I think there’s a challenge in that regard. Once we announced the gift, I had several people telling me that surely by sustainability we meant — fill in the blank.
We do have a specific definition that talks about the triple bottom line — environmental, economic and social. But I don’t want it to get so broad that it means every good thing in the world.
But when you want to get a real shift in people’s minds, you have to do more than invent new gizmos or manage your resources differently. You have to deal with the issue of culture. So thinking about man’s relation to nature — the sort of thing the philosophy department does — is totally relevant. Sustainability is not a purely technical issue. It’s also a cultural and philosophical issue.