WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY, AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?

Sustainability can take on many different meanings, whether financial, environmental, or social. At its core, it means finding a way to address your present needs without compromising future generations’ access to resources. While you may be focused on your immediate goals, it’s important to keep long-term considerations in mind as well.  

By setting sustainability goals in different aspects of your life, you can create a framework that will help you achieve your personal and professional aspirations in a way that contributes positively to the future.

You can use these seven measures of success to evaluate your own sustainable practices, and identify areas that need improvement.

Diversity/Inclusion: Do I work to help future generations access opportunity?

Community: Do I seek out opportunities to play an active, productive role in my community? 

Ethics: Do I value “doing the right thing” over my bottom line?

Safety: Do I prioritize the wellbeing of myself and others?

Quality: Do I strive to put my best effort in everything I do?

Green: Do I consider the environment when making decisions?

Financial: Am I making sound financial decisions? 

Learn more about sustainability with resources from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.