The 2010–11 University Theme: "A Sustainable Future"
The theme was submitted by Katherine Straub, Ph.D., associate professor of earth & environmental sciences.
The theme addressed the question: "How can we, as a global society, live more sustainably?"
Although sustainability is often considered in purely environmental terms, its definition is actually far broader. It is the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. From this perspective, sustainability encompasses not only traditional environmental issues such as resource use, population growth, and protection of biodiversity, but also issues of health, food production and consumption, gender discrimination, cultural diversity, social justice, consumerism, and access to education.
Establishing "sustainability" as the theme for 2010-11 allowed the Susquehanna community—students, staff, and faculty—to explore and critically investigate these multifaceted, interdisciplinary topics; in the year that the new "green" science building opened, the university community examined one of the most pressing topics of our time.