The A B C’s of Sustainability: A Terminology Guide

An alphabetical resources for sustainability-related terminology, providing a deeper understanding of the concepts and systems required to build a safer, healthier and fairer world.

What does sustainability mean to you? It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot, but it can have different meanings and implications depending on the context. Contrary to the growing use of the term, Sustainability is not just about the environment, but also about social, economic and ethical aspects of human activity.

When I talk about sustainability, what I mean is “Maintaining financial resources at a certain rate or level, without the depletion of natural resources, or infringing on human rights” (so that there is enough for everyone, forever).

Collage of contrasting environmental elements, representing the A B C's of sustainability. Vividly colored butterflies in various patterns flutter around a clear opening in a forest with autumn leaves, juxtaposed with a hand reaching out towards the sky. A striking red smoke plume emits from a pipe, and rough stone balances delicately, symbolizing equilibrium. In stark contrast, a pipe discharges waste into water, reflecting the challenges of environmental stewardship.

In this resources, I will explore some of the key terms and concepts related to sustainability.

This is not a comprehensive list of all the sustainability terms out there, but rather a starting point for learning and discussion. I hope you find it useful and interesting, and I invite you to share your thoughts and questions in the comments section. Let’s dive in!

Click on the letters groups below to help you find the term you’re looking for.

A – C
D – F
G – I
J – L
M – O
P – S
T – W
X – Z

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