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Office of Sustainability at Oklahoma State University

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Katie Beitz

Sustainability Coordinator

David Steichen

Special Projects Intern
Microbiology and Biochemistry Pre-Med | May 2024

The Triple Bottom Line of SustainabilityMost people agree that sustainability has three fundamental pillars - sometimes called the triple bottom line or the three p's.

Economic sustainability

“Economic sustainability refers to practices that support long-term economic growth without negatively impacting social, environmental, and cultural aspects of the community.”


Ways to be economically sustainable:

  • Buy locally-sourced goods
  • Donate money to non-profits that support sustainable practices
  • Shop second-hand or thrift as much as possible.
  • Purchase from companies that pay workers fair wages (e.g. Fair Trade)
  • Reuse, recycle, and compost materials to help create a circular economy. 
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Social sustainability

“Social sustainability occurs when the formal and informal processes; systems; structures; and relationships actively support the capacity of current and future generations to create healthy and livable communities. Socially sustainable communities are equitable, diverse, connected and democratic and provide a good quality of life.” – WACOSS, Western Australia Council of Social Services


What practical aspects involve social sustainability?

  • Wellness
  • Diversity, Equity and Equality
  • Volunteering
  • Environmental Justice
  • Fair Labor Practices
  • Human Rights
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Environmental sustainability

"Environmental “sustainability is about stabilizing the currently disruptive relationship between earth’s two most complex systems—human culture and the living world.” 


What you can do:

  • Volunteer for local community clean ups
  • Use non-toxic chemicals in your home and office
  • Reduce your waste generation by not creating it, and reuse when reducing is not possible and recycle or compost when it has reached it's end of life
  • Opt for zero- or low-emission transportation options such as walking, biking or using public transportation option like a bus
  • Introduce more plant-based food options into your diet
  • Purchase Energy Star certified equipment 
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