Applied sustainability is the application of science and innovation , including the insights of the social sciences, to meet the human needs while indefinitely preserving the life support systems of the planet .

Note that this is a significant difference from the standard definition of sustainability that is encapsulated by some version of the Brundtland Commission’s concept: „development that meets the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs “ [1]

Just applied sustainability

A more refined definition would be called „just applied sustainability“: the just and equitable application of science and innovation , including the social sciences, to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and in the future while living within the limits of supporting ecosystems . This comes from the definition of Just Sustainability, qui est „the egalitarian conception of sustainable development „. [2] It Generates year Improved definition of sustainable development as „the need to Ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future , in a justManner and fair, whilst living dans le Limits of Supporting Ecosystems „. [3] This new form of sustainable development and justice prioritizes equity, while Maintaining the importance of the environment and the global life support system.

Synonymous with applied science

The relationship between „applied sustainability“ and sustainability (or sustainability science ) [4] is Analogous relationship entre Applied Science ( Engineering ) and basic science . The science is the effort to discover, understand, or understand better, how the physical world works, with observable physical evidence as the basis of that understanding. Applied science is the application of knowledge of one or more natural scientific fields to solve practical problems.

Sustainable engineering

Applied sustainability is essentially sustainable engineering – by utilizing natural laws and physical resources in order to design and implement materials, structures , machines , devices , systems , and processes that meet the needs of the environment . Applied sustainability is made up of work in engineering, policy, and education – whatever methods are necessary to keep the world for our children. A recent study has shown that open source principles [5] can be used to accelerate deployment of sustainable technologies [6] such asopen source appropriate technologies .

Clarification regarding terminology

Sustainability , itself, is a term that is often confused because it is a characteristic of a process that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely. When used in the context of development, as sustainable development , it is a pattern of resource use That AIMS to meet human needs while preserving the environment so That thesis needs can be met not only in the present, in the aim indefinite future. The most evolved definition of sustainability is that of just sustainability – „the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and in the future, in a just and fair manner, while living within the limits of supporting ecosystems“. quote needed ]

See also

  • Appropedia
  • Circles of Sustainability
  • Engaged Research


  1. Jump up^ World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) .1987. Our Common Future. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2. Jump up^ Jacobs, M., „Sustainable Development as a Contested Concept,“ in A. Dobson, Fairness and Futurity: Essays on Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1999), 32.
  3. Jump up^ Agyeman, J., Bullard, RD, and Evans, B. eds., Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (London: Earthscan / MIT Press, 2003), 5.
  4. Jump up^ The web site of the Forum for Science and Innovation in the Sustainable DevelopmentForum for Science and Innovation in Sustainable DevelopmentKey Documents, Key Journals and Websites, a list of research institutions and their programs.
  5. Jump up^ Raymond, Eric S. (2000-09-11). „The Cathedral and the Bazaar“ . Retrieved 2004-09-19 .
  6. Jump up^ Joshua M. Pearce, „Open Source Research in Sustainability,“Sustainability: The Journal of Record,5(4), pp. 238-243, 2012.DOI free and open access