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Sustainability Research
Reuse, recycling and resource management have been key sustainability concepts and project-focuses. The Triple Bottom Line (TBL), three pillar approach, in sustainable development considers a balance between environmental, social and economic aspects (Elkington, 1994). In sustainability terms, actions that promote this balance, with an understanding of variation to location and time, stress a concept called full cost accounting.  Supplemental to United Nations standards, TBL thinking, within a full cost accounting perspective, integrates aspects of natural and human capital as measurable ends and is not solely economically focused (i.e. as prioritised in most countries' measurement profiles). Advantages to economic growth can fund new technologies, improve quality of life and ration the use of natural resources. Conceptually, sustainability research promotes balance and fosters present and future generations; it strives to add knowledge base by innovation and, when necessary, replicative confirmation of previous research – introspective of the scientific method.

The Pathway Forward
The science behind sustainability research primarily emerged from the severe global events that had and were unfolding approximately a quarter century ago; evidence from the literature exemplifies this by the large amount of concepts and techniques that have been tested and continue to be tested within its interdisciplinary fields. At present the forefront of sustainability research endeavours to adapt qualitative and quantitative sustainability concepts into methods that take into account past, present and future pathways. Our vision of sustainability is to conduct sound, ethical and productive research that compliments these pathways. Thus, fundamentally, we support the ideal of a cleaner, safer society with sustainable higher standards of living that excel in supporting current and future generations. From this standpoint, it is hopeful that any furthering of knowledge within sustainability and relating fields is accessible and shared to achieve maximum innovation and benefit. We focus and deliver on a broad array of sustainability research within industry, government and academia.