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Revision as of 17:12, 21 April 2013

Sustainable tools[1] to meet fundamental human needs.W

Welcome to Appropedia's Portal page for Sustainability

This portal is a guide to sustainability content on Appropedia.

Sustainability is expressed as meeting present environmental, social, and economic needs without compromising these factors for future generations[2][3][4] A practice cannot be said to be 'sustainable for X years/generations.' The use of any span of time disqualifies the activity. Sustainability is for perpetuity.

Sustainability also means greater efficiency in resource use, ultimately giving benefits to economic growth and overcoming poverty, as well as health and quality of life.

Sustainable design and sustainable development are critical factors to sustainable living. Sustainable design encompasses the development of appropriate technology, which is a staple of sustainable living practices.[5] Sustainable development in turn is the use of these technologies in infrastructure. Sustainable architecture (see Green building) and agriculture are the most common examples of this practice.[6]

Notes

  1. Adams, W.M. (2006). "The Future of Sustainability: Re-thinking Environment and Development in the Twenty-first Century." Report of the IUCN Renowned Thinkers Meeting, 29–31 January 2006. Retrieved on: 2009-07-25.
  2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "What is sustainability?" Retrieved on: 2007-08-20.
  3. United Nations General AssemblyW (2005). 2005 World Summit Outcome, Resolution A/60/1, adopted by the General Assembly on 15 September 2005. Retrieved on: 2009-07-25.
  4. This widely accepted definition of Sustainability comes from the Brundtland Commission in a 1987 report for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), specifically referring to economic development. Other terms can replace "development", however, and the definition remains valid. "Activities", behaviors", "practices", "energy", "consumption" are some of those terms.
  5. Fritsch, Al; Paul Gallimore (2007). Healing Appalachia: Sustainable Living Through Appropriate Technology. University Press of Kentucky. p. 2. ISBN 0-8131-2431-X. Unknown retrieval date, revised: 2009-07-25
  6. Wheeler, Stephen Maxwell; Timothy Beatley (2004). The Sustainable Urban Development Reader. Routledge. ISBN 0-4153-1187-X.


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