The sustainability asymptogram: A new philosophical framework for policy, outreach and education in sustainability
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to present a mathematical model that can be used as an educational tool to reflect the philosophical aspects of sustainability. Design/methodology/approach - This is a descriptive paper. Findings - Everyone carries a sustainability deficit. Therefore, opportunities to reduce this deficit abound. Education is an excellent vehicle to achieve sustainability. Practical implications - Helping individuals with extremely high sustainability deficit to make minimum improvements is more beneficial than a further reduction of the "deficit" by those who have it already low. Further action is certainly encouraged, especially to quantify the sustainability index. Originality/value - The paper fulfils the need of providing an original model upon which educators may lean to, in order to enhance learning in sustainability.
Environmental Plant Science and Natural Resources
Curriculum development, Education, Mathematical modelling, Philosophical concepts, Sustainable development
Onwueme, Inno, and Bruno Borsari. "The sustainability asymptogram." International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (2007).
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education