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" Transforming Our World: The 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development, "
which provides a shared blueprint
for peace and prosperity for people
and the planet, now and into the
future. At its heart are 17 Sustainable
Development Goals, which are an
urgent call to action by the 193
signatory countries-developed and
developing-in a global partnership.
Goals 1 and 2 address poverty
Water, necessary for human life, should be
stored in a sustainable manner, protecting
both surface and groundwater resources.
Geosynthetics, including the geomembrane
used to line this pond, further such goals.
Photo: Boyd Ramsey
and starvation: A hungry person is
interested in obtaining food and not
likely to worry about the long-term
impacts to the environment. This
extends into goals 3 and 4: good health
and well-being, and quality education.
Geosynthetics apply particularly to goal
3, and they significantly contribute to
other goals like clean water, affordable
energy and more efficient infrastructure
(goals 7 and 9, respectively), and
sustainable cities and communities,
and responsible consumption and
production (goals 11 and 12).
The International Geosynthetics
Society (IGS) website contains a
dedicated page to this topic (International
Geosynthetics Society 2021).
The website also includes a series of
" Did You Know " pamphlets, each
highlighting a contribution of geosynthetics
toward the UN's 17 Sustainable
Development Goals. Further, the IGS
has adopted the " IGS Sustainability
Statement, " which provides goals,
guidelines and targets for the organization
in improving sustainability.
But while geosynthetic materials
themselves make real and significant
contributions to sustainability,
that is not enough. At a minimum,
each company should establish a
sustainability policy with measurable
goals and a public commitment to
contribute to and support this effort.
Several resources are available for
this, including the International
Organization for Standardization
(2015), which states that an
environmental management system
(EMS) is " a system and database
which integrates procedures and
processes for training of personnel,
monitoring, summarizing, and
reporting of specialized environmental
performance information to internal
and external stakeholders of a firm. "
Our industries' actions should
FIGURE 1 (top and bottom [L to R]) The current human economy is linear and unsustainable,
a recycling economy is progress, and a circular economy is our target for sustainable
behaviors. Illustration: Niamh Pearce
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demonstrate our commitment to
sustainable behaviors. This includes,
but is not limited to, requirements
of sustainable behavior of vendors,
sustainable management of the
packaging and transportation
associated with the geosynthetics
themselves, proper use of the
geosynthetic materials, take-backs of
unused or end-of-service-life materials,
the use of recycled feed streams in the
creation of geosynthetic materials,
responsible and minimal use of water
resources, electrical power used in

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