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A sustainable world begins with us. In an ecological frame, sustainability can be defined as the ability of an ecosystem to maintain environmental biodiversity and productivity into the future.

Evidence is clear that humanity is living unsustainably by consuming natural resources faster than they can be replenished. An unprecedented collective conservation effort is needed to return human use of natural resources to within sustainable limits.

For VCS, sustainability means being as self reliant and self aware about what we do in everyday life as possible.   

Recycling & Waste Reduction

Part of VCS’s broad definition of conservation involves promoting Island-wide coordination of

solid waste disposal and enhanced recycling capabilities in all Island towns.

Local Food Production

Local farms define our rural character and maintain a link with the past and a promise of a more sustainable future. VCS has worked for decades to conserve our prime agricultural soils and rejuvenate local farming using Agricultural Preservation Restrictions (APRs) and other tools.

Energy Conservation

Curtailing the worst impacts of global climate change will require deployment of an arsenal of renewable energy technologies. But if we are to succeed, we must also address the demand side of the energy use equation through conservation and efficiency.