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Jim Proctor stresses that “going green” is not enough

November 05, 2008

Jim Proctor, professor and director of environmental studies, is concerned that most colleges do not address sustainability in its fullest definition. Although many colleges focus on ecology, they have failed to address social and economic issues in regards to “going green.” According the the United Nation’s Brundtland Commission report from 1983, true sustainability is composed of all three aspects, not just ecology. “I’m actually at a point where I’m confused where we ought to go — we at Lewis & Clark and we in the larger education community. If it’s just about green campuses, that’s not at all what sustainability was envisioned to be,” Proctor said. He points out that without the social and economic legs, true sustainability cannot be achieved.

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