What is Sustainability?

At the very least, “the principle of sustainability means providing an acceptable quality of life for present generations without compromising that of future generations” (“Caring for Creation,” ELCA).

At California Lutheran University, we make a commitment to continue to learn how to live responsibly and justly on our campus and in our communities. Sustainability must be a campus-wide effort rooted in awareness that our immediate, local practices often have global implications.

Cal Lutheran is committed to service, justice, and education that is global in its scope. Sustainability efforts are important learning tools for all members of the Cal Lutheran community, and they provide a unique way to integrate many areas of inquiry into concrete practices.

Contributions from the social and natural sciences, humanities, business, and education can help to shape Cal Lutheran’s self-understanding and provide new opportunities for service-based learning in our own campus environment.