Meeting the sustainability challenge | Clare Feeney, Environment and Sustainability Strategic Training Institute
Clare is an award-winning environmental expert and sustainability strategist.
- Although widely used, sustainability is a jargonistic word which is not immediately self-explanatory. ‘Wellbeing’ (social, indigenous, economic and environmental) is a term people can more closely relate to, measure and understand
- If the key project evaluation tools are economic (GDP contribution/IRR), the infrastructure delivered will prioritise these requirements (at the expense of broader long-term wellbeing)
- Government is responsible for setting the strategic wellbeing framework for large scale capital projects – the market then delivers to these standards. However, pressure from the business sector remains a key driver of business and government wellbeing practices
- The shift to a wellbeing (or sustainable) approach requires a top-down and bottom-up cultural shift. This can only be achieved through focused, structured and timely wellbeing training