Teaching Sustianability

Teaching Sustainability

Summer School Paper

In this paper I am trying to examine and question the issues of teaching sustainability in construction. It seems that one of the hardest parts of teaching this subject is grasping and agreeing on what the term sustainability actually means. Reading about this subject and asking a colleague has gives me the general opinion that there seems to be much different variation on sustainability. My aim with this paper is to try and find and understanding the meaning of sustainability, so that working together with different groups within the construction area can reach a common goal the process of working together. As a result, the paper will offer a method which will allow teachers from different backgrounds to collaborate discuss and address sustainability.

When thinking about teaching sustainability it would be apparent that a logical explanation of the term sustainability would be needed

Bruntland (1987) defined Sustainable Construction as “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
From this statement Bruntland can see the links between the present and the future the important word here is “needs “and “not their wants “it’s about what people “like” not about satisfying their desires.

Parkin (2000) indicates a connection between “Sustainability” and “Quality of life” by stating that “Sustainable development is a process which enables all people to realise their potential and improve their quality of life in ways that simultaneously protect and enhance the Earth’s life-support Systems” Parkin supports Bruntland by bring in an element of “security”.
Kilbert (2007) provides us with his thought on this subject here we have a concise clear statement on “sustainable construction”
“[sustainable construction is the] creation and responsible management of a healthy built environment on resource efficient and ecological principles “...