Systems Approaches to Sustainability

Many topics in sustainability work in systems and benefit from a holistic approach to decision making and problem solving. Taking a systems approach involves the decision maker considering consequences of actions on other aspects of sustainability and understanding trade-offs. That is, progress on one goal might positively or negatively impact progress on another goal. Systems thinking is important for addressing complex problems that have multiple causes, actors, considerations, and solutions. To learn more about systems thinking, please visit these resources: