#30 What Does Sustainable Mean?

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How do you define sustainable?

Podcast Update

Our focus for 2017 for Sustainable: The Podcast is to release a new episode every Tuesday. We are also expanding our focus beyond Scotland into Europe.

Defining Sustainability

According to the Oxford Dictionary, Sustainability has two key definitions:

  1. To be able to be maintained at a certain level or rate and,
  2. The conventional meaning of sustainability which is conserving ecological balance by avoiding the depletion of natural resources.

Bringing these two together means that we as humans must maintain our level of growth, our level of development while still conserving the planet.

Sustainability is double-edged. We have to consider not just the environment but also the things humanity needs as well.

Sustainable Development Goals

On 25th September 2015, The United Nations created a set of seventeen goals to help transform our world. These goals have the aim of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all – and needs everybody’s contribution.

The UN has named the following as the goals of sustainable development:

1. No poverty
2. Zero hunger
3. Good health and well-being
4. Quality education
5. Gender equality
6. Clean water and sanitation
7. Affordable and clean energy
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. Reduced in-equalities
11 Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
14. Life below the water
15. Life on land
16. Peace justice and strong institutions
17. Partnerships for the goals

Upcoming Guests

We have some amazing interviews coming in the next few months including:

Wayne Turner – CEO of Odyssey Sensors
Morag Gardner – Head of Sustainability of Scottish Whiskey Association
Galahad Clark – Founder and Managing director of Vivo Barefoot
Kresse Wesling – Founder of Elvis & Kresse
Ravinol Chambers – Founder of Be Inspired Films
Linz Darlington – Founder of Benefacto
Servane Mouazane – Founder of Ogunte

Ioana Tetelea – Managing partner of Invisible Nature
Andy Middleton – Executive Director of TYF Group
Zahid Torres-Rahman – Founder of Business Fights Poverty

Through these interviews, you’ll start to think differently about sustainability.  You will also see just how much is happening to help us become more sustainable and get inspired to make your organisation more sustainable.

We are now living in a world where profits and sustainability go hand in hand.

This is the future of business.


While [sustainability] has an environmental focus, it also connects to everything else.Tabi Jayne
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