Sustainability has been defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
The four layers of sustainability include: built, social, economic and environmental.
Natural Sustainability includes topics such as: Solar energy, atmosphere, animal and plant Communities, water and geology. Our stewardship of the environment is the gift we give to future generations.
One of the first projects that will be undertaken at the Englewood Center for Sustainability is a community garden. Special care has been given to protecting the existing habitat on the grounds as it is home to golpher tortoises and many other species of wildlife.
Built Sustainability includes topics such as: Buildings and Infrastructure, Water, Waste, Energy Transportation and Communication Systems.
Increasingly, new and retrofit building designs and construction methods advocate and incorporate the use of products and processes that protect human health and natural resources
Economic sustainability encourages the responsible use of resources to ensure that the business is making a profit, without creating environmental concerns that could cause harm to the balance of the local ecology.
The interdependency of the local businesses and the residents, presents our area with a unique opportunity to view and participate in a micro-economic system in which each individual can have a sense of place and importance.
Social Sustainability includes topics relating to: Governance and Decision-making, Education, Health, Culture, Worship and Family. The work being done at the Englewood Center for Sustainability will encompass many of these topics… coming together in a democratic manner to advance the principles of sustainability.
The organizations that we form and the ways in which we support our society are an integral part of our ability to survive and thrive into the future.