Sustainability is a complex concept because its practices support ecological, human, and economic health and vitality. To execute this concept, one should understand the interdependency between community well-being, and a healthy environment and a vibrant economy.
Sustainability is the capacity for a society to exist successfully for the short and long term. To attain this, the society must plan for and manage the social and the natural environment to balance and support both entities; this approach can provide a high quality of life and still allow both the human and the natural environment to thrive for current and future generations.
This concept, in its applied form, requires careful choices to be made in balancing utilization of resources, the direction of investments and orientation of technological development, as well as in designing social and institutional structures to benefit the community and natural environment upon which we depend. It follows that adopting sustainability practices protects environmental and human health with clean air, clean water, and other necessary resources needed for human societies.
Sustainability is a holistic approach which encompasses community involvement, and the integration of community wellbeing, economic and environmental principles. When implemented thoughtfully and effectively, these principles work together to build an efficient, beautiful, and vibrant community.
Sustainability “best practices” promote clean energy sources, the conservation and efficient use of energy, water and resources, the re-use and re-purposing of materials, efficient and accessible recycling practices, and integrated transportation systems, balanced city/regional development, urban garden and green spaces, sustainable farming, and sustainable business practices.