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SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability involves the implementation of a series of techniques and practices used for creating and maintaining conditions which allow humans to exist in productive harmony with nature, while reducing or eliminating destructive tendencies, actions, and substances which may adversely affect the natural environment and may lead to disease and injury in people. Sustainability allows for peaceful social interaction, reduction of poverty and hunger, economic growth and stability, appropriate use of resources, and other requirements needed by present and future generations to live a better life. Sustainability is an integration of all levels of economic, social, and environmental factors in the planning and implementation of programs to increase capacity and create new and better: infrastructure for transportation, education, communications, electrical usage, and the Internet; technologies for usage of natural resources including forests, minerals, fuel, air, land, and water; technologies for the removal and utilization or destruction of existing forms of contamination including toxic wastes; development of a green environment.

Sustainability is a combination of the prevention, minimization and control of pollutants, the preservation and proper use of resources, and the avoidance of damage to air, water, land, food, ecosystems, and people, to prevent disease and injury and to protect the natural environment. This is accomplished by the use of field-tested Best Practices in all inter-related environmental areas enhanced through the availability of excellent resources developed by specialists in their specific area of interest.

Sustainability is accomplished through the merging of the interests and efforts of strong governments at the local, state or provincial, national, and international level with highly trained technical experts, stakeholders who are citizens, organizations or business and industry, and the targeted populations. This group of individuals needs to establish an appropriate vision for a given situation, long-term and short-term goals and objectives, and actual programming based on the Best Practices of other areas, including necessary budgets, appropriate evaluation of the program, continued maintenance, and redirection were necessary.

 
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