Sustainable Kenosha County

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Sustainable Kenosha County is an effort to incorporate elements of sustainability in Kenosha County government operations and in the daily life and work of Kenosha County employees to improve efficiency, the environment, and quality of life. Sustainable Kenosha County is supported by Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman.

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainability Matrix

Sustainability encompasses the following elements: 

Environment represents ecological considerations of preserving and restoring the health of living systems. All life on the planet depends on ecosystems to purify air and water, pollinate crops, provide food, recycle waste, and circulate atmospheric gases, chemical elements, and energy.

Social refers to social equity, including freedom from unhealthy living conditions and equal access to food, water, employment, education, and healthcare. It allows all people the opportunity to lead thriving, productive lives.

Economics within a sustainability framework refers to an economic system that can continue over the long term, distributing resources fairly where individuals are able to meet their basic human needs.

Culture is emerging out of the realm of social sustainability and is being recognized as having a separate, distinct, and integral role in sustainable development that encompasses distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual, and emotional features.