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March's Environmental Quality is Sustainability

March

2002/2003 Indicators Report

Eco says: It's a stewardship thing!
Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability is a journey--not a destination. It is a very complex process requiring each generation's creativity and innovation to work toward a more sustainable planet.

Sustainability Indicators Include:
Environmental

  • Air and water quality
  • conservation of natural resources
  • mixed use development
  • biodiversity

Economic

  • growth sufficient to create meaningful jobs
  • reduction of poverty
  • opportunity for a high quality of life for all

Community

  • a healthy, safe, diverse community ethics of stewardship
  • justice and opportunity to achieve social well-being
  • equal access to education
  • lifelong learning opportunities

"Sustainable thinking seeks prosperity, not just economic growth,
  in a way that draws together economic, social equity, and environmental considerations."

The President's Council on Sustainable Development (1996)

"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven  generations."  The Iroquois' great law of  peace.