Sustainable Communities

Economic Security: A more sustainable community includes a variety of businesses, industries, and institutions that are environmentally sound (in all respects);financially viable; provide training, education, and other forms of assistance to adjust to future needs; provide jobs and spend money within the community; and enable employees to have a voice in decisions that affect them. A more sustainable community also is one in which residents’ money remains in the community.

Ecological Integrity: A more sustainable community is in harmony with natural systems by reducing and converting waste into nonharmful and beneficial products, and by using environmental resources for human needs without undermining their
ability to function over time.

Quality of Life: A more sustainable community recognizes and supports people’s evolving sense of well-being, which includes a sense of belonging, a sense of place, a sense of self-worth, a sense of safety, and a sense of connection with nature, and
provides goods and services that meet people’s needs both as they define them and as can be accommodated within the ecological integrity of natural systems.

Empowerment with Responsibility: A more sustainable community enables people to feel empowered and take responsibility based on a shared vision, equal opportunity, ability to access expertise and knowledge for their own needs, and a
capacity to contribute to decision that affect them.

Rebuilding for a More Sustainable Future, 2000, FEMA

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