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What is a Sustainable Community?

A sustainable community takes into account, and addresses, multiple human needs, not just one at the exclusion of all others. It is a place where people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives feel welcome and safe, where every group has a seat at the decision-making table, and where prosperity is shared. It takes a long-term perspective – focusing on anticipating and adapting to change in both the present and future.

A sustainable community manages its human, natural, and financial capital to meet current needs while ensuring that adequate resources are available for future generations. Continue reading from the Institute for Sustainable Communities

How Science Can Help Create a Sustainable World

Sustainability science has emerged as a new academic discipline in the last decade.  It provides a new approach to deal with complex, long-term global issues, such as human-induced climate and ecosystem changes, from broad perspectives. It also aims to promote solutions that contribute to rebuilding a sound relationship between human society and the environment (i.e. coupled social-ecological systems). 

An enhanced interface between academia and practitioners is vital to develop and implement such solutions. Strengthening connections between a variety of stakeholders - including governments, think tanks, the private sector, NGOs and other civil society actors - is required to support good governance for a sustainable society and reach the full potential of sustainability science. Continue reading from UNESCO

From our Collection

Link to The Upcycle by William McDonough in the Catalog
Link to Use it All in the catalog
Link to Under a White Sky in the catalog
Link to Leadership to Sustainability
Link to Sustainable Urbanism by Douglas Farr in the Catalog
Link to Sustainable Minimalism in the catalog
Link to Prefabulous World by Sheri Koones in the Catalog
Link to Climate of Hope by Michael Bloomberg in the Catalog
Link to Clean Food by Terry Walters in catalog
Link to the Omega Principle by Paul Greenberg in the catalog
Link to Soft City in the catalog
Link to Bamboo Contemporary in catalog
Link to The Power of Existing Buildings in catalog
Link to Sustainable Landscape Construction, Third Edition in the catalog

More Resource Guides

Link to Living a Clean Life Resource Guide
Link to Pollinator Pathways Resource Guide
Link to Local Information Resource Guide
Link to Creative Reuse Resource Guide