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Resiliency versus Sustainability: What’s the difference?

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<p>At the core, given our belief that we design with community in mind, resiliency is critical to many, many of our communities. That's going to become a bigger issue, particularly on the Easter Seaboard of the United States. We will be seeing more disasters like Sandy. I see it as an extension of our core beliefs in sustainability and what we do as a company to deal with the stewardship of the planet and resources. That is now connecting into the human side with communities, and that's a pretty profound place to be.</p> <p>I would define resiliency as the capacity of a system, a community, to be able to absorb and adapt to change. That can be highly detailed or it can be much broader at a systems level. We have to force ourselves to think more about things at a systems level and anticipate how those systems would react. I see sustainability as a stewardship definition where it has to do with how we change behaviors, it has to do with how we protect natural resources. It's sort of a proactive stance, but I think the two are really highly linked. At Stantec, we have a phenomenal opportunity to really have an impact on this agenda. We are a systems design driven company. We have a very deep bench with incredible resources to bear, and so I don't think we have a choice in the matter.&nbsp;</p>

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