Is this the first time you have heard of the County's sustainability initiative? Do not know the first thing about sustainability? Have no fear, this page will educate you on the concept of sustainability and provide information about Los Alamos County's efforts to become a more sustainable community. This page will also provide you with some simple steps to living more sustainably. Once you have a better feeling for sustainability you can explore the rest of the website which contains a wealth of educational and empowering information.
What is Sustainability?
The most widely used definition of sustainability comes from a report entitled Our Common Future that was written by the Brundtland Commission in the late 1980's. The report states, "sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." A rather simple idea in theory, but in practice there are a variety of obstacles that must be overcome to transform our current society into a truly sustainable culture.
In recent years the term sustainability has become widely used in popular media and science alike. Terms such as sustainable business, sustainable energy, and sustainable building have become common place. These, and many other similar terms apply the ideals of sustainability to different components of modern society. To make something sustainable we need to decrease its impact upon the environment, thereby enabling the needs of the present to be met without limiting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.