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Questions tagged [defining-sustainability]

Questions that define the concept of sustainability by discussing its relationship with other related concepts

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Will bitcoin help us to decentralise our communities and help us live a more sustainably

From a little bit of research on bitcoin, I have discovered that they remove the centralised middle man from individuals transactions ie. a Bank, PayPal, ect.. and make it easier to transfer money ...
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Is going paperless really that much better for the environment [duplicate]

Say you want to read some document, like an newspaper article, If you read it online you still have to power a screen, which is powered by a computer or mobile device, which these days are becoming ...
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Is sustainable living basically the opposite of industrialisation

Industrialisation and globalisation seem to want to just mass produce everything from products to food. The agricultural lobbing groups are given power from the government and do a lot of bad things ...
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Does responsible living leave more space to unresponsible living?

It looks to me that the efforts I'm doing to make my living more sustainable are worthless. Indeed, when some of us make efforts to lower energy consumption, doesn't it only leave harvestable ...
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Is “renewable” a proper term for both solar and hydro power?

The common definition for renewable energy sources includes at least: Wind Solar Biofuels Hydro Geo-thermal However, the common definition of renewable makes this grouping a bit awkward. Webster ...
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What is the definition of “sustainable”?

An exchange in the comments on this question got me thinking: what is the standard definition for sustainable? Does it include such things as: Geographic extent Time frame Economics Other factors?
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How do municipalities calculate reported diversion and recycling rates?

How do municipalities calculate reported diversion and recycling rates? From what I can tell, most are using surveys of private recycling companies without a standard system of measure or process to ...
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Permaculture Urban Transition [closed]

In the more realistical and pragmatical way, which are the main steps a set of people in a medium sized urban envinroment, should undertake to convert the city to a permaculture oriented living style? ...
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What is the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW)?

What is the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW) about? Does it measure the relation between energy and well being? Or does it have other parameters?
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Using other peoples resources for basic living

For at least a few weeks, I've been living using others resources. I do not own a cellphone and have no expenses except my car insurance. I'm currently using my car for sleep and transportation. For ...
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Sustainable vs Living off the Grid vs Green

These three terms are often considered interchangeable. IMHO, they're distinct. For example, you can live Green and not Living off the Grid (solar power to charge batteries to stream NetFlix). You ...
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Are there any canonical references of the political aspects of sustainable living?

I think that there is a clear and close interplay between politics and sustainable living. What I mean by this is that I think that sustainable ways of living should be reinforced politically to ...
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Sustainability of different fabrics

I know this is a huge question, but I keep find conflicting or, at best, qualitative and not referenced information about the following issue. See for example here, or here. What is the ...
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How much does 'economic sustainability' translate into 'environmental sustainability'?

Does buying a product that costs less money (though being produced in the same way), really translate into better environmental sustainability, or does it just mean you have more money without ...
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How do you identify what is sustainable without reverting to lists and other people's ideas?

This question is important because all too often we understand what is sustainable only if we are told. This approach demands marketing of ideas, and it takes time for ideas to disperse. I want to ...
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What is the difference between sustainable living for an individual and a sustainability policy for a company?

Sustainability seems to be a term that is used at different scales for policies for large businesses right down to individuals doing small things around the house. What does sustainability mean in ...
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Good documentary videos related to the sustainable living?

Can anyone suggests Good Documentary Videos like The Home, Story of Stuff, and The Inconvenient Truth which highlights the society issues, problems and their respective solutions?
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How is sustainability determined for a product or system, and by whom?

I see many questions on this site about the sustainability of various products or practices. I also see that some things which are considered sustainable in one context may be less sustainable when ...
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What is the relationship between permaculture and sustainability?

What is the relationship between permaculture and sustainability? What are sound reasons why both urban and rural permaculture takes us further down the road to sustainability? Are there real-world ...
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What is the Relationship between Localising the Economy and Sustainability?

Following up on EnergyNumbers' questions: What is the relationship between localizing the economy and sustainability? Does pushing for local food markets, local production of goods for use, local ...
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What is the relationship between decarbonisation and sustainability?

What are the sound reasons (let's put aside the unsound reasons) why decarbonisation takes us further down the road to sustainability; and what real-world circumstances might mean that some specific ...
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What is the relationship between biodiversity and sustainability?

What are the sound reasons (let's put aside the unsound reasons) why protecting or increasing biodiversity takes us further down the road to sustainability? Are there real-world circumstances whereby ...
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What is the relationship between energy efficiency and sustainability?

What are the sound reasons (let's put aside the unsound reasons) why increasing energy efficiency takes us further down the road to sustainability? Are there real-world circumstances whereby ...
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What are the top 5 sustainable practices for living a sustainable life? [closed]

There are so many things that one can do to lead a sustainable life. I want to know what the top 5 most impactful things that I can do in my life to help me (and my family) lead a more sustainable ...
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What is the relationship between recycling and sustainability?

What are the sound reasons (let's put aside the unsound reasons) why increasing recycling is taken to improve sustainability (or equivalently to reduce unsustainability)? Are there real-world ...
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How are pollution and sustainability related?

In discussing "green" policies, the words "sustainability" and "pollution" are occasionally mixed together, as if they were antonyms. My gut feeling is that something that is polluting is by ...