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1 Media Constructions of Sustainability: Food, Water & Agriculture PowerPoint Slide Show, Lesson 3: Defining Sustainability

2 A - Corporate sustainability description From WalmartStores.com, “About Us” webpage: “[Our then President and CEO] launched our sustainability program with three clear and aspirational goals: be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy create zero waste sell products that sustain people and the environment. These three broad gals are at the heart of Walmart’s sustainability efforts” (2011, para. 1-2). B - Civil society sustainability description #1 from Detroit Black Community Food Security web page, A City of Detroit Policy on Food Security: “Creating a Food Secure Detroit” (n.d., para. 1) “Sustainable food systems… provide people with high quality food, employment, and that also contribute to the long-term well-being of the environment.” C - Civil society sustainability description # 2 from the article “Sustainable Science: Building a New Discipline” (Komiyama, H. & Takeuchi, K., 2006, p. 3) L3, DOC 1

3 A - Corporate sustainability description from the National Association of Manufacturers’ ERP-02 Environmental Quality and Sustainability, Principles for Sustainability (2009, para. 84) “NAM member companies are committed to advancing sustainability efforts that positively impact manufacturing and the industry’s contributions to environmental protection, economic performance, and the social well-being of the communities, customers and consumers they serve by providing sound products and services.” C - Civil society sustainability description # 2 from the UNESCO book, Learning To Do: Values for Learning and Working Together in a Globalized World (Eds. Quisumbing, L. R. & de Leo, J., 2005, p. 18). B - Civil society sustainability description #1 from the chapter “Joined-up Thinking: Bringing Together Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and Equity,” in Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (Eds. Agyeman, J., et. al., 2003, p. 5) “The need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now, and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.” L3, DOC 2

4 A - Corporate sustainability description United in Growth: 2010 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report (Monsanto, p. 21) “Our vision for sustainable agriculture is built on a foundation of innovative people, products, and coalition of invaluable partnerships.” B - Civil society sustainability description #1 “On Defining Sustainable Agriculture” from the North Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (Ikerd, J., 2007, para. 4) “A sustainable agriculture must be ecologically sound, economically viable, and socially responsible. Furthermore, I contend that these three dimensions of sustainability are inseparable, and thus, are equally critical to long run sustainability.” C - Civil society sustainability description # 2 “Sustainability: Project Challenge for the 21 st Century (Rodriguez, H., 2010). Adapted from the Sustainability Assessment and Report for the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor Campus, 2002 L3, DOC 3

5 A - Corporate sustainability description from Sodexo’s web page, “Sustainability” (2009, para. 1) “We recognize that we have a responsibility to use our resources wisely and to protect them for future generations.” B - Civil society sustainability description #1 quoted from farmer and poet Wendell Berry’s “17 Rules for a Sustainable Local Community” (Sustainable Traditions, 2010). “1. Always ask of any proposed change or innovation: What will this do to our community? How will this affect our common wealth. 2. Always include local nature – the land, the water, the air, the native creatures – within the membership of the community. 3. Always ask how local needs might be supplied from local sources, including the mutual help of neighbors.” C - Civil society sustainability description # 2 from the blog posting by a college student, “Renewable Energy on Native American Reservations: Economically, Socially and Environmentally Sustainable” (Lizadare, 2011) L3, DOC 4

6 A - Corporate sustainability description from the Dow Jones web page, Corporate Sustainability (SAM Indexes, 2011, para. 1) “Corporate sustainability is a business approach that creates long-term shareholder value...” B - Civil society sustainability description #1 from an “50 Years of the World Bank, Over 50 Tribes Devastated, an address by Iroquois faithkeeper Oren Lyons’ at the Ethics and Spiritual Values and the Promotion of Environmentally Sustainable Development international conference (1992, para. 3) “The democratic laws of most indigenous peoples arise from their understanding of the natural law and the regenerative powers that sustain life. Therefore, ‘sustainable’ in our terms means working with these laws that could be termed spiritual. We were instructed to make all of our laws in concert with these principles thus insuring life in endless cycles.” C - Civil society sustainability description # 2 from a blog posting on The Ecologist, “True sustainability needs an ethical revolution” (Nelson, M. P. & Vucetich, J. A. 2009). L3, DOC 5

7 Reference List L3, DOC 1 Komiyama, H., & Takeuchi, K. (2006). Sustainability Science: Building a New Discipline. Sustainability Sci, 1(1), 1-6. Retrieved from: Walmart (2010). Global Sustainability Report: 2010 Progress Update. Retrieved from: Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. (n.d). A City of Detroit Policy on Food Security: “Creating a Food Secure Detroit.” Retrieved from: L3, DOC 2 Quisumbing, L. R. & de Leo, J. (Eds.). (2005). Chapter Two: Values for Learning and Working Together. Learning to do: Values for learning and working together in a globalized world (p ). Manila: Asia-Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education. Retrieved from: National Association of Manufacturers. (2009). ERP-02 Environmental Quality and Sustainability Principles of Sustainability. Retrieved from: Policy/Environmental-Quality-and-Sustainability.aspx Agyeman, J., Bullard, R. D., & Evans, B. (Eds.) (2003). Joined-up Thinking: Bringing Together Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and Equity. Just sustainabilities: development in an unequal world (p. 1-18). London: Earthscan.

8 L3, DOC 3 Rodriguez, Hector. (2010, August). Sustainability: Project Challenge of the 21 st Century. [Adopted from Sustainability Assessment and Report for the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor Campus]. [2002]. Retrieved from: Monsanto (2010). United in Growth: 2010 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report. Retrieved from: Ikerd, J. (2007). On Defining Sustainable Agriculture. North Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Retrieved from: L3, DOC 4 Lizadare. (2011, February 28). Renewable Energy on Native American Reservations: Economically, Socially and Environmentally Sustainable. Message posted to Sodexousa.com (2009). Sustainability. Retrieved from: sustainability.asp Sustainable Traditions (2010). Wendell Berry: 17 Rules For A Sustainable Local Community. [From Wendell Berry’s speech at the 23 rd Annual Meeting of the Northern Plains Resource Council]. [1994, November 11]. Sustainable Traditions. October 2. L3, DOC 5 Nelson, M., & Vucetich, J. (2009, December 31). True sustainability needs an ethical revolution. TheEcologist.org. Message posted to: _needs_an_ethical_revolution.html SAM Indexes GmbH (2011). Frequently Asked Questions. Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes in Collaboration with SAM. Retrieved from: Lyons, O. (1992, December 10). The Year of Indigenous Peoples. Speech presented at United Nations Organization. United Nations Plaza, New York City. Retrieved from:


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