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This is one of the most popular search questions about sustainability on the Web.
Globally there are over one million/month searches with 450,000 of them from the United States. There is no one definition although a popular one cited is the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations of March 20, 1987: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  As Wikipedia reports, "At the 2005 World Summit it was noted that this requires the reconciliation of environmental, social and economic demands - the "three pillars" of sustainability.  Here on EarthSayers content map
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What is Sustainability? Jill Savery, Sustainability and Sport

Jill Savery explains what sustainability means to her America's Cup team, emphasizing zero waste and carbon neutral objectives, and to sporting events now and into the future. She is the Head of Sustainability for the America's Cup Event Authority. Her professional experience includes supporting sporting organizations such as the United States Olympic Committee, the London 2012 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the Chicago 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid team, the England 2018 FIFA World CupTM bid team, and several municipalities in the United States to embed sustainability into operations.

Savery speaks frequently on the topic of sustainability and sport to national and international audiences. Her new book co-edited with Dr. Keith Gilbert, titled Sustainability and Sport, is a first of its kind look at this emerging field. Click image to order from Amazon or visit your local bookstore.

Jill was interviewed by Ruth Ann Barrett of EarthSayers.tv with the support of David and Mary Kay Okimoto in September, 2013 at the finals of the America's Cup races in San Francisco, California, USA.

Resources: (pdf)

America's Cup Sustainability Plan

Sustainability Final Report

 

 

EarthSayers Keith Gilbert; Jill Savery

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