The words 'sustainable' and 'sustainability' are used to describe many different approaches toward changing our way of life so that we can maintain long-term social, economic and environmental development without over exploiting our resources.

Sustainability does not (and should not) have one definition, but one of the most commonly used definitions is from the United Nations 1987 Brundtland Report, as a mode of development where,  “Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable - to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

Sustainability is commonly defined through the three interconnected pillars of social or human sustainability, economic sustainability and environmental or natural sustainability. For Ecoweek – New Nordic living we stress that all three pillars should be taken seriously to ensure sustainability in the projects.

Here is one definition that can provide a way of understanding sustainability that can be used in the context of Ecoweek -New Nordic Living and what it is trying to accomplish:

“A sustainable community is one that resembles a living system where all of the resources (human, natural and economic) are renewed and in balance for perpetuity.”


To balance and include resources from all three pillars, to achieve or sustain a living renewable community system, should be at the core of the case based workshops at Ecoweek – New Nordic Living. Though we have this holistic understanding of sustainability - the workshops have been divided up into four sustainability categories for this Ecoweek event - New Nordic Living. Each of the workshops will be based on one of these themes.  

See themes and workshops in the left menu or view the whole WORKSHOP CATALOGUE as pdf.

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