Computing for Sustainability takes a comprehensive look at the graphics and diagrams used to express sustainability. When you look through them, you get a sense that how you understand and perceive these interconnected issues will affect how you choose to visualize sustainability.
We frequently refer to the 1987 World Commision on Environment and Development's definition of "Sustainable Development:" meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sometimes, sustainability is compared to efficiency: doing more with less, or maximizing output with the least amount of input. I created this diagram to explain how the Office of Sustainability focuses various stakeholders on campus, using sustainability principles, to accomplish goals and projects that result in behavior changes that produce a more sustainable institution.
Leave No Trace: use a place to fulfill your needs, and when you're finished, leave the place as you found it. To me this encompasses sustainability; the efforts you take is as much about protecting and healing what you use as it is about gaining enjoyment from that use.
But that's me. And like I said, understanding and describing sustainability can be difficult. So what's your definition of sustainability? How would you describe it, or visualize it? What do you think of the diagrams? Let us know in the comments.
[Computing for Sustainability via Resilience Science]