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  Monitoring for Sustainability
What many refer to as the “sustainability process” summarizes a set of behaviors or actions that they believe will help them achieve a state of sustainability, whether they mean it as an absolute state or as a range of conditions.
The fundamental problem with the sustained yield perspective is that it fails to recognize that management activities influence joint-production land systems that constantly provide soil, water, air, plant and animal material, portions of which humans use as resources.
He suggests that the challenges are twofold and require first to identify social goals related to sustainability and those that are unrelated and second to conduct an assessment (e.g., historical analysis) to show that a particular aspect of well-being has been missing in societies that are unsustainable.
www.fs.fed.us /institute/monitoring/Sustainability_monitoring.htm   (2998 words)

  Sustainability - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sustainability is a systemic concept, relating to the continuity of economic, social, institutional and environmental aspects of human society, as well as the non-human environment.
There is also a positive way to view sustainability: though values vary greatly in detail within and between cultures, at the heart of the concept of sustainability there is a fundamental, immutable value set that is best stated as 'parallel care and respect for the ecosystem and for the people within'.
The need for sustainability analysis and particularly for indicators of sustainability is a key requirement to implement and monitor the development of national sustainable development plans, as required by Agenda 21 agreed at UNCED in June 1992.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sustainability   (3365 words)

To an ecologist, sustainability is the ability of ecosystems, such as a lake ecosystem, to maintain its structure and function and to remain resilient in order to continue to give and support life.
To a sociologist, sustainability is the ability of individuals and communities to remain in good health physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and ensure equity among and between generations.
Since our definition of sustainability is based on the recognition that the sustainability of ecosystems is necessary for the sustainability of economies and human communities, sustainability is not simply about ensuring that development in the present doesn't compromise the needs of future generations of humans.
www.cier.ca /sustainability_rts.html   (681 words)

 The Health Communication Unit - Sustainability
Sustaining the issue involves keeping awareness of the issue high on the agenda of all stakeholders including the public, community partners and decision makers.
Sustaining programs involves integrating one or more related activities (a program) such as an awareness campaign, a support group, or educational sessions into one or more existing organizations who agree to take responsibility for the program over the long-term.
Sustaining the partnership is about creating and maintaining productive working relationships and maximizing the benefits of addressing an issue with a diverse group of stakeholders.
www.thcu.ca /infoandresources/sustainability.htm   (157 words)

 Anavo - How we define 'Sustainability'   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sustainability means: to strive for optimal living conditions while improving our natural environmental and social systems.
The sustainability movement is sometimes confused with two better-known social movements: the environmental movement and the new age movement.
People in the sustainability movement are happy to work with other social movements, but in doing so they retain their commitment to a practical, positive, whole-systems approach.
www.anavogroup.com /sustainability.html   (539 words)

 Sustainability, Weed & Seed - Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO)
A prototype initiative called Sustainable Safety and Community Enhancement promotes a comprehensive multisystem approach depending primarily on existing public and private resources already in or immediately accessible to the communities as opposed to federal discretionary funds.
One statewide initiative, the Arizona Sustainable Safety and Community Enhancement Initiative, is an example of an unfunded alternative to the discretionary grants approach used to implement the Weed and Seed strategy.
Sustainability planning should be closely linked with implementation of the site strategy and should begin early in the Weed and Seed 5-year funding cycle.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov /ccdo/ws/sustainability.html   (775 words)

 Sustainability in Western Australia - Presentation by Prof. Newman on Radio National
Global politics is suffused with the sustainability agenda though it is not used at a Federal level in Australia other than in a cursory manner.
WA is on the edge in both senses - its sustainability vision centre-piece in recent times is a global first to stop the logging of old growth forests.
This is obviously not simple for them but in the struggle to see how environmental and social issues can be solved as part of their corporate sustainability, they are finding that their financial situation is improved.
www.sustainability.dpc.wa.gov.au /docs/Pres22Nov2001.htm   (730 words)

While perhaps not fulfilling all the features of a strong sustainable activity, the case studies were felt to hold points of interest for the wider global development community and have the potential to be replicated.
According to Pretty 1998 writing in relation to sustainable agriculture ‘Sustainability is a complex and contested concept, to many it implies persistence and the capacity of something to continue for a long time’.
Sustainability may therefore be affected by whether the institution significantly contributes to the development process and whether the institutional factors are in place.
www.sustainableicts.org /Sustainable.htm   (1960 words)

 Live Talk Wednesday (held earlier)
Guests: Nancy Welch, Morrison Institute,
and Jim Holway, Global Institute of ...
NW: Sustainability is different because of its acknowledgement of a “triple bottom line” in which the economy, community, and environment are taken into consideration in decisions and actions.
A challenge of sustainability, as contributor Ed Fox of APS notes, is to remain keenly aware of “its role in decision-making.
Sustainability asks that we base economic feasibility on a longer term view and that we also put a value on our natural resources, public health, and other determinants of quality of life, not just on incomes or what we pay for products.
www.azcentral.com /news/aztalk/forum/articles/0109forum_livetalk-CR.html   (2980 words)

 Basic Information | Sustainability | US EPA
Sustainable development marries two important themes: that environmental protection does not preclude economic development and that economic development must be ecologically viable now and in the long run.
To promote the adoption of new technologies for sustainability by small businesses and other organizations, EPA sets aside 2.5 percent of its external research budget for contracts to small businesses to develop and commercialize new environmental technologies.
This page is designed for teachers who wish to introduce the concepts of sustainability into their classrooms and for students who need assistance and guidance in their sustainable research projects.
www.epa.gov /sustainability/basicinfo.htm   (1180 words)

 Chicago Faucets Sustainability
Sustainability and social responsibility are closely interrelated and are important subjects for us.
The Geberit Group wishes to maintain its top position amongst its competitors in the field of sustainability and thus to continue to be a role model for the industry in future.
Sustainability has a long tradition at Geberit where it has been a central theme since the early nineties.
www.chicagofaucets.com /web/appl/us/wcmscfc.nsf/pages/comp-sustain-1   (189 words)

 Sustainability of Human Progress   (Site not responding. Last check: )
There is a widespread belief that the present standard of living of the advanced countries is not sustainable and not extendable to the present backward countries.
If progress were not sustainable, then it would be important to reduce consumption of whatever resources were limiting progress.
Since progress is sustainable, and there is no limiting resource in the short term (next few hundred years and probably much longer), the most important way to help the poor countries is to help them develop more or less along the path pioneered by the richer countries - skipping some steps when possible.
www-formal.stanford.edu /jmc/progress   (3617 words)

 Sustainability   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sustainability is the idea that future generations inherit a world at least as bountiful as the one we inhabit.
Sustainability is generally considered to consist of actions that support — now and for the future — social sustainability (individual and community well-being), economic sustainability (economic prosperity) and environmental sustainability (the protection of air, water, soils, energy, marine resources and other factors in the environment needed for biodiversity, including humanity, to live).
Sustainability in the NSW public sector means addressing the needs of current and future generations through the integration of social justice, economic prosperity and environmental protection in ways that are transparent, accountable and fiscally responsible.
www.premiers.nsw.gov.au /NSWCommunity/Community/Sustainability.htm   (801 words)

 Florida Sustainable Communities Center Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: )
"Sustainability is the [emerging] doctrine that economic growth and development must take place, and be maintained over time, within the limits set by ecology in the broadest sense--by the interrelations of human beings and their works, and the biosphere...
"Sustainability is restoring to the human mind and spirit the LIVING connections between humans and the planet and everything in, on, and around it.
There are many definitions of sustainability that give support to the inclusion of different elements in a green plan or sustainable development and management strategy.
sustainable.state.fl.us /fdi/fscc/resource/articles/aboutsus.htm   (801 words)

 Seattle City Light Conservation | Sustainable Building
Sustainable building can reduce the tremendous impact that building design, construction and maintenance has on both people and nature.
Sustainability does not require advanced training in esoteric applications nor is it a technology limited to highly-specific market niches.
Sustainability combines three components -- economy, environment and social equity -- and implies global stewardship of the earth's resources.
www.ci.seattle.wa.us /light/conserve/sustainability   (461 words)

 Online TDM Encyclopedia - Sustainable Transportation and TDM
Sustainability is a planning perspective that accounts for economic, social and environmental goals, including impacts that are indirect, difficult to measure, and distant in time and space.
Sustainability requires a clearly defined, transparent planning process, adequate opportunities for stakeholder to become informed about issues and be involved in decision-making, and good communication between professionals and the general public.
Sustainable transportation planning tends to be particularly important in lower-income, Developing Regions, since they have more limited resources, tend to rely more on alternative travel modes, and are currently making critical planning decisions which will determine the type of transportation system they will have in the future.
www.vtpi.org /tdm/tdm67.htm   (4174 words)

 Sustainability at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Sustainability at Bristol-Myers Squibb means delivering on our mission to extend and enhance human life in a way that supports the capacity of future generations to meet their needs.
Comprehensive sustainability goals for 2010 developed in conjunction with hundreds of internal and external stakeholders.
Through stakeholder engagement, we are able to identify and address key issues of importance, such as access to medicines, intellectual property rights, pharmaceuticals in the environment, and global climate change.
www.bms.com /ehs   (453 words)

 Sustainability | US EPA
Sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
This biennial conference is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Sustainability Initiative and Carnegie Mellon University’s Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research.
Oct. 24, 2008 is the deadline for abstracts of papers related to environmentally sustainable building and infrastructure.
www.epa.gov /sustainability   (452 words)

 City of Corvallis Public Works Department
In a sustainable society, environmental protection, economic objectives, and social justice join together to meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet the needs of tomorrow.
Sustainability wasn't a well-known concept at that time and we didn't fully appreciate the side benefit on the global environment from our cost-saving measures.
In their final, Phase 2 Report, Sustainability Recommendations, the consultants recommend the next steps to a more systematic, comprehensive approach to the issue, with stated goals, timelines and metrics.
www.ci.corvallis.or.us /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1825&Itemid=2099   (650 words)

 Sustainability Topics
Sustainability is a concept which deals with mankind's impact, through development, on the environment.
Sustainable Development is "development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Today's environmental problems, like air pollution, are largely a consequence of the unsustainable consumption of natural resources and the mismanagement of waste products.
Sustainability is about environmental protection, sustained economic growth and social equity.
www.ace.mmu.ac.uk /eae/Sustainability/sustainability.html   (79 words)

 S* - Sustainability
Their goal was to unite the many initiatives around MIT related to sustainability and begin the process of real institutional change.
The letter emphasized that the Energy Research Council was one among many sustainability related activities on campus, and that the moment of the ERC's launch represented an opportunity to bring broader issues of sustainability into the awareness of the MIT community.
We are also putting together a Sustainability Speaker Series at MIT Sloan and co-sponsoring an Environmental Films Festival during IAP 2007, both of which promise to enhance visibility and awareness of sustainability issues around campus.
sustainability.mit.edu /S*   (630 words)

 Sustainability   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Sustainable design is a broad concept which aims to reduce the adverse effect of human activities on our world.
The purpose of this section, sponsored by the Carbon Trust and the initiative of the RIBA Sustainable Futures group, is to provide architects with the inspiration and practical tools to practice sustainable architecture.
The UK government has set a target of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% by the year 2010 — a significant contribution to meeting this target is achievable through sustainable architecture.
www.architecture.com /go/Architecture/Debate/Sustainability_2637.html   (158 words)

 Sustainable Measures - What is sustainability, anyway?
Sustainable development, sustainable community, sustainable industry, sustainable agriculture.
Sustainability is related to the quality of life in a community -- whether the economic, social and environmental systems that make up the community are providing a healthy, productive, meaningful life for all community residents, present and future.
Understanding the three parts and their links is key to understanding sustainability, because sustainability is about more than just quality of life.
www.sustainablemeasures.com /Sustainability/index.html   (630 words)

 What Is Sustainability
Thus, sustainability can be articulated with methodological and scientific rigor making it credible and useful for analyzing and managing human activities, especially as they relate to nature, resources, and development.
In the present context, sustainability represents an idealized societal state where people live long dignified, comfortable, and productive lives, satisfying their needs in environmentally sound and socially just ways so as to not compromise the ability of other human beings from doing the same now and into the distant future.
Thus, sustainability is a philosophy with a new vision of the proper landscape.
www.uwsp.edu /cnr/GEM/ambassador/What_is_sustainability.htm   (3085 words)

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