ASTM WK26043

    New Guide for General Principles of Sustainability

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E60.80 | Committee E60 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1. Scope 1.1 Sustainabilty has three types of general principles: environmental, economic, and social. This guide covers the fundamental concepts for each of the general principles of sustainability. 1.2 This guide distinguishes between ideal sustainability and applied sustainability. Ideally, human activities would not require making trade-offs among environmental, economic, and social goals. However, this guide recognizes that, in applying sustainability principles, decision makers must often balance opportunities and challenges associated with each of the general principles. 1.3 This guide identifies general methodologies associated with the decision-making process used in pursuing sustainability. 1.4 This guide does not provide direction as to the specific implementation of the general principles; nor does it provide direction as to the specific weighting of principles necessary for achieving balance. 1.5 Applying the principles in this guide will require professional judgment. Such judgment should be informed by experience with environmental, economic, and social issues. 1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    sustainability; sustainable development; environmental; economic; social; principles


    This standard will guide not only future work in the new ASTM E60 Sustainability Committee, but could be referenced as the first consensus standard on the topic.

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    Alison Kinn Bennett