Why we need to build the Sustainable State
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries is the driving force behind finding new ways of doing things so that Victorians can reduce their impact on the environment and live more sustainably.
A prosperous and liveable Victoria depends on a healthy environment.
For instance, we need the air we breathe to be free of pollution and the water used by industry and agriculture to be clean if we are to improve health and create jobs and wealth for all to enjoy.
These facts demonstrate how intimately our environment and our economic wellbeing are interconnected. In recent years Victorians have made great progress in protecting and repairing our environment.
The Victorian Government has already introduced strategies to improve the sustainability of our rivers and reservoirs, forests and cities. We now need to take the next step, which is to incorporate environmental sustainability principles into all the things we do.
Victoria's Environmental Sustainability Framework helps Victorians understand the task ahead and how they can best contribute. For the first time, it includes a comprehensive set of environmental quality objectives and interim targets against which our progress can be measured.
Victorians should be proud of what we have achieved so far in our efforts to become more sustainable.
It is now up to all members of the Victorian community to help turn the directions of the Environmental Sustainability Framework into action.
These web pages outline how we’re building the sustainable State, why sustainability is so important, and how you can help.
What is sustainability?
Sustainability means managing our development so that we don’t limit the options of future generations.
Sustainability is also about a better understanding of the systems that support what we do – and the need to take a broader view to recognise that our day-to-day activities can simultaneously affect our economy, environment and community.
- doing more with less
- making sure we don’t leave the cupboard bare
- being proud of what we leave behind.
Further information about sustainability in the home, at work and in business can be found on Sustainability Victoria's ResourceSmart website.