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Sustainable Operating Strategies (SOS)

Sustainable Operating Strategies (SOS) for Business, Communities, Organizations and Individuals

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SusOpS is dedicated to helping, communities, businesses, organizations and individuals operate in a more sustainable manner. The term "Operating" was chosen instead of "Development" to emphasize that "Sustainable" applies not just to development but also to day to day operation.

The organization The Natural Step (TNS) has established four system conditions that provide a definitive framework for a sustainable society based on the underlying supposition that it is ethically wrong to seriously compromise the capacity of the earth to support future generations. These are:-

1. Substances from the Earth’s crust can not systematically increase in the biosphere.
This means that fossil fuels, metals, and other minerals can not be extracted at a faster rate than their re-deposit back into the Earth’s crust.

2. Substances produced by society can not systematically increase in the biosphere.
This means that substances must not be produced at a faster rate than they can be broken down in nature. This requires a greatly decreased production of naturally occurring substances that are systematically accumulating beyond natural levels, and a phase-out of persistent human-made substances not found in nature.

3. The physical basis for the productivity and diversity of nature must not be systematically deteriorated.
This means that we cannot harvest or manipulate ecosystems in such a way as to diminish their productive capacity, or threaten the natural diversity of life forms (bio diversity). This requires that we critically examine how we harvest renewable resources, and adjust our consumption and land-use practices to fall well within the regenerative capacities of ecosystems.

4. In order to meet the previous three system conditions, there must be a fair and efficient use of resources to meet human needs.
This means that basic human needs must be met with the most resource-efficient methods possible, including a just resource distribution.

These four conditions and their implications guided the development of many of the sustainable operating strategies that will be presented on these pages.

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