There are many definitions of sustainable development. The province of Utrecht uses the broad definition. Sustainability for us means to be able to continue a good quality of life for all residents of our province, with maintaining a balance between people, planet and profit.
Sustainable development socially manageable
The State of Utrecht, made by Telos, uses the same principle. Telos is a university-level knowledge centre that works to make sustainable development socially manageable. Telos emphasises the design, the structure and the monitoring of sustainable development processes and cooperates closely with social partners. The sustainability assessment for the province of Utrecht has been tailored by Telos in the State of Utrecht.
The State of Utrecht is a proverbial photograph, meant to visualise the state of ecology, economy and welfare in the province of Utrecht. This important document allows us to monitor progress in each of these categories, thus providing a measure of the province's appeal and a means by which to preserve it. The document charts quality and sustainability and describes developments as they take place over several years within the region. Gold, green, yellow and red-coloured charts highlight the province's strong points and the areas in which attention is required.
The State of Utrecht is compiled every other year. The editions compiled over the past years confirm that the province is an exceptionally good region to live, work and recreate in. All is well from a social perspective, and continued investment remains essential in this respect.