The global push for society today to uphold equality and respect for human rights, resource utilization, and economic stability can be summarized into what is known as a sustainable community. It involves an ideal arrangement of individuals living in society and focuses on the various values of a sustainable community. There are 4 key elements of a sustainable community per the Institute for Sustainable Communities as adopted by the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in 1997.
Civil leadership and responsibility
A sustainable community upholds values of equal opportunity for all persons in society and gives them an opportunity to contribute towards leadership and decision-making. Public information in such a community is availed promptly and in a transparent manner, thereby creating harmony between leaders and the community. Good civil leadership, in this case, has to do with ensuring tolerance for persons upholding diverse viewpoints, values, and beliefs in society. Leaders in such a society are expected to be accountable and responsible for the decisions that they make.
In a sustainable community, social well-being is upheld by ensuring that each member of the community has a reliable and steady supply of basic services. Such services include healthcare, personal safety, housing, and education for children. These services help members of the community feel a sense of belonging and self-worth while generally boosting their patriotism. Social well-being comes in handy in ensuring that the community enjoys continuous support from all members.
Economic progress and stability
Economic security in a sustainable community is ensured through the creation of an ideal environment where investors’ businesses can thrive. This is only enforced by leaders creating ideal economic policies and regulations that ensure equal opportunity employment for all citizens. Investment of resources in such a community is normally done in a prudential manner that promotes returns on investment.
Ecological integrity in environmental use
Ecological integrity in a sustainable community is a crucial entity that defines how members of the community work towards protecting the local ecosystem. Such protection is enforced by ensuring that common resources such as air, water, and land are fully utilized while avoiding contamination. Protection of the ecosystem is accompanied by conservation of water and energy through common efforts such as recycling, reusing, and recovery to ensure ecological integrity.
The sustainable community goals serve as a benchmark to what an ideal society should look like, and countries and communities are being encouraged to achieve them.