Sustainable is the Buzzword in Going Green
When the experts discuss “going green,” sustainable is often one of the words they use. Indeed, in conservation and development the idea of sustainability – as in sustainable design, sustainable tourism, sustainable agriculture, sustainable well, anything – is the name of the game.
Sustainable, in its most basic form, is the concept of designing things so that they leave the smallest possible footprint on the environment, while at the same time protecting resources so they can be enjoyed by future generations.
Sustainable design, also called sustainable development, is one of the most popular movements. It aims to create buildings and structures that provide no negative impact to the environment. Sustainable design supports buildings constructed of materials that have been recycled or can be easily renewed. The buildings also are powered by renewable energy sources, such as wind or solar. These buildings must fit in well with the particular environment and culture in which they are located.
Besides architecture, the sustainable design concept also has applications in landscape design, urban planning, engineering, interior design and even fashion design.
Sustainable agriculture is the concept of growing food in ways that better protect the environment. The benefit is that it protects and preserves resources which enable future generations of farmers to grow food. Sustainable agriculture can include organic gardening, greater use of crop and livestock recycling, water conservation, and planting crops that replenish the nutrients in the soil.
On a smaller scale, many homeowners already practice sustainable gardening through such measures as terracing to conserve soil, harvesting rainwater for garden needs and planting native plant species that are more easily grown and reduce fertilizer use.
The popularity of sustainable tourism is also growing. Tourism is booming industry worldwide – around 1 billion people travel internationally each year – but it is an industry that can sometimes put strains on the environment. Sustainable tourism is the concept of developing environmentally- and culturally-friendly programs that appeal to visitors and at same time boost the local economy and provide jobs.
A successful sustainable tourism initiative is one that will keep the tourism industry afloat, but do so in a way that does not have a negative impact on the environment or culture. Sustainable tourism ranges from tour companies using fuel-efficient vehicles to programs in which tourism leaders work with businesses to employ local residents.
Whether in design, agriculture, tourism or any other item, sustainable will continue to be a buzzword as people seek new ways to maximize productivity and boost economies – while at the same time preserve the environment for future generations.