PPPM 331 Quiz: Quiz 1a

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Published on 19 Oct 2017
University of Oregon
Planning, Public Policy and Management
PPPM 331
In your own words, define the term sustainability. How has the term (sustainable) been misused?
How should it be used? [Check various internet definitions and some of the course readings for
Your Answer:
According to the USEPA official website, "sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything
that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural
environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans
and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations."
People might often misuse the word sustainability as putting more efforts on doing less damage to
the world, instead of focusing on supporting the Earth's life system. This word is supposed to be
used to describe the different approaches toward improving our way of life. Some of the examples
are, according to Sustainability Store:
- reducing our harm on the environment and ultimately reversing the harm we have already caused
- renewing resources at a rate equal to or greater than the rate at which they are consumed
- living within the resources of the planet without damaging the environment now or in the future
- creating an economic system that provides for quality of life while renewing the environment and its
- taking the long-term view of how our actions effect future generations and making sure we don't
deplete resources or cause pollution at rates faster than the earth is able to renew them
- living a life of dignity in harmony with nature
https://www.epa.gov/sustainability/learn-about-sustainability#what (Links to an external
site.) (USEPA)
http://www.sustainabilitystore.com/sustainable/ (Links to an external site.) (Sustainability Store)
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