Karen Craig

What does sustainability mean to you?

My father studied Environmental Science and for many years our family vacations consisted of camping for two weeks in remote areas of the California Sierra Nevada Mountains. On these trips and our other regular excursions into nature, my parents taught me to “leave it better than you found it”. These formative experiences share the ethos of the original definition of sustainability from the Brundtland Commission Report, which is “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

Today, the trio of people, planet, and profit in sustainability has taken on an even more comprehensive meaning to me on how we can ensure healthy consumers and workers, minimize negative environmental impacts and strengthen local, regional, and global economies

What has been your greatest experience working towards a more sustainable Chicago?

My participation as a student in the historic strategic planning process which resulted in Roosevelt University’s adoption in 2015 of a Strategic Sustainability Plan, that to this day guides every facet of work throughout the university, was not only personally rewarding, but exemplifies tangible results from collaborative and thoughtful work that inspires me to continue on my journey for our sustainable future.