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The President's Council
on Sustainable Development (PCSD) was established by President Clinton
in June 1993 to advise him on sustainable development and develop "bold,
new approaches to achieve our economic, environmental, and equity
Formally established by Executive Order 12852, the PCSD was administered
as a federal advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee
The Mission of the PCSD
Forge consensus on Policy by
bringing together diverse interests to identify and develop innovative
economic, environmental and social policies and
Demonstrate Implementation of
policy that fosters sustainable development by working with diverse interests
to identify and demonstrate implementation of sustainable
Get the word out about sustainable
Evaluate and report on progress
by recommending national, community, and enterprise level frameworks for
tracking sustainable development.
The following goals express
the shared aspirations of the President's Council on Sustainable Development.
They are truly interdependent and flow from the Council's understanding
that it is essential to seek economic prosperity, environmental protection,
and social equity together.
Goal 1: Health
And The Environment
Ensure that every person
enjoys the benefits of clean air, clean water, and a healthy
at home, at work, and at play.
Goal 2: Economic
Sustain a healthy U.S. economy
that grows sufficiently to create meaningful jobs, reduce poverty, and
provide the opportunity for a high quality of life for all in an
increasingly competitive world.
Goal 3: Equity
Ensure that all Americans
are afforded justice and have the opportunity to achieve economic,
and social well-being.
Goal 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.
Goal 5: Stewardship
Create a widely held ethic
of stewardship that strongly encourages individuals, institutions,
and corporations to take full responsibility for the economic, environmental,
and social consequences of their actions.
Goal 6: Sustainable
Encourage people to work
together to create healthy communities where natural and historic
resources are preserved, jobs are available, sprawl is contained,
are secure, education is lifelong, transportation and health care are
accessible, and all citizens have opportunities to improve the quality
of their lives.
Goal 7: Civic
Create full opportunity
for citizens, businesses, and communities to participate in and influence
the natural resource, environmental, and economic decisions that affect
Goal 8: Population
Move toward stabilization
of U.S. population.
Goal 9: International Responsibility
Take a leadership role in
the development and implementation of global sustainable development
standards of conduct, and trade and foreign policies that further the
Goal 10: Education
Ensure that all Americans
have equal access to education and lifelong learning opportunities that
will prepare them for meaningful work, a high quality of life, and an
of the concepts involved in sustainable development.