The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in the belief that we have the opportunity to present all of our visitors, students and collaborators with an incredibly unique environment. Situated in southern Eleuthera, The Bahamas, our remote location has always necessitated a high level of self-sustainability. Our community size is ideal for the creation and testing viability of working models, and our vision demands that we live well in this place. Many of our successes have been centered around environmental management: our water supply is harvested via rainwater, we boast one of the largest renewable energy systems in the country, we strive to be a zero waste campus, and we manufacture our own biodiesel.
We’re building upon those successes, looking to new challenges, and continuing to educate in one of the world’s most sustainable classrooms, our campus.
Our location, at the south-western tip of Eleuthera, Bahamas, is an ideal location as we tackle “one planet living” challenges on a micro scale everyday. We model a sustainable ecological footprint through:
The sustainability initiatives of the Center for Sustainable Development address both internal and external economic paradigms. Internally, given limited shared resources, we seek to successfully navigate the tragedy of the commons. We make decisions within our organization which cooperatively benefit both economic and environmental prosperity, at present and into the future. We enact principled economic systems which benefit our organization and our greater community.
Externally, the CSD demonstrates the economic viability of sustainability as a recognized business opportunity. We look to partner with organizations such as One Eleuthera, College of the Bahamas, Bahamian Technical and Vocational Institute, and University of Miami to offer courses for a national and international student base. Working with “green-technologies” at a theoretical and practical level, we will train the leaders in a global movement toward sustainable development.
"Social and cultural sustainability are inherently dynamic concepts, subject to change as people and populations evolve over time. Such factors are subjective, qualitative, ideological and political by nature” (Tiina Silvasti, 2009) making social sustainability difficult to quantify. Still, such components are fundamentally linked to the success of environmental and economic efforts. Education and outreach are the aspects of social and cultural sustainability founded in our organization’s mission. With the campus as the classroom, we seek to inspire others to live what we teach while carefully considering our relationships to local, national, and international communities. Specifically, we look to examine international law, community lifestyles, professional partnerships, and ethical consumerism.
Island School real-time energy data
With the new, Campis Cloud, the Center for Sustainable Development is measuring energy consumption, atmospheric pressure, wind speed, temperature, renewable energy production, humidity, wind direction, rainfall, water consumption, and irradiance. Check out live-updating charts through the link below:
Sustainable living is something our whole campus is involved with. Our green campus allows students, educators and scientists to live what we teach. Through daily chores, research class and seminar, The Island School students are involved in a variety of sustainable systems across campus.