What is Sustainability?

Everything that humans need for health and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Clean air and water, fertile soil for crop production, pollination, and flood control are just some of the many life-sustaining benefits we receive from nature - yet they are limited and often take for granted.

Sustainability is often defined as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." It is important to ensuring that we will continue to have the resources necessary to protect human health and our environment.
          A comprehensive approach to sustainability balances the aims of environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social equity. Sustainability does not mean sacrificing quality of life for the environment, but rather rethinking the way we live in a manner that is less wasteful and harmful to our environment. For example, a community with local clean energy and energy-efficiency programs creates local jobs and reduces energy bills while creating a healthier environment.

The City of Livermore is committed to building a sustainable community that fulfills the social and economic needs of present and future residents while protecting the City's environment and natural resources. Please explore this website further to find out what steps the City is taking to build a sustainable community and what residents and businesses can do to help.

To learn more about sustainability, visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website 


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