Sustainable Development - Measuring Sustainability


Meeting today’s and tomorrow’s needs requires knowing what we have, what we consume, what will remain and what can be regenerated or replaced. Accurate measurements and accounting of our natural, social and economic capital are essential to moving forward on a sustainable path.

Chapter 6 examines the different tools and criteria used to assess sustainability and how they are combined to provide information on the issues, trends and interactions that determine whether a given situation meets our expectations and what can be done to improve it.

Did you know?
The wealth of societies can be thought of in terms of five “capitals”: Financial, such as stocks and bonds; produced, such as machinery and infrastructure; natural, such land and ecosystems; human, which is the education and health of the workforce; and social, which is social networks and institutions.

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