Sustainability: A Solution For Humanity

Sustainable development is the only way people and communities can thrive in the 21st century. Sustainability is about meeting the needs of people while responsibly managing and protecting the natural resources our society depends on. As our planet faces an ever growing onslaught of environmental destruction, IDEAS For Us advances sustainability by educating the public, engaging with our member to create action projects, and by empowering people all over the world to create projects of their own.


The Five Pillars of Sustainability

The energy, water, food, waste, and ecology challenges we face are the result of a tangled web of factors but we believe solutions exist and it is our goal to find them and share them across our growing network. IDEAS projects break down sustainability into a framework of five focus areas that students, young professionals, businesses, and communities can easily engage in. This overlapping framework is called The Five Pillars of Sustainability. All IDEAS projects aim to create a virtuous cycle of change by tapping into a stockpile of scientific authority, local wisdom, and youth energy to win small victories at the local level.

  • Energy

  • Water

  • Food

  • Waste

  • Ecology



The Hive

Our method of community organizing focuses on creating a monthly gathering of people from diverse backgrounds. Through activities and teamwork we focus on one of the Five Pillars of Sustainability and take action. Our projects aim to blend social, environmental, and economic goals into our judgement of impact so best practices can be shared among other community Hives. The Hive is the best way to advance sustainability on campuses and in communities because it creates an active buzz around sustainable development that creates meaningful opportunities for leadership, learning, and friendship for all ages.

The Sustainable Development Goals

On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Following the adoption, UN agencies, under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Group, decided to support a multinational, cross-sector campaign called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each solution created by IDEAS addresses as many SDGs as possible to enrich our impact and generate data around the 169 target goals with our key performance indicators. 

  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
  • Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  • Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development