Sustainability refers to the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. While it may sound simple, sustainability affects and is influenced by many factors:

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Social sustainability

Social SustainabilityA socially sustainable community is equitable, diverse, tolerant, provides a good quality of life; social justice, human rights, equity and community resilience are all important factors of social sustainability.

Economic sustainability

Economic sustainabilityAn economically sustainable community uses available resources in a way that is both efficient and responsible, and ensures all financial obligations over time can be met.

Environmental sustainability

Environmental sustainabilityAn environmentally sustainable community recognizes the critical role that ecological systems play in the health and well being of residents and protects those systems.