The Real Idea of Sustainability

Sustainability has become a word with many connotations and political agendas. But underneath it all, the goal of the sustainability is to sustain. The goal is to simply sustain the human race, as we find ourselves at a crossroads between population growth and dwindling resources. We have to think about changing our paradigms about what 'progress' really is. And with this new idea of progress, it doesn't have to be negative, but in contrast, enable us to live happier, healthier, more connected lives.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
— Albert Einstein

I found this article about happiness and sustainability that really hit home with the goals of my project. A recent study found...

"that cities with strong sustainable development practices and policies self-report higher levels of happiness. In fact, sustainable practices, such as community gardens, green spaces, green homes, and sustainable transportation, have all been shown to increase happiness. Sustainable design can also enhance and strengthen social networks—and the importance of that can’t be overstated" (Cloutier).

Instead of seeing living more sustainably as a burden, or more work, or more expensive, I want to enable people to live in a way that makes them happy, and also benefits our environment and our society. The question now is how to accomplish that.

Designing for Happiness: The Ultimate Sustainability Solution