Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
World Commission on Environment and Development’s (the Brundtland Commission) report Our Common Future (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987)
We want to develop Reading Sustainability Centre as a place where people of all ages can go to find out about the practical strategies communities are using to cut down on their use of finite resources whilst maintaining their quality of life, and explore how they can apply the learning to their own lives.
Sustainable development is one of those all encompassing ideas. At times a bit difficult to pin down. So to get the biggest impact in developing the Reading Sustainability Centre we have chosen to focus upon a number of specific areas. These are topics that we think are most relevant to Reading as a place, and to the people and businesses for whom Reading is home.
In terms of sustainability, local choices have global impacts and vice versa. So throughout we have tried to start locally but also thinking globally.
Below are the areas we are initially focusing on. You can find out more about how we are going about it in the ‘What we do’ section of this web site.
- What is sustainability?
- Green infrastructure
- Communities, consumption and the local economy
- Planning and design
- Global connections
We will add some detail about each shortly.