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Summary of Week One

In Week One, we introduced the course, met the group, and defined the concept of sustainable development. The events leading to climate change were shown, and we further considered the operational definition of sustainability. Following from this, we deconstructed the word into environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and social sustainability. These are the three pillars underpinning the concept of sustainability.

Importantly, a link was established between the built and the natural environment, and we showed that the effect of the continuing demand for natural resources, many of which are non-renewable, on the natural environment is unsustainable. It is unsustainable because of the limited period for the natural environment to regenerate itself owing to frequency of demand. Regenerative capacity defines the carrying-capacity of the natural environment by which it sustains all living species.

Remember that we posited that while more than 75% of all known environmental degradation is traceable to the built environment, the built environment also affords the best opportunity for reversing rising trends in global environmental degradation.

In Week Two, we will be looking at the Environmental Sustainability pillar in some depth, and we hope you are looking forward to the next segment of the course. In the meantime, try and seize the opportunity to critically evaluate every building you have been to, starting with the one you live in, and begin to evaluate how you can to reduce its impact on the natural environment.

Look inwards and consider behaviours and attitudes you could change in yourself, in your colleagues, and in your neighbours for a win-win scenario where you live life to the fullest but with minimal environmental impact.

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Sustainable Construction and Development

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