According to, sustainability is "to keep up or keep going, as an action or process; to supply with...the necessities of life." There are several definitions that describe sustainability, but whichever one you choose, you will see that sustainability is a highly important concept that impacts all of us - from our community, to the country, to the entire planet itself.  

A huge amount of scientific evidence has shown that many of the world's important resources are being rapidly exhausted.  Not only does this alarming news severely affect us, it also puts future generations in serious risk of living in a depleted world.  Sustainability is the key to halting and potentially reversing this devastating problem.  By seeking to conserve our remaining important resources and be more mindful of our use of electricity, paper supplies, gas emissions, and the like, we can turn Earth into a clean and self-sustaining planet that can be enjoyed through many more generations.  This future won't be easy to achieve by any means, but by working together with the countless dedicated recycling and sustainability programs throughout the world and making our own conscious decisions toward greener living, we can make this a reality. 

One of the purposes of UAA's Academic Plan is "to ensure that our graduates are citizens who can capably and quickly work to ensure the long-term health and vitality of our cultural, economic, environmental, and social systems in our city, state, nation, and world."  You can join UAA's cause simply by making a few small changes in your day-to-day life.  When everyone contributes, the impact is tremendous.  The sustainability of our planet is in your hands.

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What is Sustainability? (Other Definitions)

1. Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
    -UN World Commission on Environment and Development
2. The long-term health and vitality of economic, ecological, and social systems.
    -Sustainability Communities Network
3. The ability of a system (society, ecosystem, business) to continue functioning into the indefinite future without being forced into decline through exhaustion of key resources.