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In terms of green engineering design and manufacturing sustainability we consider the following:
1. An eco-friendly state, or process that can be maintained over time, for a very long time.
2. The ability of an ecosystem to maintain ecological advanced design and manufacturing processes and functions, biological diversity, and productivity over time.
3. Green sustainability encompasses the concept of meeting present design and manufacturing needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In other words, the characteristic of green, sustainable advanced manufacturing is being able to coexist with another system indefinitely, without either system being damaged.
4. Balance is what we should all aim at at all levels... because it is good for life, and even pays off. If we keep balance at all levels, meaning from the Earth's perspective down to the smallest process steps in a factory, like the way we recycle used batteries to avoid toxifying the soil that can then grow new wealth, then we are on the right track....
The sustainable green advanced design and manufacturing concept also emphasizes that the creation of wealth within the community considers the well-being of both the human as well as natural environments, and is focused on the more complex processes of development rather than on simple growth or accumulation only. This is because real value added growth happens when many aspects of human desire, drive and behavior, cultural / societal integrity, knowledge, science, as well as the necessary finances are all in place for a common goal... (note: NOT just the finances...)