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    Recycling & Sustainability

    We often hear the term, but what does "sustainability" really mean?

    "Sustainability is a new way of thinking about an age-old concern: ensuring that our children and grandchildren inherit a tomorrow that is at least as good as today, preferably better. We want to make sure that the way we live our lives is sustainable - that it can continue and keep improving for a long, long time."
    - Sustainable Seattle

    "Sustainability is the ability to achieve continuing economic prosperity while protecting the natural systems of the planet and providing a high quality of life for its people. Achieving sustainable solutions calls for stewardship, with everyone taking responsibility for solving the problems of today and tomorrow -individuals, communities, businesses and governments are all stewards of the environment."
    - EPA

    "America’s challenge is to create a life-sustaining Earth, a future in which prosperity and opportunity increase while life flourishes and pressures on the oceans, Earth and atmosphere diminish."
    - President’s Council on Sustainable Development, a panel of leaders from business, science and other areas established by former president Bill Clinton

    "A sustainable society is one which satisfies its needs without diminishing the prospects of future generations."
    - Lester R. Brown, Founder and President, Worldwatch Institute

    "Actions are sustainable if:

    • There is a balance between resources used and resources regenerated.
    • Resources are as clean or cleaner at end use as at beginning.
    • The viability, integrity, and diversity of natural systems are restored and maintained.
    • They lead to enhanced local and regional self-reliance.
    • They help create and maintain community and a culture of place.
    • Each generation preserves the legacies of future generations."

    - David McCloskey, Professor of Sociology, Seattle University

    "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
    - Brundtland Report (World Commission on Environment & Development)

    "Sustainability is equity over time ... think of it as extending the Golden rule through time .. Do unto future generations as you would have them do unto you."
    - Robert Gilman

    “Leave the world better than you found it, take no more than you need, try not to harm life or the environment, make amends if you do.” 
    - Paul Hawken

    "Sustainable development is economic growth that will benefit present and future generations without detrimentally affecting the resources or biological systems of the planet.

    "A sustainable United States will have a growing economy that provides equitable opportunities for satisfying livelihoods and a safe, healthy, high quality of life for current and future generations. Our nation will protect its environment, its natural resource base, and the functions and viability of natural systems on which all life depends."
    -President's Council on Sustainable Development


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