"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. "
-United Nations, Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future, 1987
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Sustainability - Overview
The following open-access websites provide definitions of sustainability and overviews of sustainability issues, ideas, and tactics:
- includes a Sustainable Development Timeline (PDF)
- provides access to a searchable database of more than 100 statements of Principles of Sustainable Development articulated over the past decade
- is published through Sustainable Development Communications Network's Sustainability Development Gateway (SD Gateway), which provides, in addition to over 1,200 documents available on SD Topics, services such as a calendar of events, a job bank, and the Sustainability Web Ring, a roster of mailing lists (listservs) and news sites dealing with sustainable development
- facilitates access to United Nations reports and agreements related to sustainable development, including the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future
- provides a direct link to Chapter 2 of Our Common Future, which defines sustainable development and details strategic imperatives for sustainability
Alex Steffen: Inspired ideas for a sustainable future
Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries (17:34).
For more information about this subject or this speaker, visit this talk at ted.org.
You might find the following eBooks useful when researching sustainability. You will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your AACC photo ID or Truxal Library card to access these resources from off-campus.
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You might find the following eBooks useful as introductions to sustainability concepts and issues. You will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your AACC photo ID or Truxal Library card to access these resources from off-campus.