Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

In Lyco Terms


A word from our faculty members:

Nonrenewable resources, fossil fuels in particular, take millions of years to renew, but renewable resources that constantly recycle replenish such as water, air and soil can be degraded to a point that they are essentially non-functional. Environmental sustainability attempts to help the world keep on functioning while not destroying or depleting resources in the process.

Dr. Mel Zimmerman, professor of biology

Sustainability is defined as creating a setting in which we do not destroy resources through either overconsumption or pollution and in which we ensure that a high-quality of life is available for future generations.

Dr. Howard Berthold, professor of psychology

Organizations feel that if they are not forced to do it and there are no government regulations that require it or see the incentive to do it, they will not take it seriously. I think there are some businesses out there that believe in the moral imperative; others are less concerned about the moral imperative and more interested in how they can make a profit. If they can go sustainable and be profitable, they'll likely do it.

Dr. Neil Boyd, assistant professor of management

We ought to be using the wealth from oil use to create new sources of energy in the future that can replace what we are using oil for now. There is an obligation to work on the kinds of technology to replace what we are depleting.

Dr. Phil Sprunger, associate professor of economics

Traditionally, ethics deals with how to get along with other people. Now we're trying to move beyond that idea. Not only do we need to consider how our actions impact other people but also how our actions actually impact the biosphere.

Dr. Douglas Young, assistant professor of philosophy