The commonly accepted definition of sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
When people think about the term “sustainability,” they often think of the environment. The three R’s often come to mind: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. However, the environment is just one part of sustainability.
To achieve true sustainability, many organizations are employing the triple bottom line approach. The triple bottom line is comprised of:
- Social – recognize the needs of every person
- Economic – maintain stable levels of economic growth and employment
- Environment – use natural resources wisely and to protect the environment
An even balance between the circles is needed for sustainability. For example, outstanding economic performance at the cost of community is not sustainable; neither is protecting the environment beyond reasonable means and consequently stunting economic activities.
If organizations employed ethically responsible standards demonstrated with the triple bottom line approach by modifying current behaviors and policies, it would be possible for future generations to enjoy healthy, equitable, and prosperous communities.
Cabarrus County, as a government and community member, is committed to following the principles of sustainability to ensure a well-run organization capable of meeting the needs of residents and business owners and, in turn, to provide a better quality of life for all who live and work in Cabarrus County.
Click on the links on the left side of this page to learn more about Cabarrus County's sustainability initiatives as well as tips to become more sustainable at home.