At present, the words sustainable and sustainability tend to be associated with environmental issues. Yet, the word sustain comes from the Old French sostenier meaning, “hold up, bear; suffer, endure” and Latin’s sustinere that adds, “hold upright; furnish with means of support; undergo.” Latin’s sustinere can further be broken down into the elements sub and tenere, the root of which, ten, means, “to stretch” (Harper). This paper reflects upon the ways in which the concept of sustainability affects my role as a writing tutor and composition instructor as I seek to help students stretch their abilities to develop ideas through writing. I detail experiences in which the research process has helped students realize that there is truth to both sides of any given argument. The question that I pose for other tutors and instructors is: How can we understand the reality and truth of this moment and maintain intention to shape a livable future?
James, Emily. "Imagining Across Disciplines for a Sustainable Future." 2018, pp. 1-8.