Sustainability means that a process or state can be maintained at a certain level for as long as is wanted.
One of the most often-cited definitions of sustainability is the one created by the Brundtland Commission, led by the former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland. The Commission defined sustainable development as development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Sustainability relates to the connection of economic, social, institutional and environmental aspects of human society, as well as the non-human environment. Sustainability is one of the four Core Concepts behind the 2007 Universal Forum of Cultures. Sustainability also means that your something is always the same and does not change.
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- United Nations. 1987. "Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development." General Assembly Resolution 42/187, 11 December 1987. Retrieved: 2007-04-12
- Bridge, C. "Universal design impacts housing sustainability: Cost-benefit evidence." The University of Sydney, Faculty of Health Sciences. Retrieved on: July 26, 2007.
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Other websites[change | change source]
- Encyclopedia of Earth: Sustainability
- (ISC) The Institute for Sustainable Communication—Dedicated to raising awareness and capacity for the sustainable use of print and other communication media.
- Grant Thornton International Business Report Energy & Environment focus
- Worldchanging—the (award-winning) largest sustainability blog in the world.
- Choosing Green—video portal featuring content on sustainable building and architecture.
- Inside Green Business—A leading trade publication providing news and analysis on sustainability and the greening of industry.
- Sustainable Community Action Wiki—for anyone interested in action toward local sustainability, but especially ordinary people and community groups. Seeks to link up community and personal action for sustainability worldwide.
- SustainLane US City Rankings A flyover tour and comparative sustainability ranking of the 50 largest US cities.
- SustainLane Government Urban sustainability "best practices" database (public) and peer network (private; government practitioners).
- Appropedia, an active wiki on sustainability, appropriate technology and international development.
- interrupcion*—A community of organizations and individuals working together to promote sustainability, social responsibility.
- Decision Theater—Helping policy makers to address sustainability issues through visualization, simulation and collaboration.
- Foundation for Sustainable Development—Sustainable Solutions for the Developing World.
- SustainUS The U.S. Youth Network for Sustainable Development
- Green Progress—Green building and sustainable development news.
- One Planet Living
- WWW—Virtual Library—sustainable development—links.
- iNSnet—Portal site for sustainable development.
- Sustainability Now—Many references on Sustainability—from an engineering perspective.
- Self Help Development International SHDI is an Irish agency engaged in promoting long term sustainable development projects in Africa.
- Sustainable Living Foundation
- Sustainability reports portal—for downloading or ordering Sustainability reports
- Sustainability news coverage—from American Public Media.
- A series of articles on college sustainability programs in The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Marion Institute Dedicated to promoting innovative, practical and replicable solutions to a wide range of environmental and social-justice challenges at the root-cause level.
- "The Next Green Revolution" article on sustainability in Wired Magazine.
- Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy—ejournal.nbii.org: a peer-reviewed, open access journal that provides a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the field of sustainability.