What is sustainability?
Sustainability is based on the principle that the essentials people need to survive depend on a healthy, functioning natural environment. For example, clean air and water, healthy soil, trees for lumber, fiber for clothes, etc. To pursue sustainability means to create the conditions under which people and nature can productively coexist and support each other. Taking a sustainability approach to planning and decision-making helps protect and preserve the natural environment, which allows for greater well-being, a prosperous economy, and a vibrant community for all. The graphic shows the three components of sustainability—planet, people, and prosperity—and their relationships with each other. The model illustrates dependence on a healthy environment to support social well-being and a strong economy.
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