Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 13:20:50 -0500
Reply-To: "Harry J. Elston" <helston**At_Symbol_Here**FGI.NET>
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From: "Harry J. Elston" <helston**At_Symbol_Here**FGI.NET>
Subject: Re: sustainability definition

>Actually a definition like Savage's only adds to the con fusion. 

Words mean things.  So, when an author takes it upon him/herself to use weasel words such as "however defined" they have just consigned the whole discussion to opinion.  For instance, what I call economically prosperous or a "high quality of life" may be far different than what someone in sub-Saharan Africa or Haiti may call prosperous or high-quality life.

The more I look at this, the more I think that "s ustainability" of the 2010s is the new "paradigm shift" of the 1990s.

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From: "Tsiakals, Nicholas John"
Sent: Sep 9, 2009 9:19 AM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] sustainability definition

As I was reading my September 2009 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress this morning, I came across an article "What D oes It Mean To Be Green?=" by Phillip E. Savage, PE, from University of Michigan.  While discussing various definitions of sustainability, he writes:

There is a general und erstanding that the desired outcomes from sustainability

are to sustain economi c prosperity (however defined) and a high quality of life

(however defined) for all, while protecting the natural systems of the planet.

That seemed rather concise.  Thought this might add to the discussion.



Nicholas J. Tsiakals

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