This Day in History: Sustainability Defined

December 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm 1 comment


On December 11th, 1987, the Brundtland Commission defined sustainability.  The report, Our Common Future, defines sustainable development as:

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:
  • the concept of ‘needs’, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
  • the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.

  • Feeling froggy?  Read the full text from the UN.  
    Sustainable development has a lot of categories.  For a full list I recommend the all knowing Wikipedia.
    Although biased, I really think how we handle waste is a major component of sustainability.     Here is some info on sustainability 

    A video: William McDonough talks about Cradle to Cradle

    A video: The Story of Stuff – a look at how our consumption and waste and how this factors into sustainability

    Information on food sustainability

    Waukesha County’s Sustainability Plan


    Entry filed under: Sustainability, This Day in History.

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