When the term “sustainable” is mentioned, people are often unsure of its context and/or skeptical of the motivation behind its use. Having been primarily used in an environmental context, Wikipedia defines sustainability as, “a characteristic of a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely. The term, in its environmental usage, refers to the potential longevity of vital human ecological support systems, such as the planet’s climatic system, systems of agriculture, industry, forestry, and fisheries, and human communities in general and the various systems on which they depend.”
SLDI’s perspective encompasses more than just environmental sustainability. Here’s how SLDI defines sustainable land development:
All of the content which follows is developed from this holistic foundational definition.
Republished from January, 2008 issue of Sustainable Land Development Today magazine.