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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.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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                          http://www.epa.gov/sustainability/

NJ DEP Sustainable                       http://www.state.nj.us/dep/opsc/sustcomm.html

The New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability  www.njheps.org/

US Business Council for Sustainable Development   http://usbcsd.org/

World Business Council for Sustainable Development           http://www.wbcsd.org

Corporate Sustainability  Reports             http://www.sustainability-reports.com/

Sustainable Dictionary       http://www.sustainabilitydictionary.com/

examples:

Walmart  http://walmartstores.com/sustainability/

Starbucks  http://www.starbucks.com/responsibility