Sustainability is a broad subject; it can focus on environment, economy, and municipal. We’re going to cover all of these topics but first we’ll cover the most commonly thought of area, environment. When thinking of sustainability in the environment we want to wisely use water and other natural resources. As noted in an article I found on water conservation there is a lot of water waste in irrigation (ward). Some of the best ways to irrigate already in use is drip irrigation and piping irrigation. With piping in water any water that escapes will saturate back into the ground and feed the ground water reservoirs. Conserving water is one of the most important parts of sustainability since we are depleting our reserves. By using up our water supplies we put strain on the environment as well as in other ways. Water doesn’t just provide life for us but it is used in almost every product we produce and making it more scarce just raises prices for goods since the cost of this resource is higher. Not only does it raise the cost in this way but it is also raising the cost of protecting our environment. The more we take from our environment the less there is for nature and there are already millions of dollars put into protecting our wildlife. This streamlines us into our next topic of municipalities. Municipal sustainability can focus on the way we build our cities. A sustainable city would try to decrease our urban sprawl effect and place more shops and necessities around housing to reduce the need for cars. The need to pipe in water from far areas for our broad cities is lowering the water table and causing sinking areas. Among these other popular ideas to build a sustainable city is the idea of community gardens (Wakefield). Community gardens are already in use but what Wakefield is suggesting is that we increase the usage of them 100%. It has been proven that community gardens improves the quality of life for those participants and by having them in every community we can increase the quality and quantity of food we provide for our society. I’ve covered two of the three topics I brought up in the beginning but what I’d like to mention is by covering these two pieces they roll over into our economy. By providing these necessary requirements for a healthy globe we improve our human capital. The only thing that creates an economy let alone a sustainable economy is people. One factor that I found interesting in my research was what was said by David Cash. He stated that to effectively monitor our international boundaries to make sure we are up holding our standards is to have dual accountability (cash). Having dual accountability on both sides will increase communication from all sides and inspire innovation. All of these points are talked about a lot in sustainability conversations and it is my personal opinion that we need to get more professionals in these fields and innovate to create the change we wish to see.
Ward F., Velazques M., (5/10/2008), Water Conservation In Irrigation can Increase Water Use, Retrieved 9/22/2016 from: http://www.pnas.org/content/105/47/18215.full
Wakefield S., Yeudall R., Taron C., Reynolds J., Skinner A., (2/26/2007), Growing Urban Health: Community Gardening In South-East Toronto, Retrieved 9/22/2016 From: http://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/2/92.full
Cash D., Clark W., Alcock F., Dickson N., Eckley N., Guston D., Jager J., Mitchell R., (2/25/2007), Knowledge Systems For Sustainable Development, Retrieved 9/22/2016 From: http://www.pnas.org/content/100/14/8086.full