Sustainability Principles

Our Next Generation Economy for All agenda is dependent on both strengthening our region’s economic future and, in an intentional and inclusive way, improve the quality of life for all who reside here. The Conference’s Sustainability and Community Committee worked to establish principles that fit within the scope and mission of the Conference. This work began with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and evolved with many thoughtful stakeholders at the table. They are aspirational and yet action oriented with a focus on the history, scope, and mission of the Conference.

These Sustainability Principles were approved unanimously by the Board of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development on January 18, 2019.

Principle 1:  Community and Individual Well-Being.

We promote and encourage policies and practices that provide equal access to improved economic growth and quality of life for all, to ensure the long-term well-being of our communities and our residents. 

Principle 2: Resource Stewardship. 

We promote the adoption of sustainable consumption and production patterns, increased efficiency and minimized resource use and waste in all its forms (i.e., land, water and air), and actions that contribute to positive improvements to the four P’s of people, planet, place, and performance.

Principle 3: Clean Energy.

We promote and encourage policies and practices that increase access to more affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all.

Principle 4: Innovation and Technology.

We promote further funding and deployment of innovation and technology that increases the sustainability of our industries, improves the resiliency of our infrastructure, and addresses factors that contribute to climate change.

Principle 5:  Partnerships to Achieve the Principles.

We encourage and participate in cross sector and inclusive partnerships to achieve the region’s sustainable development goals.