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Sustainability is a state of dynamic equilibrium achieved by taking responsibility for balancing long term economic, environmental and social health --for ourselves, our communities, and our world.

Sustainability brings to light the connections between natural and human communities.

Sustainability implies evolving our local and global civilization in a manner that makes sense socially, ecologically and economically.


One commonly understood idea of sustainability is the capacity for continuance into the long term. This concept surfaces throughout history, reflected, for example, in the “seventh generation” philosophy of the Native American Iroquois Confederacy, which mandated that tribal chiefs always consider the effects of their actions on descendants seven generations in the future. 

The most popular recent definition of sustainability can be traced to a 1987 United Nations Conference and states that sustainability in the context of development is: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Report of the Brundtland Commission, “Our Common Future,” 1987)

Whether we are aware of it or not, our everyday behaviors and practices are determining our destiny and that of the entire community of life for generations to come.


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5 Simple Steps toward Sustainability

  • Turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use
  • Recycle all that you can
  • USE reusable shopping bags
  • Switch to paperless banking
  • Wash your laundry in cold water


 Taking these five simple steps will make a significant difference in your personal carbon footprint

If everyone would do just these five things - we would be taking a HUGE step toward sustaining our planet