We believe that you must define your key terms as those definitions should guide your actions.

We define sustainability as: A system of interrelated, connected components, including social/cultural, economic, environmental, and institutional sustainability. These concepts add to the traditional “triple bottom line” of people-planet-profit, and recognize that governments, organizations, departments, and people make decisions that affect the rest of the system through institutional structure, governance, policies, and ethics. For example, if upper management decides to start a recycling program, it will create the policies for the program, but it will need the people of the organization (employees, clients, vendors, attendees) to participate and partners to insure that the program is cost effective.

We define systems as: How things affect other things.

Systems examples:

Decisions Outcomes
Actions Products
Thoughts Ethical Dilemmas
Surplus Waste Allocation