20-Year Statement of Sustainability*
By 2035, North Coast Co-op will have nurtured an organizational culture that is grounded in environmental and social responsibility, one in which every member-owner, employee, vendor and stakeholder provides education and leadership toward a collective commitment to regenerate and strengthen ecological and social, local and global relationships in our daily activities.
Our vision is to conduct our activities in a way that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, nor shifting the burden onto others. We recognize that ecology, human communities and economy are interwoven into a seamless net of causes and effects. Therefore we embrace the challenge to move our operations, investments and economic development towards environmentally and socially responsible activities.
*U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines sustainability as: “Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony that permits fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.”