With an integrated approach to the economy, the natural environment, and the social community, the Center's mission is to achieve the best possible quality of life for those living and working on Cape Cod - both now and in the future. The Center's primary goal is to foster actions which will put Cape Cod on a path toward long-term sustainability.
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is continued economic and social development which does not cause damage to the environment and natural resources. It is the resolution of the conflict between the sustenance of human life and the integrity of nature. Living beyond our ecological means will lead to the destruction of our only home, the Earth. At every level - global, national and local - sustainability projects are now required to prevent the deterioration of our socio-economic structures and our natural resources. Each of us bears this responsibility, and sustainability programs are now being implemented and supported in other communities as far away as Australia and as nearby as Martha's Vineyard.
About the Center
The Center began in 1991 to promote the sustainability of Cape Cod. It is a non-profit 501c3 organization which seeks to demonstrate that a sound economy, a healthy natural environment, and social justice for all are not in conflict but are all essential to the future well-being of Cape Cod. The attainment of a sustainable future must be based on understanding and dealing with the interrelationships of these three sectors.
The Center's staff and volunteers take note of both past and present conditions of the Cape's resources and socio-economic environments to assess how Cape Codders can go forward with the best possible stewardship of this beautiful area. Since its formation, the Center also has offered a broad range of programs to encourage Cape Codders to think in a future-oriented mode and realize that today's actions are the basis for results downstream.