The graphic at the top is inspired by the DNA molecule, with the most important elements in the living cell structure forming a double spiral pattern. Human life is dependant on regenerative patterns of this type. When discussing essential elements to sustain our communities, nature and family form an interlocking support structure.
The Human Life Project® defines sustainable patterns as enduring over time, integrating with nature, allowing for growth, ensuring continuation of life, strengthening relationships, sharing life experiences, embracing children, improving the human condition, encouraging coresponsibility, and enlivening social interaction.
The term "sustainable" is widely used within the context of the natural and built environment. Many cities are promoting renewable energy, recycling, green building design, pedestrian-friendly urban spaces, public transit, and local food. While these initiatives currently define "sustainable communities" or "green communities", an opportunity exists to include the social and cultural dimension.
A new term is introduced by the Human Life Project® called human sustainability. Cities endure over time by designing for the youngest to oldest resident, acknowledging the interdependency between families, businesses, and natural resources.