Sustainability is progress that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The central goal of sustainability is to provide the best outcomes for the human and natural worlds.
A sustainable community is an environmentally, economically, and socially healthy place where people can live, work and play for decades to come:
- Ecological sustainability ensures that all parts of the natural and built environments work together as a single ecological system.
- Economic sustainability ensures a healthy economy that supports and sustains people and the environment in which they live over the long-term.
Sustainable Economy by BusinessWeek
- Social sustainability ensures that a community meets residents’ basic health and social needs (shelter, water, food security and sanitation) and has the resiliency to prevent and/or address problems in the future.
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