Considering KASA is based in a university, our definition of sustainability encompasses three areas that are central to the missions of higher education:
Research and Education
Practice and Infrastructure
Learning to be sustainable beings
We are not in control
At the heart of these interrelated areas is the core belief that humans are not in control of nature. Sustainability is a condition that allows the sustenance of life-making by both humans and nonhumans.
Sustainability can be realized when we recognize and celebrate the complexity and dynamics of human-nature interactions
Through research, education, practice, and global/community engagement, KASA Sustainability creates an arena where faculty, staff, and students work together and learn to be sustainable beings.
Understanding sustainability and
learning to be sustainable beings
KASA Sustainability was formed in 2015 with the mission of (re)connecting people to nature. We are interested in understanding and appreciating complex and dynamic human-nature relations. Our first initiative was the Campus Farming project, which teaches how to enjoy the harvest of organic vegetables, fruits, and flowers while appreciating the importance and difficulty of growing food.
The name KASA has multiple interconnected meanings. In Latin languages, “Casa” is a word for “house/home.” At KASA, we see ourselves as a home where people with distinct backgrounds, skills, and expertise can come together to understand and practice sustainability and learn to be sustainable beings. Kasa (傘) also means “umbrella” in Japanese. The umbrella is made by gathering several spokes together that support each other to protect people from the rain. As an umbrella structure, at KASA, we are all connected to the core belief that “humans are not in control of nature.”