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Beyond cliché – reclaiming the concept of sustainability

Fuller, Robert J. 2010, Beyond cliché – reclaiming the concept of sustainability, Australian journal of environmental education, vol. 26, pp. 1-12.

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Title Beyond cliché – reclaiming the concept of sustainability
Author(s) Fuller, Robert J.
Journal name Australian journal of environmental education
Volume number 26
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Australian Association for Environmental Education
Place of publication Bellingen, N.S.W.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0814-0626
Keyword(s) sustainable development
sustainable buildings
futurity principle
cliche
sustainability
Summary In closing his 2008 Myer Lecture, the scientist and environmentalist Dr Tim Flannery said that this century will be defined by the search for sustainability. How perilous therefore that nowadays there is so much overuse of the word 'sustainability' that it has become a cliche. Today's tertiary students studying architecture and energy-related subjects are so exposed to this linguistic devaluation that most of them appear to have accepted the vagueness of the term and are on their way to becoming the next generation of misusers. This paper presents a case study of an attempt to sharpen up the debate with some university students from these particular disciplines. A model of the four principles of sustainable development that has been found to be particularly useful is described. The students in question were challenged to think about the meaning of some of the words ascribed to new buildings and about the implications of the four principles to energy supply systems.
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Language eng
Field of Research 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Australian Association for Environmental Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033245

Document type: Journal Article
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