Sustaining Capabilities is a blog covering the intersection of energy and global development, managed by Ryan McGuine.

Sustainability, defined by the 1987 Brundtland Commission as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” refers to the ultimate goal of the way we produce and consume energy.

Capability refers to the “capability approach” established by Amartya Sen — that considering the number of alternative combinations of states and activities that one could feasibly achieve provides a richer understanding of one’s well-being than personal income alone.

Contributing Author:

Ryan McGuine – Ryan works as an engineer at a natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant, and is deeply interested in pathways for low-carbon industrial upgrading and structural change. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Development Economics.