Scope of sustainability
As can be seen in the definitions above, sustainability represents a balanced interaction between the human-built and natural worlds. This interaction is often expressed as having three components: environment, social equity, and economy. The relationship between each of these elements is often represented as either a Venn diagram, with sustainability at the intersection, or as concentric circles, reflecting a layering of domains. This second case reflects the more realistic perspective that a healthy economy depends on a healthy society, both of which rely on a healthy environment. Sustainability occurs when all three are thriving.
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