Cultivation of a sustainable lifestyle entails continual learning

Six Modules

CC4ES categorizes the complexity of sustainability into Six Interconnected Modules. Each of the CC4ES Modules explores how our actions impact the environment. Long-term systemic sustainability is only possible in a society that champions racial justice and equity. The Environmental Justice & Diversity module is the key as success can only be achieved through individual perceptional change and it underpins all other modules.

1. Environmental Justice & Diversity
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We Are All Interconnected

Social and environmental justice intersect. There is a longstanding history of racial discrimination with respect to environmental justice. Environmental justice is the right of every citizen to adequate protection from environmental hazard. This right entitles equal access to environmental literacy, and equal benefits from governmental clean-up programs. Communities of color and/or low income are more likely to have chemical plants. hazardous waste facilities, sanitary landfills, sewage treatment plants, and incinerators within their neighborhood. We must openly discuss how race and socioeconomic class impact environmental equity in order to tackle environmental challenges.

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2. Environmental Literacy Fundamentals
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Environmental Health & Our Well-Being

This module provides environmental literacy resources to help us adopt our own sustainable activities. We will explore how each of us is interconnected with other species and non-living matter in the environment. Realize that our daily actions impact our surrounding environment, and in effect cascades into sustainability of the whole ecosystem. Supporting a sustainable ecosystem will ensure our well-being.

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3. Sustainable Food Systems
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Sustainable Lifestyle

Food systems are the basis of building the foundation of local, regional, national and global economies. In order to achieve a sustainable food system, we need to understand the complexities involved. Food's journey from the farm to our table is anything but simple. This module explores how to grow food sustainably, reduce food waste, and create/support sustainable food businesses.

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4. Regenerative Technologies
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Mimic Nature

Most of us are familiar with the term renewable energy, such as solar and wind energy. We are now going to focus on regenerative technology. Living things in nature regenerate — regrow themselves. Regenerative approaches work by mimicking nature. When looking at regenerative approaches, we view a broader context which encompasses checks and balances that affect the whole ecosystem's social, economic and environmental sustainability. This includes incorporating sustainable designs for gardening/farming, design architecture and landscape, transportation, and more.

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5. Sustainable Business Practices
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Green on a Larger Scale

Sustainability starts at the individual level – everything that each of us contributes makes a difference. We must broaden the effort to include each workplace/business. Scaling up does not need to be expensive, small efforts at work can make a significant impact. With a small investment, businesses can use recycle bins, energy efficient lighting, and implement water conservation techniques. Decreasing waste can have cost savings, consider repairing and sharing tools and equipment. Sustainable business practice invests locally and creates resilient communities. This module showcases local and regional businesses practicing sustainability.

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6. Resilient Community Building
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Invest Locally to Build a Resilient Community

This is our only planet, we need to protect it. This protection starts locally. Businesses need to invest social capital into the local community. This entails building relationships, supporting local initiatives and developing trust. The community reciprocates by supporting the businesses, a positive feedback loop that creates a resilient community.

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Trees for Sustainability

Trees are a vital part of our world and they are essential for our survival.

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Additional Resources

Organizations that CC4ES frequently collaborates with
for environmental sustainability and justice.

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