Defining Sustainability: Standard Dictionary Comparison

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What does the Macquarie Dictionary (2009) emphasize about sustainability?

The importance of continuity and endurance

What is the focus of the Oxford Dictionary (2011) definition of sustainability?

The ability of something to be maintained at a specific rate or level

What does the Cambridge Dictionary (2011) definition emphasize about sustainability?

The capacity to continue over a period of time

What is the key goal of sustainable development according to the Brundtland Report (1987)?

Seeking to meet present needs without compromising the ability to meet future needs

Why is there usage variation between 'sustainable development' and 'sustainability'?

Because of historical context and varying perspectives

What are the implications of differing definitions of sustainability?

Leading to confusion and conflict in discussions about sustainability

What are the three components of sustainable development according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development?

Economic, environmental, and social

What does the concept of ecological sustainable development focus on?

Using and conserving community resources

What are the core dimensions of sustainability according to the Triple Bottom Line (TBL)?

Economic, environmental, and social

What does intra-generational and inter-generational equity aim to balance?

The needs of current and future generations

What is integral to sustainability according to the concept of resource conservation and business reconsideration?

Conservation and enhancement of resources

What did the analysis of 100 sustainability definitions on the emrgnc website highlight?

Significance of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL)

What is increasingly becoming a focal point in sustainability discussions borrowed from fields like medicine?

Quality of life (QoL)

What does the 'empty world' economic model rely on?

Assumption that individual welfare is based on consumption of goods and services

What does Lehtonen's weak approach to sustainability assume?

'Triple Bottom Line (TBL)' can easily substitute natural capital

'Full world' model in economics recognizes which of the following?

Recognition of multiple forms of capital and acknowledgment of waste production

Compare and contrast the definitions of sustainability from Macquarie, Oxford, and Cambridge dictionaries with a focus on continuity, stability, and capacity to continue over time.

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