Outline of sustainability

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Venn diagram of sustainable development:
at the confluence of three constituent parts[1]

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to sustainability:

Sustainability – capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship and responsible resource management. Human needs need to be met equitably without harm to the environment without harming/sacrificing the ability of the future.

We want to be able to sustain human life, the capabilities of the environment, the production of renewable resources, function of society, and the quality of life. </ref>

Essence of sustainability[edit]



Sustainabiity is divided into two main branches: sustainability science and sustainability governance. Each of these branches is divided into a number of subfields:

Sub-fields of sustainability science[edit]

Sustainability science

Sub-fields of sustainability governance[edit]

Sustainable packaging - molded pulp uses recycled newsprint to form package components. Here, researchers are molding packaging from straw[2]

Sustainability governance

Related disciplines[edit]

History of sustainability[edit]

History of sustainability


Coral reefs are amongst the most diverse ecosystems on earth.


Levels of biological organisation[edit]

Politics of sustainability[edit]

Population control[edit]

Population control

Environmental technology[edit]

Sustainable urban design and innovation: Photovoltaic ombrière SUDI is an autonomous and mobile station that replenishes energy for electric vehicles using solar energy.

Environmental technology

Energy conservation[edit]

Energy conservation

Over consumption[edit]



Urban horticulture - Salad lettuce cultivation at the Growing Communities‘ urban plot, in Springfield Park, Clapton, North London.






Sustainability organizations[edit]

Sustainability publications[edit]

Leaders in sustainability[edit]

Category:Sustainability advocates

Paul Hawken

See also[edit]

Sustainability lists
Sustainability glossaries


  1. ^ Adams, W.M. (2006). "The Future of Sustainability: Re-thinking Environment and Development in the Twenty-first Century." Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine Report of the IUCN Renowned Thinkers Meeting, 29–31 January 2006. Retrieved on: 2009-02-16.
  2. ^ Wood, Marcia (April 2002). "Leftover Straw Gets New Life". Agricultural Research.

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