Sustainability refers to the conservation, protection, and regeneration of resources over an indefinite period of time. Central to sustainability is the idea that today’s decisions affect the future of human health and well being, the environment and the economy.”

Our Aim

We aim to provide an easy-to-use and inexpensive forum for governments, crown corporations, business, K-12 and post-secondary institutions, aboriginal and first nations groups, communities, non-profit organizations and associations to highlight their sustainability initiatives for all Manitobans.

Through this Directory, Manitobans are apprised on where to access information on key sustainability issues and who is working on these in the local context. By increasing the visibility of sustainability providers and their programs, events and services, we hope to enhance sustainability across the province. 

Our Goals

The goals of this Directory are to:
1. Create a multi-sectoral online forum to highlight programs, resources, events and priorities related to sustainability.
2. Encourage community action and learning on sustainability issues with relevance to Manitobans.
3. Ascertain the status of sustainability initiatives in the public and private sectors in Manitoba in order to identify gaps, and prioritize opportunities for collaboration on future sustainability activities.

Scope

In the context of this Directory, a sustainability initiative is described as any program, initiative, event or activity that enhances social, environmental and economic factors related to quality of life. Priority areas (or sustainability topics) in each of these three dimensions are identified in the United
Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) and the 2009 Manitoba Sustainability Report. The sustainability themes are identified in the table found below. 

Social Well-Being Natural Environment Economy
Human Rights Climate Change Consumption and Waste Management
Environmental Ethics and Philosophy Biodiversity and Habitat Conservation Agricultural Sustainability/Viability
Active Citizenship Fish Employment
Equity and Rights Forests Education
Governance Water Quality Market Economy
Demographic Air Quality Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Gender Equality Soil Economic Performance
HIV / AIDS Traditional Ecological
Knowledge
Mining
Health Rural Transformation Poverty Reduction
Community and Culture Sustainable Urbanization Corporate Responsibility and
Accountability
Cultural Diversity and Intercultural
Understanding
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation  
Peace and Human Security  Energy  
Justice  Pollution Prevention  
Aboriginal, Métis and First Nation    
Active Transportation    
Food Security