Campaign for Sustainability: PCSD

Campaign for a National Sustainability Strategy

President's Council on Sustainable Development

In 1993 President Clinton created the President's Council on Sustainable Development, which consulted with U.S. citizens in a series of town meetings around the country, as well as establishing a series of Task Forces and Working Groups which all contributed to the reports in 1996 and 1999 on prospects for a "Susatinable America."

The PCSD identified ten goals:

  1. Health and the environment - ensure every citizen has benefit of clean air, water, and healthy environment.
  2. Economic prosperity - Healthy economy that provides meaningful jobs, reduces poverty, provides opportunity for a high quality of life.
  3. Equity - All Americans afforded justice and have opportunity to achieve economic, environmental and social well being.
  4. Conservation of nature - Use, conserve, protect, and restore natural resources -- land, air, water, and biodiversity -- in ways that help ensure long-term social, economic, and environmental benefits for ourselves and future generations.
  5. Stewardship - Ethic encourage citizens to take full responsibility for the economic, environmental and social consequences of their actions.
  6. Sustainable communities
  7. Civic engagement
  8. Population - Stabilization of U.S. population.
  9. International responsibility - Taking a leadership role in development and implementation of global sustainable development policies, standards of conduct, trade and foreign policy that furthers the achievement of sustainability.
  10. Education - Equal access to education and lifelong learning; understanding of concepts of sustainable development.

The PCSD was the first organized attempt to develop a national sustainability strategy for the United States. However, although the final report was released in Detroit in 1999 at the National Town Meeting for a Sustainable America, the findings were essentially ignored by the subsequent Bush administration which came into office the following year.

In the past eight years, there has been no further official discussion of the implementation of the Sustainable America recommendations or other recommendations for a national sustainability strategy.

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