Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
This definition was created in 1987 at the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission). It is enshrined in the Swiss federal constitution. It is similar to the "seventh generation" philosophy of the Native American Iroquois Confederacy, mandating that chiefs always consider the effects of their actions on their descendants seven generations in the future.
In practical terms, Sustainability means:
- Using fewer resources in a more efficient way
- Conserving energy
- Reusing / recycling waste
- Consideration of clean, renewable, energy technologies
- Reducing our impact on the environment
- Life Cycle Costing - considering both the capital and operational costs when evaluating solutions
Ocean Park's commitment to sustainable management is defined as its ability to direct the course of a company, community, organisation or country in ways that restore and enhance all forms of capital (human, natural, manufactured, and financial) to generate stakeholder value and contribute to the well-being of current and future generations.