Creating a Sustainable Community

The environment is a complex ecosystem of living organisms including plants, animals, microorganisms, geologists, chemists, and specialists in a wide variety of other fields. In humans, sustainable ecosystems are important for maintaining psychological health, social well being, economic growth and development, and environmental sustainability. Our current lifestyle contributes significantly to the state of the environment in the present and will determine the state of its future. For this reason, it is important that business, governments and everyone work collaboratively toward creating healthy environments for everyone.

Creating a sustainable community means taking a broad view of society as a whole and managing people, place, and natural systems as a whole. In essence, sustainable actions for communities would be those that maximize people’s health, well-being, economic opportunities, physical spaces and resources, cultural connections and intellectual capital. A company can take part in sustaining a sustainable community by helping to promote access to clean and renewable energy, land and water conservation, recycling and composting, and the management of ecosystems and biodiversity. In order for companies to realize the full benefits of their actions, they must develop policies that address issues such as waste disposal, air and water quality, recycling and restorative waste programs, occupational safety and health, and food safety.

Creating a sustainable economy is very similar to developing a sustainable society. A company that produces goods and services that allow people to live an economically, environmentally, and socially healthy existence is a company that is actively participating in building a sustainable future. It is also one that can generate a significant amount of profit that can ultimately lead to increased equity and financial return. While every company cannot be a responsible sustainable entrepreneur, small and medium scale companies can utilize some of the following strategies to create a more environmentally friendly business:

Minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions are the primary cause of global warming. To minimize the negative environmental and economic impact of carbon emissions, it is important for a company to implement a number of strategies. These may include the construction of efficient and effective facilities, the creation of green jobs, and the reduction or elimination of company emissions. For example, developing new, energy efficient cars and driving them less can significantly reduce company emissions.

Sustaining partnerships with the community. Building relationships with local and international people can help a company achieve its sustainability goals. Doing so can provide an opportunity to gain access to local expertise and potential in terms of investment and trade. Furthermore, a company should engage in community based activities and events, such as charity work, in order to build local employment opportunities. Such activities can help people understand the importance of their actions, provide additional training, and encourage other local businesses to participate.

Harness technological advancements. Technology has often been defined as the ability to make something more efficient, simpler, or cheaper. This can certainly be applied to a company’s activities and products. Developing and producing new sustainable products and processes can help a company achieve greater sustainability. As well as creating better and cheaper products, such developments can also help a company reduce its environmental footprint and improve its social and economic responsibilities.

In conclusion, companies that wish to build sustainable environments must implement strategies that deal with day-to-day waste, water and energy usage. Additionally, they must utilize information and technology to identify and implement strategies that promote a greener, healthier and more sustainable organization. While it may seem difficult to take on such tasks, with the right resources and initiatives, a company can indeed sustain sustainable actions and achieve significant improvements in its ecological performance.

Donna Thompson