Outline of sustainability

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Venn diagram of sustainable development:
at the confluence of three constituent parts[1]

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to sustainability:

Sustainability – capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship and responsible resource management.

Essence of sustainability



Sustainabiity is divided into two main branches: sustainability science and sustainability governance. Each of these branches is divided into a number of subfields:

Sub-fields of sustainability science

Sustainability science

Sub-fields of sustainability governance

Sustainable packaging - molded pulp uses recycled newsprint to form package components. Here, researchers are molding packaging from straw[2]

Sustainability governance

Related disciplines

History of sustainability


Coral reefs are amongst the most diverse ecosystems on earth.


Levels of biological organisation

Politics of sustainability

Population control

Population control

Environmental technology

Sustainable urban design and innovation: Photovoltaic ombrière SUDI is an autonomous and mobile station that replenishes energy for electric vehicles using solar energy.

Environmental technology

Energy conservation

Energy conservation

Over consumption



Urban horticulture - Salad lettuce cultivation at the Growing Communities‘ urban plot, in Springfield Park, Clapton, North London.






Sustainability organizations

Sustainability publications

Leaders in sustainability

Category:Sustainability advocates

Paul Hawken

See also

Sustainability lists
Sustainability glossaries


  1. ^ Adams, W.M. (2006). "The Future of Sustainability: Re-thinking Environment and Development in the Twenty-first Century." Report of the IUCN Renowned Thinkers Meeting, 29–31 January 2006. Retrieved on: 2009-02-16.
  2. ^ Wood, Marcia (April 2002). "Leftover Straw Gets New Life". Agricultural Research. 

External links

  • This outline displayed as a mindmap, at wikimindmap.com
  • Sustainability at DMOZ
  • Principles of Sustainability - University of Idaho-Washington State University 50-Part HD/Surround Sound Doculecture Open Course
  • Microdocs: Elements of sustainability
  • Roadmap for a Sustainable Earth - on-line book by Hiroshi Komiyama and Steven Kraines
  • Learning for sustainability web site
  • International Federation of Accountants Sustainability Framework from the International Federation of Accountants
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