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What is Sustainability?

“Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” is one of the most popularly accepted definitions of sustainability. It takes its roots from the 1987 United Nations Brundtland Commission.

The folks at Wikipedia have assembled a wealth of information that is quite helpful in better understanding the concept, definition and history of sustainability.

A universally-accepted definition is elusive because sustainability is expected to achieve many things on many levels – locally, regionally, nationally and globally. And each of these priorities can differ based on a particular individual’s or institution’s principles, perspectives or passions.


EPA Sustainability                

NJ DEP Sustainable             

The New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability

US Business Council for Sustainable Development

World Business Council for Sustainable Development 

Corporate Sustainability  Reports   

Sustainable Dictionary