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To provide for the social and economic needs of a global population that is growing at the rate of 150,000 people per day, and conserve already over-consumed natural resources for future generations requires us to become sustainable societies. Keeping clear focus on that goal is necessary to achieve it – thus the name Sustainable Societies for EFI's program.
Sustainable Societies provides college and university students, businesses, government officials and non-governmental organizations with a process for learning about the full array of social, economic and environmental challenges in their regions and areas of operation, and develops their capacity to address them.
Sustainable Societies organizes material using twenty-five sustainability issue areas identified as most critical by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. Issue information, case studies and strategies being used to effectively combat problems are organized according to these areas.
EFI's four-step Sustainable Societies process (Recognition, Understanding, Integration and Application) has been developed and refined as a result of work with international organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme, academic institutions in the United States and Africa, national and international non-governmental organizations and a variety of businesses.
A fundamental principle of Sustainable Societies education is relevance to all fields of study and career development. A priority outcome ofSustainable Societies is the creation of sustainability strategies that can be implemented in communities.
EFI's long-term vision for Sustainable Societies is to maximize inter-regional sharing by networking regional courses to be linked so that information about common problems and relevant solutions can be shared.
Wherever used, EFI's Sustainable Societies programs focus on building understanding of social, economic and environmental challenges and developing the capacity to address them.