Sustainable Development

"Sustainable development is...development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future, 1987

"Toward a Sustainable Community: A Toolkit for Local Government", a University of Wisconsin Extension publication co-authored by UW-Extension agents, Sherrie Gruder, Anna Haines, Jerry Hembd, Jane Silberstein and 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Policy Director, Lisa MacKinnon, was recently published and made available to the public.

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide ideas and descriptions of specific actions that a local government can take to transform itself into a model of sustainable practices. These are practices that can result in cost savings and increased employment, as well as enhance environmental quality and community well-being. The message of this toolkit is simple: local governments can lead by example.

Please see the toolkit brochure for additional information