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What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is generally defined as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Often misinterpreted as "environmental sustainability" it requires a much broader focus. While sustainability does involve using our natural resources wisely and protecting, enhancing, and mimicking the natural systems that support our planet, it also requires that we do these things in a way that both promotes economic prosperity and ensures that all members of society are treated with equality and respect.

Overall, sustainability is about building healthy, resilient communities where everyone has access to the resources needed to achieve a high quality of life without exceeding the capacity of our natural ecosystems.

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