Five hundred years ago, the Iroquois tribe started thinking ahead - way ahead. Their leaders urged them to make decisions that would benefit their descendants several hundred years into the future, a practice called "seven generation sustainability."
Modern sustainability is more than simply being "green" or "eco-friendly." It began with basic needs - clean air, pure water and accessible food - then took on renewable energy sources, waste minimization and smart community growth.
SLU's sustainability degree crosses disciplines, too. Courses in business, engineering and technology teach money-saving sustainable business practices that encourage economic development. Environmental sciences classes show how sustainable agriculture grows more food with fewer natural resources. A background in public policy and social work fosters sustainable development and transportation.
With a world population of over 7 billion people and rapidly growing, the question "Why think about sustainability?" but "Where do I start?"