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Expanded the entry to include relevant examples and a deeper explanation of the topic. This included expanding on the converse subject - macro-sustainability which currently has no entry.

Further expansion on the topic including further definitions and links to forms of micro-sustainability would be helpful. Greenopedia (talk) 17:43, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

Added information and link to Carbon Manna Unlimiteds Micro Sustainability Prizes--Greenopedia (talk) 20:51, 8 February 2010 (UTC)Greenopedia

Added a link to Micro-economics wiki page and a External link to a podcast on micro-sustainabilityUrbanRePlanner (talk) 19:00, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

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the reference provided doesnt use this term. the external link is not directly related. I wonder if this is a neologism not in enough use to justify an article. in any case, sourcing is utterly inadequate to justify the extensive article.(mercurywoodrose) (talk) 17:24, 10 March 2011 (UTC)

I tend to agree that the topic is not well-covered. And I'm unclear about whether the term is prevalent enough to warrant an article. There is an aspect that might be very important, which is where micro-sustainability is useful, or whether in most cases it's useful at all, even though society now tends to assume it always is. Let me explain:
Every act of conservation has some value, call it X. It's determined, say in the case of aluminum cans, often by how much power is saved recycling. The aluminum companies seem to have decided it's worth their while to recycle. So all is right with recycling aluminum cans? Not necessarily, because there are hidden costs, in particular vis-a-vis this article the micro-sustainability cost. What's that cost? It may be prohibitive. Let me give a concrete, real-world example. My neighbor is a modestly successful professional in a high income neighborhood. He's taken it upon himself to sort through the dumpster on a regular basis, pulling out the aluminum cans. So let's calculate the personal cost: He must travel some distance to the dumpster, sort through it, move the aluminum cans to the recycling container, then move back to his place. Time? Perhaps 5 minute a trip. Now it's likely my neighbor earns $20/hr, so the personal cost (and in a larger sense the cost to society) is 12th of that per trip, or $1.66. So the personal cost to recycle a few dozen cans is higher than the entire cost of the cans, recycled or not. In this case, and in many others, it seems that personal recycling is exactly the wrong thing to do for the environment. Recycle a car? That's probably worth the time and effort. Recycle aluminum cans? For anyone earning a living wage, it's probably counterproductive.
So I feel the pros and cons could use discussion, and an appropriate place might be an article such as this. Leptus Froggi (talk) 22:10, 28 July 2012 (UTC)
 The terms micro and macro sustainability are not widely used, instead when discussing these ideas most literature simply describes a micro or macro aspects of sustainability [1]. Sustainability is a difficult topic to define since it incorporates the environment, our social structure, and our economy[2]. The idea is to achieve a balance where we are not depleting our environment while still being comfortable and having equity. Micro sustainability encompasses the sustainable decisions we make in our homes, businesses, and environment. In contrast, macro sustainability involves the sustainable practices in large corporations or governments. These designations stem from micro and macro economics [3]. In the article on micro sustainability, I would like to explore the environmentally sustainable options that are available in the home or office and discuss how they can still be comfortable and equitable. For example, some micro sustainable practices are the use of alternative energy, local food choices, and water conservation technology[4]. I would like to explore these options and support my claims with applicable costs and statistics to show that these practices are not only sustainable, but can be comfortably afforded for middle class citizens. I would also like to write a brief section on the significance of urban planning in micro sustainability to show how proximity to basic needs can reduce energy consumption and promote a healthier lifestyle for the individual and the environment[5].

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