The New Sustainable Frontier: Principles of Sustainable Development
|Authored by||U.S. General Services Administration|
|Created by||U.S. General Services Administration|
|Published by||U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Office of Real Property Management|
|Published on||1 Sep 2009|
The 2000 “GSA Real Property Sustainable Development Guide” introduced federal agencies to the principles of sustainable development and explained how it was fundamental to effective government operations.
Since then, scientific findings have increased public understanding and added a sense of urgency to the idea that sustainability is not just a better way to do business, but an absolute necessity if we are to maintain life on this planet. While the private sector’s voluntary, incremental improvements have resulted in relatively more efficient consumption; such a selective approach will not take us where we need to go unless the improvements also reflect the realities of our closed-world system.