When discussing sustainable development, you’ll often hear institutions mention their triple-bottom line. This term reflects the fact that sustainability requires multiple moving parts working in tandem to be – well – sustainable. Specifically, a city’s triple-bottom line consists of economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
- Economic Sustainability: keeping a city profitable, competitive, and attractive to investors.
- Social Sustainability: maximizing the quality of life and well-being of those living in the community.
- Environmental Sustainability: managing growth in a way that minimizes environmental impact.
Although you will see some variance from city to city, you are bound to notice the three pillars of the triple-bottom line approach appear throughout any city’s official development planning documents.
Listed below are official city plans and web-pages that are relevant to this concept of sustainable development. Click the links below to travel to each city’s website to find out more.
- How Development Happens
- City Plans
- Green Development Guide (2008)
- City Publications