What is sustainability?

Sustainable living is not a new concept.

“The traditional definition of sustainability calls for policies and strategies that meet society’s present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” notes the US Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA adds that the 1970 National Environmental Policy Act established as a national goal the creation and maintenance of conditions under which humans and nature “can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans.”

“Sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals – environmental health, economic profitability and economic equity,” explains the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. “Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Check out the Sustainable Communities Network, linking citizens to resources.  Or the Sustainable Table, which offers advice on healthy food choices. And Sustainable Northwest supports a conservation-based economy in our region.

Sustainability requires thinking ahead, caring about our children’s futures and the health of our communities whenever we make choices about homes and jobs, communities and families, clothing and whatever food we put on our table.

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