Sustainability is the capacity to endure. There is now abundant scientific evidence that humanity is living unsustainably. Returning human use of natural resources to within sustainable limits will require a major collective effort. Ways of living more sustainably can take many forms from reorganizing living conditions (e.g., eco-villages, eco-municipalities and sustainable cities), reappraising economic sectors (permaculture, green building, sustainable agriculture), or work practices (sustainable architecture), using science to develop new technologies (green technologies, renewable energy), to adjustments in individual lifestyles that conserve natural resources.
Currently, Garfield County Environmental Health is collaborating with a very diverse group of stakeholders on a variety of forward-thinking projects that will help promote reduced consumption, the use of renewable resources (where possible), and encourage practices that minimize resource intensity while maximizing resource productivity.