Keywords: sustainable development, sustainability, environmental protection, environment
The road to social sustainability
Social sustainability is the least understood and least defined of the different branches that make up sustainable development. Social sustainability is defined as the ability of a community to meet its present needs and the needs of future generations. It has enjoyed less attention in public dialogue than economic and environmental sustainability, perhaps because it is less easy to measure.As a result of protest and public outcry, however, there has been a far greater focus in recent times on properly managing...
ISO 14001:2015: Developing sustainability
TheInternational Organization for Standardization (ISO)standard for environmental management, ISO 14001, was revised in 2015 toISO 14001:2015. The revised standard helps organizations to demonstrate compliance with current and future legislation and regulations. ISO 14001:2015 provides a competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiencies and reduced costs. All ISO standards are reviewed and revised regularly to make sure they remain relevant. ISO 14001:2015 is a response to the latest environmental...
Defining Sustainability For Your Business
The term “sustainability" is often used interchangeably with corporate responsibility (CR), corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate citizenship, social enterprise, sustainable development, triple-bottom line, corporate ethics, and even in some cases corporate governance. However, understanding what it means and, more importantly, what it means for your organization is crucial to creating a focused, actionable plan. Antea Group has put together the chart below to illustrate our framework for...
Sustainable community-based drinking water systems in developing countries: stakeholder perspectives
Over the past 25 years, stakeholders have become increasingly involved in the development and management of community-based projects. This paper presents the results of a study aimed at establishing stakeholder perspectives and priorities for sustainable community-based drinking water systems (CBDWS). The stakeholders have agreements and biases, which require an improved understanding of the sustainability of CBDWS. Environmental and institutional components of sustainability were noted to be two top priorities...
Sustainability best practice manual development – Case Study
Challenge: The Brewers Association, a nonprofit membership organization with over 1,400 organization members and 50,000 individual members required assistance in developing and launching its first association-wide sustainability initiative: compiling three craft brewing industry sustainability manuals and accompanying online resources. These resources are designed to provide members with best practices, resources and tools. The manuals are focused on three key areas: Water/Wastewater, Energy/GHG, and Solid...