NU Holds Interdepartmental Forum On Sustainability
Sustainability, in its most basic definition, means the ability to continue on indefinitely. For humans, it typically means to live in a manner that is cognizant of the interconnectedness of economy, society and environment.
Many societies are grappling with sustainable development and the intersection of forces and constraints that have led to questions concerning issues such as climate change, environmental degradation, overconsumption, wealth distribution, economic growth, accountability, carrying capacity and biodiversity.
Pope Francis released his encyclical, Laudato Si’, this spring regarding his thoughts as to how the denizens of the world have to change or suffer dire consequences. The United Nations Conference on Climate Change, which begins Nov. 30, is a meeting for countries to describe the steps they will take to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
On Nov. 18, faculty and staff from several Niagara University departments joined the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president, to discuss sustainability from a number of perspectives. Nearly 100 students attended the forum in Bisgrove Hall to learn more about how global sustainability initiatives impact the Niagara campus what steps the university is taking to address sustainability.