Principles for Sustainability


Practicing sustainability means living in such a way that future generations can enjoy as much quality of life as we do today.  To help make this practical, we use a science-based definition of sustainability called The Natural Step, which can be simplified as follows:

Living within the Earth’s means…
  • Eliminating pollution
  • Protecting natural systems
  • Conserving resources for future generations
… while meeting basic human needs
  • Physical, mental, social, economic
  • Protection from harm
  • For current and future generations

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