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Glossary of Sustainability

The word sustainable has become shorthand for something like: all things good for the survival of people and planet. It seems to be an umbrella term providing room for a range of social, environmental and economic knowledge and expertise. It has developed a whole vocabulary, sometimes investing old terms with new connotations and sometimes developing new terms for new phenomena. One constant theme is that sustainability  in any one area of endeavor cannot be viewed in isolation from the rest of human endeavor. This means that the understanding of systems is crucial to understanding sustainability; hence you will find in the glossary terms from systems and cybernetics that we've found useful. There are also some common terms from financial accounting that we have needed in order to build our triple bottom line accounting framework.

A-G ... click here

H-M ... click here

N-Z ... click here

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