Your Sustainable Community Plan provides the framework for carrying out Sustainable Development Projects that address critical community needs and improve your community’s overall quality of life.
If Sustainable Community Planning is what you DO then Sustainable Development is what you Produce! (NB.Thanks to Antony Bugg-Levine & Jed Emerson)
WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?
The most widely accepted definition of Sustainable Development was produced by the World Commission on Environment and Development, Brundtland Report (1987).
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
As a complement to the Brundtland Report the definition of Seventh Generation Sustainability, attributed to the Iroquois Nations, reminds us that to achieve sustainability we must be prepared to make difficult choices and do the hard work needed to turn our choices into programs and policies that improve our communities. In effect achieving sustainability requires stakeholders to “have skin as thick as the bark of a pine.”
“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation… even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine.” Iroquois Nations
WHY DO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?
As illustrated by the Circle of Prosperity, sustainable development can provide a community with a holistic approach to raising their overall quality of life. In sustainable development terms this holistic approach integrates People, Planet, and Profit$.
In the following sections on Methodology the reader will gain a clear understanding of how our M-A-AP $ Monetize methodology integrates the three pillars of sustainability. People, Planet and Profit$ in a practical, holistic approach to sustainable development.
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