What are the various components of sustainable development?

Answer

Sustainable development must include a design that holistically accounts for and minimizes all aspects of environmental, economic, and anthropogenic impacts. In general, sustainable components for new development would fall under the same categories as sustainability in its overall context.

To be sustainable, new development and infrastructure should complement the landscape and the area. Its construction should add to what's already in the environment rather than taking away from it. New development should respect the natural laws of economics, the environment, and harmonize with societal values of users and residents.

Sustainable development requires the use of creative ideas and innovative design techniques. Regarding the environment, Low Impact Development Techniques should be employed to best manage available stormwater. Other Green components should be used as well to minimize the impact on air quality, electricity use, etc. Efficiently developed and eco-friendly materials local to the area should be utilized for construction whenever possible. The local labor pool should be tapped for development which will improve the local economy and give people a sense of ownership in the project.

Updated on April 25, 2018

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The Environmental, Economic, and Social Components of Sustainability
By CWanamaker
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