Sustainability looks at the interconnection between three interrelated systems—Society, Economy and the Environment—seeking ways to make all three better rather than trading them off.  Long gone are discussions about jobs OR the environment, human health OR the economy. We need the answer to be ALL OF THE ABOVE!

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Some people think if they recycle their cans and use LED bulbs, they're sustainable. Those are good first steps. But if you want to know where the world is heading, the following are resources that inspire us.

Broad concepts

The Natural Step's Principles—Scientists came together to define four principles for a sustainable society based on hard science. 7 min illustrated YouTube video. Scientific Principles.

Biomimicry—Using nature as inspiration for how we should make things.  Car companies and house paint manufacturers are already experimenting with paints that clean themselves based on the 'lotus effect.' Surgeons and boaters are interested in how mussels glue themselves under water.

Circular Economy—We waste trillions of dollars worth of materials, and much ends up in the oceans. The Circular Economy shows how we can close those loops, where everything comes back to become a new product. Xerox was arguably one of the first large companies to experiment with up-cycling, designing products to come back a decade later to be incorporated into their next generation copiers.

FutureFit—Based in part on The Natural Step, set of 20 benchmarks businesses must hit to be fully sustainable.

Sustainable Development Goals—17 goals for the world that can align our independent actions, making 2+2= way more than 4.

Resources for Educators

This folder has a list of favorite Education for Sustainability lesson plan sources and a number of our own lesson plans, presentations, etc.

Resources related to the Sustainable Business Certification