Measuring City Sustainability: Project Houston | The 1st Houston Sustainability Indicators Report | 2011
Abstract: Sustainable development is a fascinating concept. It considers whether human settlements and institutions can be maintained into the future as first set forth in the 1987 report of the World Commission on Environment and Development titled ‘Our Common Future’. In this report, sustainable development was defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs. A sustainable system is one that has a stable economic base, equitably provides for the needs of its citizens and exists within ecological limits. Sustainable practices minimize the use of materials and energy while taking care of the needs of the people and the natural system. As such, it represents a departure from past development practices and human settlement patterns. There also seems to be a relationship between areas that are desired locations for corporate relocations and headquarters development and sustainability. Sustainable cities make business sense as well as social and environmental sense.