Sustainability

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What does this mean? Is this another “Library Buzz Word?”

Dictionary.com says:

Word Origin and History for sustainability:
1907, in reference to a legal objection, from sustainable + -ity. General sense (in economics, agriculture, ecology) by 1972.
Sustainability is defined as a requirement of our generation to manage the resource base such that the average quality of life that we ensure ourselves can potentially be shared by all future generations. … Development is sustainable if it involves a non-decreasing average quality of life. [Geir B. Asheim, “Sustainability,” The World Bank, 1994]

Why Should My Library Care?

“Sustainability is way more than solar panels and LED lights. It’s the capacity to thrive. It’s stable funding, environmental stewardship, social justice and being community-driven.” (From NYLA’s Sustainability Initiative)

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