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About Our Organization

For 25 years, The Cape Cod Center for Sustainability has been dedicated to measuring and enhancing a region’s “quality of life”. These efforts focused on our environment, community and economy in an effort to identify ways to sustain and build upon attributes of a region that define its promise.

Since our inception, the concept of sustainability has evolved – becoming more specific about how society operates in a world challenged by human actions, such as those affecting the climate, resource limitations and societal inequalities.

Sustainability is not limited to the quality of life of a region. It’s global. Its consequences encompass a vast array of ideas and strategies and accountability that help us manage our global resources better. Sustainability defines our efforts to realign our relationship to the environment so that we can thrive more than merely survive.

Erosion: Cape Cod Center for Sustainability
Wharf: Cape Cod Center for Sustainability

Many organizations now exist that are dedicated to process improvements, transparency and risk mitigation – all important, crucial work in this new worldview. And in a manner that is consistent with these initiatives, The Cape Cod Center for Sustainability is adapting its approach in our exploration of Sustainability here on Cape Cod and, indeed, globally.

With critical new strategies like the recent Paris Accord asking nations to cooperate on a global remedy to curb emissions that are linked to a dangerously warming planet, we also ask: “What’s next? And what should our focus be?”

Attention to our changing climate, for example, is but one aspect of a sustainable world that – as described by the late visionary Buckminster Fuller – works for 100% of humanity. What else can sustainability mean for the region and the world? What way of life allows us to add value to nature rather than extract it? What current ideas affect outcomes for future generations?

As our organization defines its future, The Cape Cod Center for Sustainability will consider questions such as these and look for ways that may enhance and improve not only the quality of our region’s life but also that of the global community of which we are a part. We could use your help and benefit from your experience, your knowledge and your willingness to dive in to these topics with us. We encourage you to join us.