The ability of the current generation to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs
– United Nations’ Brundtland Commission Report, 1987

The idea that goods and services should be produced and consumed in ways that do not use resources that cannot be replaced and do not damage the environment
– Cambridge Dictionary

A vision for the world in which current and future humans are reasonably healthy; communities and nations are secure, peaceful and thriving; there is economic opportunity for all; and the integrity of the life-supporting biosphere is restored and sustained at a level necessary to make these goals possible
– Anthony Cortese and Debra Rowe

Definitions of sustainability can be simple or elaborate, but ultimately, one concept is at the heart of sustainability: everyone needs resources – reliable energy, clean air, clean water – today, tomorrow and forever. These resources must be accessible, viable, dependable and affordable.


The need for resources impacts many aspects of our lives, and those aspects are all dependent on one another and are of equal importance. We call this concept the Triple Bottom Line: environment, economy and society. In fact, each of these pillars of the Triple Bottom Line are resources in and of themselves.

At Sustainable Sandhills, we are strengthening communities by building resilient environmental, economic and social resources.