Cliff Davidson's personal statement-Environmental Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Cliff Davidson

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Engineering and Public Policy


Sustainable development is:

  • less about technological fixes that allow us to live extravagantly, and more about a state of mind in which we recognize that we don't need extravagance.
  • less about modifying the natural world, and more about living in harmony with it.
  • less about solving problems of the wealthy, and more about eradicating the poverty that makes real sustainability impossible.
  • less about debating the tradeoffs between the economy and the environment, and more about understanding that economic, environmental, and social sustainability all go hand-in-hand.
  • less about viewing the environment as a commodity, and more about respecting it as a living entity.