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What is Sustainability? Sustainability is a new way of thinking about an age-old concern: ensuring that our children and grandchildren inherit a tomorrow that is at least as good as today, preferably better. We want to make sure that the way we live our lives is sustainable – that it can continue and keep improving for a long, long time.
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    Why Sustainability? Economic prosperity, environmental progress and community concerns are all aspects of sustainability. Global climate change and land development are significant environmental issues that demonstrate the need to think sustainably.

Success Stories in Pacific Northwest Sustainability In the Pacific Northwest, we are proud of those who model sustainable behavior in their actions. Learn about individuals, organizations and companies who have been recognized for their sustainable activities. photo of MAX light rail in Portland, Oregon

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    Education for Sustainability Many accredited education institutions are offering courses or degree programs in sustainability. Whether through distance learning or campus course-work, students are learning to apply the principles of sustainability to many aspects of society.
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"We have a responsibility to sustain - if not enhance - our natural environment and our nation's economy for future generations."
Steve Johnson, Administrator

"The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value."
Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

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