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Sustainability Learning Lab at Bellevue University: Introduction to Sustainability

The Three Pillars of Sustainability

People (Social)
It is beneficial to us and our communities

Planet (Environmental)
It is good for the environment.

Profit  (Economic) 
It makes economic sense

Source of image: EPA Sustainability Primer. Click on image to go to primer.

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Sustainability in a Nutshell

Often quoted definitions of Sustainability 

Sustainable development is "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (UN World Commission on Environment and Development).

"Sustainability is based on a simple principle: everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations" (United States Environmental Protection Agency).

The following documents are from the library reference databases and provide basic information about the concept.

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