The concept of Sustainable Development is based the principle of meeting the needs of today’s generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A sustainable approach to successful and sustainable initiatives builds on this idea and the lessons we have learned in using the VSP Tool in various Canadian communities.

A Sustainable Approach:

• integrates social, economic and environmental factors into decision-making, and recognizes that change takes place within a web of social relations

• fosters the kinds of “values dialogues”, structures and processes that contribute to the development of successful and sustainable initiatives, and

• enables groups and organizations to be ready and able to make step-change improvements as they strive to achieve shared visions, goals and objectives.

The VSP Approach provides insights and ideas on how to plan, implement and assess a sustainable approach that is holistic systematic and intentional.