Sustainability involves the interaction of the environmental, economic and social actions, to meet our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability needs to be reflected in wider government and institutional arrangements, for example in legislation, governance, and education.
Local regions often drive environmental sustainability through natural resource management groups, providing environmental programs that are targeted at restoration and preservation of habitat and ecological function.
Economic sustainability, similar to environmental sustainability, involves creating economic value out of whatever project or decision being undertaken. The focus needs to be on research and development, long range planning and creating skilled meaningful employment of the future. A key hallmark of economic sustainability is creating catalyst infrastructure with investible business cases.
Social sustainability is based on the concept that a decision or project promotes the betterment of society (education, health, housing, equal opportunity).
Overlaps are often managed through good governance structures, for example, ethical business practices, fair work practices, public participation, public reporting and publishing.
This action agenda is looking for case studies that demonstrate best practice sustainability from economic, environmental and social perspectives with a particular focus on integrated approaches and relevant governance models.