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  •   Defining Sustainability  The term "sustainability" has a wide range of meanings, and comes laden with many political, economic, social, scientific, and technological overtones (see the "three pillars" diagram below).  For this reason, we have included a number of links for those who are interested in delving into the subject in detail:
    • What Is Sustainable Development? This is an online video of an Aspen Institute forum | FORA.tv
    • What Is Sustainability? - The Sustainability Report
    • Sustainability: Definition - Wikipedia
    • Robert Pojasek  | GreenBiz.com
    • Review Article: Defining Sustainability, Defining the Future
    • IFAC Sustainability Framework: Defining Sustainability -- (IFAC is the acronym for the International Federation of Accountants.  This web pages addresses sustainability from an accounting and finance perspective.)
    • Definitions of Sustainability | Sustainable Measures
    • Brundtland Commission -- Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future (This is the 1989 report that proposed the definition of sustainability most commonly cited by other efforts and projects: "[to meet] the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
    • Commonwealth of Australia (2007). "Defining Sustainability." House Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage, Inquiry into a Sustainability Charter. Chapter 2.  (This six-page chapter of a larger document looks at defining sustainability from many different angles.  It is worth reviewing, if only to gain a better idea of the difficulty of coming up with a brief but inclusive definition.)
The Three Pillars of Sustainability



     Resources on Sustainability
  • Glossaries:  If you're not sure about a term or phrase you've run across, there are many glossaries available on the web:
  • CMC Resources and News:
    • Oilman feels change in the wind - Aspen Daily News, 10/7/04 - re Jim Calaway's work promoting and investing in wind energy.  (Jim Calaway is former chair of the CMC Foundation.)
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