Concept of Sustainability

Since its introduction in the 1987 Brundtland Report, Our Common Future, the concept of environmental sustainability has spread rapidly and is now a central theme in the missions of countless international organizations. It is also a guiding principle in many projects that address environmental issues. In these settings the term has been used with diverse and evolving meanings. However, these definitions usually include the following elements: minimizing actions that degrade the planet's life support systems and living resources, and moving toward actions that are designed to restore and sustain these systems and resources. The purpose, then, of this portion of the Web site is to provide opportunities for subscribers to discuss the concept of environmental sustainability and to describe ways they have operationalized it in their work.

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