Components of a Sustainable Community

In the video below we learn from Dr. Liette Vasseur, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Brock University, and UNESCO Chair, Community Sustainability: From Local to Global about her UNESCO Chair position, her perspective on what a sustainable community is, and why engaging with communities is important for building sustainable communities.



An illustrated city surrounded by clouds labelled with components of a sustainable community: safe, resilient, accessible public transit, inclusive, accessible green space, affordable housing, cultural resources, and high quality of life
Elements of a sustainable community developed by The Institute for Sustainable Communities


The Institute for Sustainable Communities developed a list of elements of a sustainable community, including leadership, civic engagement and responsibility; ecological integrity; economic security; and social well-being.

Read about how the Institute for Sustainable Communities describes a sustainable community, and learn more about the elements described above.


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