About Sustainable Development
Are you looking for examples of sustainable development? There are many things that companies and individuals can do to incorporate green living practices into their every day practices.
Harnessing wind energy to provide power for homes, offices, and other buildings or to pump water is one of the best examples of sustainable development. After all, wind is a free resource. If you live in an area with "good wind", it's possible to supplement or replace grid power at no cost, once you've invested in a windmill.
Energy from the sun is available in limitless supply in most areas. Installing a photovoltaic system allows energy from the sun to be harnessed to replace or supplement grid power without the need to use up resources that are not renewable.
Rotating crops is a chemical free way to maximize the growth potential of gardening land as well as to diminish the presence of disease in the soil. This example of sustainable development can benefit home gardeners as well as commercial farmers.
Building homes, offices, and other structures that are energy efficient and that incorporate renewable and recycled resources is a way to incorporate sustainable development into residential and commercial construction.
Efficient Water Fixtures
Installing efficient showers, toilets, and other water using appliances in existing structures and new construction is a way of making the most of available resources by conserving water.
Incorporating green spaces into urban development is an example of sustainable development that can encourage wildlife and provide opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation even in major metropolitan areas.
Timber companies that practice green logging replace any trees they harvest by planting new trees in their place. Look for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) symbol with purchasing paper or wood products to support companies that have met stringent guidelines for environmentally responsible forestry practices. For more information, see www.sfiprogram.org.
Sustainable Fishing Practices
The commercial fishing industry can engage in sustainable practices by farming fish and other marine organisms in both fresh and salt water.