The second thing that comes to mind when thinking about sustainability is immersion.
The point of immersion is education. Education is considered one of the most important aspects to implement a better understanding of sustainability. Education can be at different levels. Most believe that it should take place at school. The impressionable age can allow young students to adopt the understanding of sustainability and then take it home to further the education. There is also a need to educate service providers and business in order to begin to develop products and processes that adopt a wholistic understanding of sustainability from the raw materials to the processes, packaging, distribution, and waste. The complete life-cycle.
There is a cost to educate. Then, after the education, one would expect a conversion period that may begin through adption of one practice, and perhaps another would follow.
Immersion is different. Immersion creates a fully integrated environment that immediately modifies the actions and activities of everyone within the environment. An example could be a school.
The infrastructure is fully utilized and energy independent. It is off the grid for energy consumption but can supply others when necessary from its storage cells. The building is oriented to best adopt the natural features of its surroundings. It is not conditioned to create an artificial environment but fits into the natural environment it belongs to. It collects water, filters waste, generates alternative energy and reuses all materials to reduce waste to a minimum.
The design of the building creates for practical, integrated, and social learning. There are indoor and outdoor class environments. Learning progress is monitored and measured electronically so teachers can focus on those students who need it most while recognizing those who are striving as well. There is more engagement because learning takes place continously, without limitations, and it is a celebration.
The facility serves and engages the community as a learning and teaching site. It has 24/7 functionality. It includes a community garden that supplies fresh crops for its students, teachers, and neighbors giving opportuinites to learn self-sustaining practices of nutrition, gardening and kitchen duties.
Sustainability is not taught in this facility. It is practiced through immersion.