The Ginkgo is a website where the Susquehanna University community can express their passion, projects, and ideas about sustainability through a variety of outlets such as articles, photography, social projects, videos, etc. This platform acts as a gateway to the innovative world of sustainability on campus and off.
We welcome contributions from anyone in the Susquehanna University community: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. Email to learn more about contributing. The Office of Sustainability and sustainability-minded students are the biggest source of content.
The ways in which we currently treat our planet and its inhabitants are not sustainable. A sustainable society requires individual behavior changes, government intervention, responsible businesses, and innovation. We need to raise awareness about topics within sustainability; how the environment, the economy, and social justice intersect, and how it affects our everyday lives. The purpose of this website is to aid in the spread of sustainable practices and mindsets to encourage involvement.
New content will be added throughout the year, when new projects are started or completed, when a contributor submits content, and when we find something really cool to share!
The focus of our platform is Susquehanna University located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, but our content is in no way limited to that location.
what is sustainability?
When most people hear the term "sustainability," they imagine recycling and hybrid cars, but we believe that sustainability means so much more. The goal of sustainability, derived from the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), is to “create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” This productive harmony entails balancing environmental protection with economic interests and social equity concerns (the most overlooked pillar of sustainability). Our world is complex, interconnected, and constantly in flux, sustainability strives to make sense out of the chaos and create a healthy and just world for us all.