Sustainability is:
"... A community is unsustainable if it consumes resources faster than they can be renewed, produces more wastes than natural systems can process or relies upon distant sources for its basic needs."
Sustainable Community Roundtable

Talking Points
  • Emphasis on carrying capacity
  • Not self-sufficiency but also not overly dependent on distant sources
  • Produced an excellent indicators report

Not far from Seattle is an area known as the South Puget Sound and the city of Olympia. Some people in this area formed a group called the Sustainable Community Roundtable and published a document on indicators for their community. The document includes a number of brief stories of what a sustainable community might look like and how people might live. They emphasized the idea of carrying capacity and using local sources for fulfilling needs.
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