As with so many things, science can provide answers, but those answers are only as good as the policies available to enact them. Fortunately the dialogue surrounding sustainable development is now more prevalent than ever.
As someone engaged with a variety of sustainability research, I am always struck how difficult it is for many of us to define "sustainability" well. I have been slowly coming to terms with the reality that this is largely because sustainability is the first truly postmodern discipline.
Just as the 20th century's move toward massive, technologically-based economic development changed our educational system in the second half of the 20th century, the challenges of global sustainability are also starting to influence higher education.
The Bloomberg administration has again demonstrated its ability to marry sound business and environmental principles and placed themselves at the forefront of the emerging field of sustainability management.