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sustainability

[suh-stey-nuh-bil-i-tee] /səˌsteɪ nəˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed.
2.
Environmental Science. the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance:
The committee is developing sustainability standards for products that use energy.
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Spanish Words for sustainability
feminine noun
1.
[of rate, growth] durabilidad
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Examples from the web for sustainability
  • These fish are great choices from a sustainability point of view because they eat mostly grain, not other fish.
  • The use of topsoil dramatizes the difference between temporary and indefinite sustainability.
  • Deforestation, a problem everywhere chocolate is grown, has made sustainability the word on everybody's lips.
  • As for an overall improvement in sustainability, a few tweaks in the system could make an enormous difference.
  • The right investments could help restore the nation's economic strength and environmental sustainability.
  • Perhaps the first step in achieving this lofty goal of sustainability really is the simple act of changing a bulb.
  • sustainability dashboards providing real-time information will become the norm.
  • Emphasis at his eco-lodge is on sustainability and authenticity.
  • Suggestions run the gamut, from obvious recycling to innovative strategies that encourage sustainability.
  • Ecotourism works to combine travel with educational opportunities on sustainability and conversation.
Word Origin and History for sustainability
n.

1907, in reference to a legal objection, from sustainable + -ity. General sense (in economics, agriculture, ecology) by 1972.

Sustainability is defined as a requirement of our generation to manage the resource base such that the average quality of life that we ensure ourselves can potentially be shared by all future generations. ... Development is sustainable if it involves a non-decreasing average quality of life. [Geir B. Asheim, "Sustainability," The World Bank, 1994]

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