Sustainability goes hand in hand with being a good Scout. Let's challenge each other and take sustainability to a new level.

Happiness is influenced by our quality of life. For sustainability to be, well, sustainable it has to provide opportunities in education, community development, and quality of life for the world's people.

Money is not the most important thing in life, but it is a primary influence in today's global economy. Solutions in sustainability have to be economically feasible to implement and have a positive financial effect on ALL communities that they impact.

Planet Earth is our common home that provides us with the fundamental resources for survival. These resources, however are limited and can be depleted if we don't manage them carefully.

relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.


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

- Gro Harlem Brundtland

  • Ecological overshoot basically means using more resources over in a given time period than than the earth can replenish in that same time period.

  • Individuals in the United States consume more water, more food, more goods—just about more everything—than most people in other parts of the world. That rate of consumption has increased so much that we now are using more resources faster than those resources can be replenished by nature. That means that we are drawing on future generations' resources to live now.

  • Currently, we are consuming Earth’s natural resources--water minerals, food, fuel, and so on-- about 1.4 times faster than they can be replenished. This means it takes us 17 months to replenish what we consume in 12 months. By 2050, that rate is projected to increase to nearly three Earths. If we were to work together to substantially reduce the rate of consumption, we could close that gap and Earth could sustain its current population.

  • Is your lifestyle sustainable? Find out how close you are to net zero.

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  • Less than 1 percent of all the water on Earth can be used by humans. As the world’s population grows, more people are using this limited resource. It’s important that we all use water wisely.

  • Making the best use of household food comes down to learning good management techniques to cut your food bills and food waste. In turn, this results in less food waste--the No. 1 solid waste in municipal landfills and incinerators.

  • Sustainable communities are the result of careful planning to take into account the complex relationships between development, energy needs, healthy lifestyles and socio-economic prosperity.

  • Your carbon footprint is the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that you create. By using less fuel and less electricity and reducing the amount of trash you create, you can reduce your carbon footprint dramatically.

  • Water
  • Food
  • Community
  • Energy

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Sustainability is a worldwide issue, but it takes individual efforts to make an impact. Check out how you can help locally and at home. Take action locally and change the world.
From community gardens to ride sharing, there are many ways you can make a difference in your community.

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The easiest way to work toward a more sustainable existence is to make changes at home like using energy efficient light bulbs or composting.
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