Articles from the BSC Library Sustainability Definitions Articles

  • Efficiency Ratio

    August 13, 2015

    Definition:  No matter what kind of business a company is in, it must invest in assets to perform its operations. Efficiency ratios measure how effectively the company utilizes these assets, as well as how well it manages its liabilities. Source:  Morningstar Read More

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  • Efficient

    August 13, 2015

    Definition:  Efficient is the act of working productively with minimum wasted effort or expense; preventing the wasteful use of a resource. Source:  Oxford English Dictionary Read More

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  • Energy Efficiency

    August 13, 2015

    Definition Energy efficiency is a way of managing and restraining the growth in energy consumption. Something is more energy efficient if it delivers more services for the same energy input, or the same services for less energy input. For example, when a compact florescent light (CFL) bulb uses less energy (one-third to one-fifth) than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light, the CFL is considered to be more energy efficient. Source:  International Energy Agency Read More

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  • Sustainable Agriculture

    August 13, 2015

    Definition   Congress has defined sustainable agriculture as an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site specific application that will, over the long-term: satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends; make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm/ranch operations; and enhance the quality of life for farmers/ ranchers and society as a whole. Source:  Congress - 1990 “Farm Bill” Read More

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  • Sustainable Development

    August 13, 2015

    Definition From a human standpoint, sustainable development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Source:  Brundtland Commission  Read More

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  • Sustainability

    August 13, 2013

    Definition Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.   Read More

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