Community sustainability is important for meeting the long term needs of a neighborhood and its residents. With sustainable practices in place as it relates to economics, infrastructure, and education, a community can manage to support itself with everything it needs, without the help of any outside forces or without worry of finite resources. If a community has economic sustainability it will allow for it to budget and function without the need for outside investment or resources. If a community has sustainable education it will be able to function with those born and raised from within the community instead of those that are needed to come from outside community. Sustainable infrastructure will allow for the community to be able to handle the economic and daily activity of it residents. Our two high school interns answer community sustainability is and how it impacts them as students:
Sustainability is a broad discipline, giving students and graduates insights into most aspects of the human world from business to technology to environment and the social sciences. The core skills with which a graduate leaves college are highly sought after, especially in a modern world looking to drastically reduce carbon emissions and discover and develop the technologies of the future. Sustainability draws on politics, economics and, philosophy and other social sciences as well as the hard sciences. Sustainability skills and environmental awareness is a priority in many corporate jobs as businesses seek to adhere to new legislation. Therefore, Sustainability graduates will go into many fields but most commonly civic planning, environmental consultancy (built and natural environment), agriculture, not for profit, corporate strategies, health assessment and planning, and even into law and decision making. Entry-level jobs are growing and over the coming years, bachelors graduates can expect more and more options and opportunities.
Sustainability is one the newest degree subjects that attempts to bridge social science with civic engineering and environmental science with the technology of the future. When we hear the word “sustainability” we tend to think of renewable fuel sources, reducing carbon emissions, protecting environments and a way of keeping the delicate ecosystems of our planet in balance. In short, sustainability looks to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health, while driving innovation and not compromising our way of life.
For me, community sustainability is when a community can survive by sustaining itself with renewable products not having to rely on foreign methods or resources. It means that this community can be independent and not have to rely on a single resource for their survival and making sure that the resources they use are always available without any possibilities for it to extinguish. This would mean that the community would have access to many natural resources such as water, minerals, energy, etc. And would be able to recycle these in an effective manner that would leave little to no waste whatsoever. This community would most likely run on renewable sources of energy such as solar, hydroelectric, and or wind meaning that it would conserve and use at a minimal rate other sources such as fossil. Now to answer why this is important, one must think that for society itself to survive, energy needs to be of a big enough quantity to sustain the increasing demand that of it. This demand increasing day by day or even minute by minute as about every hour there are 15,000 births per hour worldwide, and these people will consume energy and resources as their lives go on. The sustainability of a community or society itself is needed and will only continue to grow in need as each day the population keeps increasing and the death rates seemingly decrease as technology improves and show that if human life must continue, we as species must learn to recycle maintain and sustain ourselves without wasting too many resources or energy. I fear that if people fail to see this one we might end with no food, no water, no electricity. A sustainable community is important because every single day the need for them increases.
Sustainability is not a nice perk to have in a community, it is a necessity. It is necessary for a community to be sustainable, so it can meet the needs of its residents both current and future. It is necessary for a community to be able to support itself financially and economically to not need to depend on outside investment, to be able to educate itself for years to come, and to be able to transport its residents and goods throughout itself. This is why we work to build sustainable community in not just one area but in everyone.