Description The United Nations Millennium Develop |

Description  The United Nations Millennium Develop |

Description The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UNMDC) have been adopted by 183 countries. Goal #7 addresses the need for sustainable development in all countries, including Economically Developed Countries (EDC) and Less Developed Countries (LDC). For leaders of positive sustainable development, the individual country challenges may differ but the tools, skills, and techniques for leading change are similar and adaptable. The effects of pollution, poverty, water quality, and diminishing natural and nonrenewable resources have created the need to study sustainability and how it impacts communities. Economically Developed Countries (EDCs) have different needs than Less Developed Countries (LDC). Many communities are developing sustainability plans to address environmental, economic, and social needs and problems. Understanding the concept of sustainability, and how communities become sustainable, is necessary to make changes that have positive impact. This week, you reflect on the degree to which your community is sustainable, consider how you might discuss the concept of sustainability with your community, and think about how your community might define sustainability. Then you begin to explore sustainability in terms of “systems thinking.” You also examine different sustainability frameworks and models and consider how they might best guide sustainable development in your community. Sustainability Assessment and Communication Most experts agree that sustainable living requires a balance of environmental, economic, and social factors. There are, however, no universal, one-size-fits-all definitions of sustainability. Almost every community has a unique set of core values they believe are worth protecting and upholding. Each of these core values will influence how the community defines sustainability. For example, a fishing community that wishes to balance ecological and economic goals in order to prosper will define and conceptualize sustainability differently and have different sustainability goals compared to an industrial community. Business leaders, consumers, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations all are critical communicators and advocates behind efforts to develop and improve sustainability in communities. In fact, sustainability may be said to be a “conversation” in which everyone from the community should be involved, discussing the community’s core values and answering the question, “What does sustainability mean to us?” For this Discussion, review and complete the Community Sustainability Assessment (CSA) for your community. Reflect on the areas in your community that need improvement. With these thoughts in mind: This is the question Post a brief summary of the results of your Community Sustainability Assessment (CSA). Then explain how you might discuss sustainability with your community. Finally, explain how you think your community might define sustainability. The definition of sustainability differs by country/community, making it important that you identify your country/community. Be specific. The community you will use is Fargo city, North Dakota or international community in Africa Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. Re READINGS Mo Ibrahim Foundation. (2013, November). Africa ahead: The next 50 years. Retrieved from Five E’s Unlimited. A System’s Approach to Sustainable Development. (2010). Community sustainability assessment (CSA). Retrieved from Lachman, B. E. (1997). The sustainable community “movement.” In Linking sustainable community activities to pollution prevention (pp. 8–12). Washington, DC: RAND. Retrieved from The Natural Step. (n.d.). The four system conditions of a sustainable society. Retrieved June 21, 2014, from Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas. (2010). The Community Tool Box: Chapter 2 – Some other models for promoting community health and development. Retrieved from Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 7 Section 8 Section 9 Section 10 Section 11 Section 13 Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas. (2009). The Community Tool Box: Our model of practice: Building capacity for community and system change. Retrieved from MEDIA Laureate Education. (Producer). (2010). Foundations of sustainable community development. Baltimore, MD: Author. Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 12 minutes. Accessible player –Downloads– Download Video w/CC Download Audio Download Transcript Optional Resources Boyd, S. F. (2001). Sustainable communities and the future of community movements. National Civic Review, 90(4), 385–390. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases. McKeown, R. (2002). ESD Toolkit: Seeing your community through a sustainability lens. Retrieved from Rizzi, R. (n.d.). ESD Toolkit: Tools to introduce the concept of sustainable development. Retrieved June 19, 2014, from sources