What is sustainability?
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. (United States Environmental Protection Agency)
Sustainability transcends environmental concerns to encompass the social and economic wellbeing of our community on local, regional, national, and international levels. Consumers’ mission is “to provide quality, innovative products and services that contribute to the economic and social well being of our membership,” a sustainable principle. In 2014, Consumers has established an ad hoc Sustainability Committee to review Consumers’ environmental and socially sustainable practices, to document and celebrate our achievements, and identify actionable areas for improvement.
- To create a Statement of Commitment to Sustainable Practices to educate our team and members.
- To identify and document current practices that support the Statement of Commitment to Sustainable Practices.
- To identify 3-6 action items to improve our sustainability.
- To explore a potential partnership with WMU’s Office for Sustainability and Environmental Studies students.
Consumers’ Statement of Commitment to Sustainability
How we behave and what we believe reflects our values to our members, in our communities, and for our environment. Our employees are role models in making sustainable decisions and promoting practices that preserve the well being of future generations.
Interested in learning more about Kalamazoo’s local sustainability efforts? Attend the 2014 Sustainability Leadership Summit at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center on Thursday, March 27. Carrie Susemihl, our Design and Project Management Coordinator, will join other local leaders for a panel discussion. The event also includes a keynote address presented by former Michigan DNR Director, David F. Hales, luncheon, and networking session. Learn more and register for the free event on the WMU website.
United States Environmental Protection Agency. (n.d.). United States Environmental Protectin Agency. Retrieved May 21, 2013, from http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/basicinfo.htm