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Source: Ontario Round Table on the Environment and the
Economy (ORTEE) Round Table Talk, Summer 1994
For Comment: ORTEE's Sustainable Communities Working Group has developed
draft principles to help define a sustainable community.
A sustainable community is one which:
- employs ecological decision making (e.g., integration of environmental
criteria into all municipal / government and business decision-making processes);
- recognizes that growth occurs within some limits and is ultimately
limited by the carrying capacity of the environment;
- uses renewable and reliable sources of energy;
- minimizes harm to the natural environment;
- fosters activities which use material in continuous cycles;
- values cultural diversity;
- makes best use of local efforts and resources (strives for local
self-sufficiency and nurtures solutions at the local level);
- has respect for other life forms and supports biodiversity;
- does not compromise the sustainability of other communities (a geographic
- does not compromise the possibilities of future generations by its
activities (a temporal perspective);
- has shared values amongst the members of the community (promoted
through sustainability education).