Environmental Sustainability And Sustainable Development

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According to Sustainable Measures, “there may be as many definitions of sustainability and sustainable development as there are groups trying to define it. All the definitions have to do with: • Living within the limits • Understanding the interconnections among economy, society, and environment • Equitable distribution of resources and opportunities (para. 1, 2). Sustainability is interrelated to the value or worth of life in a community -- whether the economic, social and environmental systems that define the community are responsible for or providing for a healthy, productive, meaningful life for all community residents, present and future (Sustainable Measures. Para. 1). Environmental sustainability as defined by Financial Times, as “a state in which the demands placed on the environment can be met without reducing its capacity to allow all people to live well, now and in the future. Evidence is strong that we are exceeding and eroding the earth’s carrying capacity, that there are limits to growth on a finite planet” (para. 1, 2). They further explain that “sometimes ‘environmental’, ‘social’ and ‘economic’ are termed to be the three pillars of sustainability. But this is problematic as it suggests they are equivalent and can be traded. Environmental sustainability is the context within social and economic life happen” (para. 3). Environmental justice as explained by the US Environmental Protection Agency, “is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies (para. 1). As Broward.org explains, Broward County was created from sections of Dade and P... ... middle of paper ... ...f a recognized demand for an efficient way to delineate, quantify, and follow the improvement concerning local sustainability. The rating system presents a vigorous, data-driven framework that lets communities describe sustainability for themselves and then asses and improve economic, environmental, and social performance (p. 4, 5). A free STAR Community Rating System can be download from http://www.starcommunities.org/rating-system/. As STAR Communities explains, “Broward County joined the STAR network as a Pilot Community in November 2012. As a Pilot, the community greatly helped to improve STAR through a year-long testing and evaluation period of the STAR Community Rating System and its associated tools and products. In February 2014, Broward County became the first county government in the United States to achieve a Certified 4-STAR Community Rating” (para. 2).
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