Defining Sustainability

Sustainable Development

Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Our Common Future (Bruntland Report), 1987


A dynamic process which enables all people to realise their potential and improve their quality of life in ways which simultaneously protect and enhance the Earth’s support systems.

Forum for the Future (UK)


Sustainable development  can be expressed (second version) as a positive, more exciting and desirable future.