An Historic Journey of the Word Sustainability

Languages and words evolve over time. For those in the restoration and remediation industry, along with cleaning professionals, carpet cleaners, and building managers, there is one word whose meaning seems to have changed three or four times . . . in just the past 25 years!  That word is sustainability.

Restoration and remediation professionals need to understand what sustainability means today because it is likely to have a very big impact on their businesses going forward. Some of these impacts are quite favorable: a business that has sustainability initiatives in place tends to operate more efficiently, and efficiency tends to find its way to the bank in the form of cost savings.

But before we go any further, let’s take a look back at what sustainability has meant over the years. You will see, historically there are similarities. But today, the word is definitely marching on an entirely new path.

Learn more by reading my article in the July 2018 issue of Restoration & Remediation.