sustainability – (from dictionary.com)
–verb (used with object)
1. to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.
2. to bear (a burden, charge, etc.).
3. to undergo, experience, or suffer (injury, loss, etc.); endure without giving way or yielding.
4. to keep (a person, the mind, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as under trial or affliction.
5. to keep up or keep going, as an action or process: to sustain a conversation.
6. to supply with food, drink, and other necessities of life.
7. to provide for (an institution or the like) by furnishing means or funds.
8. to support (a cause or the like) by aid or approval.
9. to uphold as valid, just, or correct, as a claim or the person making it: The judge sustained the lawyer’s objection.
10. to confirm or corroborate, as a statement: Further investigation sustained my suspicions.
Origin: 1250–1300; ME suste(i)nen < AF sustenir, OF < L sustinēre to uphold, equiv. to sus- sus- + -tinēre, comb. form of tenēre to hold
1. carry. See support. 3. bear. 5. maintain.
tr.v. sus·tained, sus·tain·ing, sus·tains
1. To keep in existence; maintain.
2. To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for.
3. To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop.
4. To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage.
5. To bear up under; withstand: can’t sustain the blistering heat.
6. To experience or suffer: sustained a fatal injury.
7. To affirm the validity of: The judge has sustained the prosecutor’s objection.
8. To prove or corroborate; confirm.
9. To keep up (a joke or assumed role, for example) competently.
[Middle English sustenen, from Old French sustenir, from Latinsustinēre : sub-, from below; see sub- + tenēre, to hold; see ten-in Indo-European roots.]
sus·tain’a·bil’i·ty n., sus·tain’a·ble adj., sus·tain’er n.,sus·tain’ment n.
I am thinking about what I am doing, this daily process, this idea of 21 days – and it’s now making me think of sustainability, specifically sustainable energy.
I find these words both literal and metaphorical in their implication.
I feel it would be worth exploring how my personal process of creative sustainable energy is mirrored in/into a process of environmental sustainable energy. Possibly giving this a MIRRORED MICRO/MACRO bent.
I’m thinking of it less in the way of an individual recycling and reducing their carbon footprint to help reduce the global warming and more in terms of the creative process of the changes and shifts an individual goes through in order to maximize their personal energy & productive output and how that energy flows out and effects the world around them.
This is a rough idea that I just came up with this evening. I’ve been thinking about my interest in environmental sustainability, the related classes I’ve taken at ITP, my general personal pursuits in this area, as well as the desire to educate myself even further in this area. This would be a good opportunity to do that. We’ll see.