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Sustainability 2014, 6(1), 306-318; doi:10.3390/su6010306
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The Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Research Approach to Assisting Community Decision-Making

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1 National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf Ecology Division, 1 Sabine Island Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, USA 2 Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA 3 Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Assessment, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460, USA 4 Environmental Protection Agency, 26 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45268, USA
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Received: 2 December 2013 / Revised: 20 December 2013 / Accepted: 27 December 2013 / Published: 7 January 2014
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Abstract

A sustainable world is one in which human needs are met equitably and without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs on environmental, economic, and social fronts. The United States (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program aims to assist communities (large and small) to make decisions for their long term sustainability with respect to the three pillars of human well-being—environmental, economic and social—and are tempered in a way that ensures social equity, environmental justice and intergenerational equity. The primary tool being developed by the Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) research program to enhance sustainable decision making is called TRIO (Total Resources Impacts and Outcomes). The conceptual development of this tool and the SHC program attributes are discussed.
Keywords: sustainability; decision making; community; TRIO sustainability; decision making; community; TRIO
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Summers, K.; McCullough, M.; Smith, E.; Gwinn, M.; Kremer, F.; Sjogren, M.; Geller, A.; Slimak, M. The Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program: The Environmental Protection Agency’s Research Approach to Assisting Community Decision-Making. Sustainability 2014, 6, 306-318.

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