What does the word sustainability mean to you? Many people view sustainability from an environmental standpoint. Challenges posed by a growing population, increasing emissions, and inefficient waste management have overtaken our news and media. Bombarded by images of devastating heat waves, floating trash islands, and species on the verge of extinction, it is natural to think first of our environment when sustainability comes to mind. Would it surprise you to learn that this is only a piece of the puzzle?
In general, sustainability can be defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Increasingly, governments and corporations around the world consider three key factors when striving for sustainable development. Often referred to as the Triple Bottom Line or the Three Ps, an action or object is only considered sustainable if it is so on a societal, environmental, and economic level. In other words, will it meet the needs of the people and planet while also being profitable? Stretched too far in one direction, any action or object will eventually fail.
There are numerous challenges for sustainable development: limited resources at both a local and global scale, lack of infrastructure, underdeveloped technologies, production and distribution management, public perception, political division, etc.
At Arch Electric, we strive for sustainable development as a company and for our customers. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and empower current and future generations to choose a clean, sustainable form of energy. Our theme for 2020 will be a deeper understanding of the S.E.E. concept of sustainability, and how solar fits in to that puzzle. We are looking forward to another great year in this industry!
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This post was written by Rebecca Nicholson