How does The Natural Step relate to other tools and concepts?
Note: This explanation is for those that have a deeper understanding of the Framework. If you need a refresher, visit Our Approach. A core component of The Natural Step Framework is a five level mental model that categorizes various tools and concepts. The levels are 1) the system, 2) success, 3) strategies, 4) actions and 5) tools. Click here for more on the 5 levels. This allows for us to separate a principle for success (ie. The Natural Step sustainability principles – level 2) from a tool (ie. LEED certification – level 5). These tools and concepts can and should be used together to fill each other’s gaps, but the user must be very clear about what need they are fulfilling. The 5 Level Framework is a great way for you to structure your thinking and help you choose the most appropriate concepts and tools for your sustainability journey. One of the clarifications that this model makes is to show that concepts sitting at different levels are not in competition with each other. For exa