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More Definitions of Sustainability
Sustainability is a broad interdisciplinary concept that has applications on a local to a global scale. Therefore, it has many different definitions and interpretations, including some of these:
"Improving the quality of human life while living within the carrying capacity of supporting ecosystems" --IUCN, UNEP, & WWF, Caring for the Earth: A Strategy for Sustainable Living, 1991
"The state and process of not consuming more resources than are needed to maintain the same or similar standard of living over future generations. Of concern in psychology because one of the keys to sustainability is the (admittedly) difficult task of persuading people to change their consumer behaviour." --The Penguin Dictionary of Psychology, 2009
Corporate sustainability is "the field of thinking and practice by means of which companies and other business organisations work to extend the life expectancy of: ecosystems (and the natural resources they provide); societies (and the cultures and communities that underpin commercial activity); and economies (that provide the governance, financial and other market context for corporate competition and survival)" --The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility, 2007
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Sustainability Books in the Library
The US Library offers several books on "Sustainable Use of Resources", focused on these areas:
- Sustainable Resources
- Water Scarcity
- Land Degradation
- Soil Degradation
- Global Climate Change
- Climate Change