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- n. the ability to sustain something
- n. a means of configuring civilization and human activity so that society, its members and its economies are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems, planning and acting for the ability to maintain these ideals for future generations
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- n. the property of being sustainable
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There’s sustainability and then there’s *sustainability*.
Solutions are sought, but the phrase "sustainability practices" is often bandied about as a potential panacea for job creation without direction.
In an era when the term "sustainability" is increasingly cast as mere jargon, it is worth noting a sincere and authentic application of family, business and building which gives credence to the term.
I was trying to make the point that we have the means to do quantitative, whole-system analysis of our material and energy impacts, rather than leave the term sustainability as just a fuzzy green word that could mean recycling the newspaper or maybe even driving a hybrid.
Despite its popularity, the term sustainability is used in a wide variety of ways with a plethora of meanings.
In 1987, the term 'sustainability' officially shifted from financial to environmental when Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland in a key United Nations report coined the original definition, "Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs."
In 1993 this group first used the term sustainability when setting its goals.
And when green and eco became something else, the term sustainability sprung into the market.
"In many ways, the term sustainability has become synonymous with responsibility for consumers or just 'doing the right thing'."
According to the research, there is much greater awareness of the term sustainability and it has some impact on the way consumers purchase their food:
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