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What Is Sustainability

For IHS, sustainability means:

  • The long-term management of our facilities and operations in a manner that reduces our impact on the environment.
  • A safe and healthy environment for IHS staff, visitors, and patients.
  • Partnering with Tribes to develop sustainable communities.
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The concept of sustainability emerged with the significant concerns regarding the environmental consequences of rapid population and economic growth. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, fulfilling social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important to making sure we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.

The implementation of sustainable practices at IHS is shaped by the following federal laws and regulations:

IHS and HHS policy and plans incorporate the above recommendations. Below are links to important IHS and HHS documents: