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Here's What You Need to Know

In academia and the scientific community, there are many definitions of sustainability, but the main theme is that a sustainable practice improves the community, economy, and environment of a region, or in other words, sustainability conserves (rather than depletes) the resources of the 3 P's: People, Profit, and Planet. See below for information on these three features of sustainability.

“[Sustainability is] development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
1987 Brundtland Commision Definition of Sustainability




 
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People

When a business, city, government, university, or any other entity puts people first and seeks to create a safe, healthy, and fair environment, it becomes a great benefit to society. Social connections are strengthened, barriers are breached, and cultural growth is reinforced.

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Profit

A sustainable economy is one that can continue its growth without depleting its resources and enhances both People and Planet. If it minimizes impact while maximizing profit, improves the living situations of its community, and follows ethical principles, it's good business!

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Planet

When we protect the ecosystems we live in, it doesn't just protect plants and animals, it greatly impacts our daily lives. Protected environments make us healthier, connects us to nature, and reduces our impact on the world.