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Sustainability Frameworks

Sustainability Frameworks & Complementary Approaches

Below you find a wealth of information on how different initiatives are conceptualizing and thinking through our sustainability challenges.  This list is necessarily incomplete and evolving.  If you have any new frameworks, approaches, and resources to add to this list, please email with suggested resources.

The Pandemic is a Portal by Arundhati Roy as a 2-minute video 

The Three Dimensions of Sustainability:

“Bruntland Definition” of Sustainable Development  from the Brundtland Report, Our Common Future (1987)

  • "Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs"

Principles of Environmental Justice (1991) from the First People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit

John Elkington’s Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet & Profit of 21st Century Business (1997)

Earth Charter (2000)

Julian Agyeman’s Just Sustainabilities (2003)

Julian Agyeman is the author of 11 books on topics ranging from food justice, immigrant culture, smart and sustainable cities, environmental justice and more.  Below are some titles and talks by Julian on the subject of just sustainabilities.

Kate Raworth’s Doughnut of Social and Planetary Boundaries (2012)

  • Report: A Safe and Just Humanity: Can We Live Within the Doughnut?
  • TED Talk: A Health Economy Should Be Designed to Thrive, Not Grow
  • Book: Doughnut Economics

Global Goals for Sustainable Development (2015)

Drawdown Climate Change Solutions (2017)

Multisolving ~ TEDx Talk by Elizabeth Sawin: The Power of Multisolving for People and Climate (2019)

Just Transition - Articulated by Movement Generation of Oakland, CA and the Climate Justice Alliance


Know of additional sustainability frameworks?  Have additional resources you'd like to share with the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community at SUNY New Paltz?  This is an ever growing and evolving resource list.  Please share additional resources and frameworks by emailing