Sustainability is a shorthand term for viewing the relationship between our actions today and their effect on the future. Living sustainably means that we meet today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainable planning recognizes the interconnections between the environment, economy, and society. A disruption in any one area affects the health of the other two. Discussions of sustainability often cite the three 3E’s: Environment, Economy, and social Equity. At Sustainable San Mateo County, we focus on how all these areas affect the health of our region.
Sustainability is often viewed through the lens of the three E’s: Environment, Economy and social Equity. At Sustainable San Mateo County, we focus on how all these areas intersect and, together, affect the health of our region. We believe healthy communities display strong characteristics in all three areas.
A great deal of thought and research have gone into understanding what makes communities sustainable. Browse this page to learn more about resources that accelerate/promote sustainability.