What is a Sustainable Community?
A sustainable community is one whose prospects for long-term health are good. Its residents and businesses do not deplete the resources that they depend on faster than those resources are replenished.
Specific Characteristics Include:
respect for basic rights and recognition of basic responsibilities
living within ecological carrying capacity
equal opportunities for individual development
a diverse economic base
a vibrant democracy - with informed, involved residents
protection of natural diversity
improving the standard of living
maximizing the use of people's abilities while minimizing the use of natural resources