What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is traditionally defined as “The ability to provide for the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”  It is also defined as “the potential for long-term maintenance of wellbeing, which in turn depends on the wellbeing of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources”. Sustainability is the capacity to endure….a contract that says to our children “I’ll take care of the environment so that you can enjoy it in the same manner as I do today.”

This two-minute animation from Real Eyes says it all. (Thanks to Strategies for Sustainability for sharing).

 Ten easy things you can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle: 

  • Keep your car serviced and change the oil frequently
  • Opt out of junk mail lists
  • Print double sided documents
  • In the winter use the oven as a heater by baking more
  • Turn out lights, heating cooling, TV and computers when not in use


  • When you drive combine several trips into one
  • Support local businesses
  • Recycle, don’t have curbside recycling at home bring it to work
  • Instead of using disposable plastic silverware at lunch, wash and re-use metal silverware
  • Educate yourself by reading A Sustainable Life

 This commercial shows how easy it is to live sustainably.


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