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Sustainability Defined

Intro to Sustainability Week 1

Kyle Crider

on 1 July 2013

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Transcript of Sustainability Defined

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Week 1 - Sustainability Defined
Intro to Sustainability
Sustainability means
living within limits...
...otherwise, we have "impossible hamsters!"
Sustainability and "Stuff"
Story of Stuff (2007, OFFICIAL Version)
Sustainable Development
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts: (1) the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and (2) the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs."
The "Triple Bottom Line"
Sustainability thus involves environmental, economic and social well-being for today and tomorrow. This is the "Triple Bottom Line" of sustainable business:
The "Triple Bottom Line"
Reality Check:
Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability
People - It must be equitable (promote social well-being)
Planet - It must be environmental
Profit - It must be economical
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