What is Sustainability?

"Sustainable development ... meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own"

Our Common Future (The Brundtland Report)
United Nation World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED)

The principles of sustainable development acknowledge that our planet’s natural resources are limited, and that the balanced distribution and responsible utilization of these resources is critical to the viability and biodiversity of our planet, as well as the economic and social stability of the peoples that inhabit it.

Through sustainable policy, design and practices we seek to improve the health of our ecosystems and the quality of living for all peoples.

Sustainability asks ...

Is it affordable?
Is it healthy?
Is it fair?

This Venn diagram shows 3 overlapping circles to illustrate the relationships between our natural environment, society, and the economy as they pertain to the principles of sustainability: to be viable, bearable, and equitable. Where all 3 principles have been met, we are functioning sustainably