What Does it Mean to Live Sustainably?
To live sustainably, one strives to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. People living sustainably recognize the fundamental and inextricable interdependence between the economy, the environment, and social equity, and work to promote each to the benefit of all.
Why Focus on Sustainability?
There is growing evidence that the world community is living beyond its environmental means with adverse effects on the quality of life both locally and around the world. In short, this pattern cannot be sustained. Sustainability, as an organizing principle and value, provides the lens through which we can understand the interrelationship between and balance among social, environmental, and business issues and thus work to enhance the quality of life.
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Living Sustainably in Montgomery County
Many individuals, community groups and businesses in Montgomery County are making changes to behaviors and technology to reduce their impact on the environment.
Watch a video to see what changes the members of the Tikvat Israel Synagogue have made to live and work more sustainably.
Sustainability Web Pages
Indicators for Healthy and Sustainable Communities
Information about a joint initiative with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to develop sustainability indicators for Montgomery County.
The Citistates Group
Learn how metropolitan regions are positioning themselves to cope with the demanding economic, environmental, and social challenges of the 21st century.
List of Web pages related to national and local sustainability initiatives.
Sustainability in Other Locations
Climate Protection Plans from Other Jurisdictions
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