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Sustainability

Sustainability
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The term sustainable development has been widely used in scientific, business, and public institutions since it was first defined in the Bruntland Commission's "Our Common Future" in1987. Sustainable development in that context refers to "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of further generations to meet their own needs." With all the publicity surrounding sustainable development, few people fully understand what is meant by the term or how to apply it to environmental work and everyday life.

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is less of a program and more of a new multifaceted approach to managing our environmental, economic, and social resources for the long term. In its simplest terms, it means adding some new considerations or dimensions to our everyday decisions as a society. These considerations include:

Federal, state, tribal, and local governments working together to achieve environmental protection goals will set the standard for cooperation between communities, businesses, and governments. This new collaborative decision making process will ensure better decisions, create more rapid change, and promote more sensible use of human, natural, and financial resources. Creating a widely held ethic of stewardship will encourage individuals, institutions, and corporations to take responsibility for the economic, environmental, and social consequences of their actions.

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Green Communities - A portal to tools and information on the best strategies, programs and policies to reduce your environmental footprint. A 5-step environmental planning framework leads you to a greener, sustainable future.

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Sustainable Agriculture

As part of an initiative to reduce pesticide risks and use, EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture are promoting sustainable agriculture and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, including biological and cultural control systems. USDA supports research and education programs with the cooperation of State Agricultural Experiment Stations and State Cooperative Extension Service staff.

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Sustainable Agriculture and Tribes

A new curriculum from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program aims to help those who work with American Indians better understand the unique challenges faced by native farmers. The materials are titled "People of the Land".

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People of the Land Publication: Sustaining American Indian Agriculture in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington Exit EPA

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