An Introduction to sustainability for charity facilities managers

A picture of the Earth taken from the moon

Astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission captured this "Earthrise". The image highlights the fragility of earth's ecosystem. (Photo: NASA)

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is based on a simple principle: everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.

To pursue  sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations. Sustainability is not just about beeing "green" it is about  focusing on the social, economic and environmental dimensions of our activities.

Key topics related to susainable working include:

  • Sustainable procurement
  • Environmental policies
  • Climate change
  • Waste management

Many of these topics are covered in other pages on this site, for example, you can read more about ethical purchasing in our section on procurement.