Business in the 21st Century-Building a Sustainable World
Women's Summit - March 2001
"Odyssey 2001: Journey to Success"

Presentation 1: Gaytha A. Langlois, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Studies
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What is Sustainability?
“The ability to meet the needs of the current generation while insuring that we do not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

Corollary:  "No generation has the right to destroy the quality of life for the next generations" (Louise Durfee, March 2000)

Implications of Sustainability
Economic Sustainability
Profitability, return on capital, and business stability
Ecological Sustainability
Resource conservation, waste minimization, and environmental protection
Societal Sustainability
Health, nutrition, quality of life, and social equity
Corporate Initiatives
Taking social responsibility seriously
Design for Sustainability integrated into product development
Design for Disassembly built into recycling efforts
Eco-efficient products and processes
Safer product handling and disposal
Energy-efficient, recyclable products
Diversification of energy supply - turning to renewable energy
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How Do We Get There from Here?
Work to make your business "sustainable"
Develop a pollution prevention (P2) plan
Seek ISO 14001 certification
Complete an energy audit of all operations
Assemble a materials management strategy
(Reuse & Recycle)
Reduce toxic materials use

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