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Northwest Indiana Sustainable Regional Development

Northwest Indiana Sustainable Regional Development

Introduction

The Northwest Indiana Sustainable Regional Development Website was developed by students who are enrolled in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana Universtiy Northwest (IUN). IUN is one of the eight campuses of Indiana University. The group of students are comprised of graduate and undergraduate levels from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Every academic discipline is represented by this group of students. Besides working on their own environmental projects, students also work with other local environmental organizations to make a difference in our area. We want to be united as one voice, working together on various environmental issues.

Focus

Our focus is to examine environmental planning issues as they pertain to Northwest Indiana. Sustainability becomes an important component when we assess our natural resources which help us to exist. In 1987, sustainable development was defined by the Brundtland Commission as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." In order to have any natural resources, both renewable and nonrenewable, for future generations - it is our responsibility in the present to help conserve these resources that are vital for our children and grandchildren.

Vision

Today, man versus nature is no longer an either/or issue. Mankind and nature must move forward as one harmonic being. The students of Northwest Indiana Sustainable Regional Website are working on a vision - when social and economic growth and the management and protection of natural resources become one and the same.

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