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Sustainable Futures? Lecture 16
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Sustainability Long-term maintenance of well being Simple definition, complex idea Components: Environmental Economic Social
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Sustainable Development Gained prominence in late 1980s UN Report – Our Common Future - 1987 Argued economic development and environmental  protection not mutually exclusive Rather, development gives people choices about how to  live and protect resources for the future Sustainable development – increase standard of living  while maintaining resource base and environmental  quality
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Achieving Sustainable Development Decouple economic activity from resource use and  environmental degradation Easier said than done But we’ve started: Increasing energy efficiency Sulfur dioxide reductions
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Sustaining Sustainable Development How do we continue to make progress?
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Unformatted text preview: Through combined personal, corporate and government action Well researched decisions Adaptive management Personal Responsibility Private citizens make innumerable decisions with environmental consequences Where and how we live What and how we drive What and how we buy Be wary of greenwashing Corporate Decision Making Corporate decisions made for many reasons: Consumer preference Production and distribution costs Government incentives/disincentives All of these can be leveraged to encouraged sustainable corporate action Governmental Actions Government can have tremendous influence over progress towards sustainable development End counterproductive subsidies Subsidize or mandate desired behaviors Penalize unsustainable behaviors...
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