The Pillars of Sustainability


Sustainability is a complex concept that has proven to be difficult to practice and implement.  One of the reasons why sustainability may be difficult to incorporate is because a balance between economic, social and environmental factors needs to be achieved.

Have you ever found yourself considering to implement environmentally sustainable practices for your home or business but realizing that is not cost effective or you can’t simply afford it?

When the economy is frail public policy and concerns tilt towards economical development placing environmental concerns backstage. Environmental sustainability requires changing the way we do things, and implementing remediation and preventive measures can be costly. Economic sustainability practices should promote long-term economic growth without compromising social development and environmental protection. Environmental Protection efforts could help restore, protect and sustain the health of the environment. This could be possible by reducing and eliminating the effects of stressors to the ecosystem and vulnerable communities.   
Social Sustainability is the connector between environmental and economic factors. In order to obtain social sustainability environmental and economical factors need to favor social wellbeing. A fragile economy and environmental degradation negatively affect social sustainability. Social Development aspects include environmental justice, human health, resource security and considerations that promote sustainable communities. A sustainable society could be only achieve by balancing the three pillars of sustainability.

Graph by Design Dearly. Information Source: EPA

Graph by Design Dearly. Information Source: EPA

What are your thoughts on the Sustainability, do you think a balance between the 3 pillars is possible?