Sustainable development can be envisioned as a unique approach that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The GCLI foundation believes in an approach that encompasses the environmental, social, cultural development and economic dimensions in all projects.

As the built environment has a broad spectrum of impacts on our lives. It contributes to air pollution, land use and contamination, fossil fuel depletion, water depletion, water pollution, materials depletion, impacts on human health, and climate change. Responsible urbanization practices must thus action on micro and macro levels to mitigate the negative effects of the built environment.

GCLI believes that frameworks of sustainability, that are better equipped to solve contemporary issues, drawing from numerous different fields and disciplines.