current support systems can tolerate. The support systems can also be renewed per se so that the ability of future generations to provide in their needs and to enhance and develop their quality of life is not prejudiced.1 Therefore there is a balance among nature (ecology), people (community of social networks) and the economy which transcends one generation.
Sustainability is, in addition to the extension and enhancement of the University’s knowledge base and the increased diversification of the staff and student components, one of the University’s focuses for the next few years.
This is aligned to the University’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, specifically “Promoting a sustainable environment and a competitive industry.” This commitment is embodied in the University’s HOPE Project. This is therefore not mutually exclusive of our other initiatives, but forms an integral part of them.
1 Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, Transmitted to the General Assembly as an Annex to document A/42/427 - Development and International Co-operation: Environment (http://www.un-documents.net/wced-ocf.htm)