The consumption of a resource faster than it can be replenished. Commonly referenced issues include freshwater depletion, crude oil depletion, loss of fertile topsoil and depletion of formerly abundant fisheries. Resource depletion leads to associated shortages, health and environmental damages, and increased monetary costs. See also Primary Energy.
What Can I Do On My Project?
• Maximize the use of reclaimed or salvaged materials and products.
Explore local and regional sources of salvaged building materials.
• Prioritize materials with high recycled content when making product selections.
• When selecting wood products, look for certifications which indicate responsible forestry practices.