“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.”
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.
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.
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|
|Equity and Rights||Forests||Education|
|Governance||Water Quality||Market Economy|
|Demographic||Air Quality||Energy Efficiency and Conservation|
|Gender Equality||Soil||Economic Performance|
|HIV / AIDS||
|Health||Rural Transformation||Poverty Reduction|
|Community and Culture||Sustainable Urbanization||
Corporate Responsibility and
Cultural Diversity and Intercultural
|Disaster Prevention and Mitigation|
|Peace and Human Security||Energy|
|Aboriginal, Métis and First Nation|