What is sustainability????

So what is sustainability??

According to Ed Quevedo of WSP Environmental North America sustainability can be used to describe:

  • A desirable state of affairs (a sustainable community).
  • A way of think (ideology).
  • A way of accounting for resource use (natural resources, financial resources, human resources).

According to Quevedo, the simple naming is “Living well, and in a healthy way, taking care of those who depend on you, as though tomorrow mattered.” His progressive naming is, “The pursuit of long-term viability and progress of our business while taking responsibility for listing, calculating, and improving the environmental, social, and economic consequences of our enterprise.

With result of 1987 Brundtland Commission report “Our Common Future, Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

From a theoretical view the triangle of people, planet, and  profit can help define sustainability.

bInformedDiagram

As you can see sustainability means a lot more than just protecting our environment. It is a matter of values that is directly related to integrating with all other activities within the host region.

 

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