Sustainability: How do we measure it?

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Avogadro's Number, 605 S. Mason

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) brings to CSU and the community a panel discussion on the metrics used to measure sustainability. Sustainability is often a goal for businesses, nonprofits and government groups, yet measuring the degree to which an organization is being sustainable can be difficult. What are the standards used to measure and assess performance and progress toward sustainability? Sustainability indicators measure things like resource consumption, pollution emissions, biodiversity, and building and labor practices. Our panelists will provide insight on how they use sustainability indicators to quantify, measure, and benchmark environmental performance. What do they measure and what indicators suggest opportunities and risks in reaching the triple bottom line (i.e. people, planet, profit) of sustainability?

Join us at Avogadro’s Number (605 S Mason Street Fort Collins, Colorado 80524) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017.


· Keith Paustian, CSU Distinguished Professor

· Josie Plaut, Institute for the Built Environment

· John Sheehan, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences

· Sarah Reed, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

The discussion will be moderated by Gene Kelly, Associate Director for Research and Development at SoGES, Deputy Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean of Extension. 

The panel discussion, part of a Managing the Planet series, is free of charge and open to the public. Visit, for more information about SoGES.

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