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Sustainability Revolution Portrait of a Paradigm Shift

ISBN-10: 0865715319
ISBN-13: 9780865715318
Edition: 2005
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Description: Sustainability has become a buzzword in the last decade, but its full meaning is complex, emerging from a range of different sectors. In practice, it has become the springboard for millions of individuals throughout the world who are forging the  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 6/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Sustainability has become a buzzword in the last decade, but its full meaning is complex, emerging from a range of different sectors. In practice, it has become the springboard for millions of individuals throughout the world who are forging the fastest and most profound social transformation of our time-the sustainability revolution. The Sustainability Revolution paints a picture of this largely unrecognized phenomenon from the point of view of five major sectors of society: Community (government and international institutions) Commerce (business) Resource extraction (forestry, farming, fisheries etc.) Ecological design (architecture, technology) Biosphere (conservation, biodiversity etc.) The book analyzes sustainability as defined by each of these sectors in terms of the principles, declarations and intentions that have emerged from conferences and publications, and which serve as guidelines for policy decisions and future activities. Common themes are then explored, including: An emphasis on stewardship The need for economic restructuring promoting no waste and equitable distribution An understanding and respect for the principles of nature The restoration of life forms An intergenerational perspective on solutions Concluding that these themes in turn represent a new set of values that define this paradigm shift, The Sustainability Revolution describes innovative sustainable projects and policies in Colombia, Brazil, India and the Netherlands and examines future trends. Complete with a useful resources list, this is the first book of its kind and will appeal to business and government policymakers, academics and all interested in sustainability. Andres R. Edwards is an educator, author, media designer and environmental systems consultant who has specialized in sustainability topics for the past 15 years. The founder and president of EduTracks, an exhibit design and fabrication firm specializing in green building and sustainable education programs for parks, towns and companies, he lives in northern California.

David W. Orr is Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and the author of The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention, The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror, Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, and Ecological Literacy.

Andr�s R. Edwards is an educator, author, media designer and sustainability consultant. He is founder and president of EduTracks a firm specializing in developing education programs and consulting services on sustainable practices for green building and business initiatives.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction: Portrait of the Sustainability Revolution
Anatomy of Social Revolutions
Movements and Revolutions
The Five Characteristics of the Sustainability Revolution
A Revolution of Interconnections
The Birth of Sustainability
The Context
Environmentalism: The Precursor to Modern Sustainability
Contemporary Environmentalism: The Roots of Sustainability
The Emergence of Sustainability: Brundtland (1987) and Rio (1992)
The Core of Contemporary Sustainability: The Three Es
The Three Es Plus One: Education
The Methodology: Fundamental Principles
Criteria for Selecting Principles
Principles as Songlines
Sustainability and Community
Interdependence at All Levels
Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy (ORTEE) Model Principles
Principles of Sustainable Development for Minnesota
The Netherlands National Environmental Policy Plan (NEPP)
The Earth Charter
International Council of Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI)
Integrating Sustainability Values at All Community Levels
Sustainability and Commerce
Beyond "Business as Usual"
Adopting Sustainable Strategies
The Precautionary Principle
The Natural Step
The Houston Principles
The CERES Principles
The ICC Charter and ISO 14000
Environmental Assessments and Green Taxes
A New Business Model
Sustainability and Natural Resources
The Contradictions of Resource Extraction
American Petroleum Institute (API) Environmental, Health and Safety Principles
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardship
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing
The Asilomar Declaration for Sustainable Agriculture
Natural Resources at a Crossroads
Sustainability and Ecological Design
Designing with Nature
The Hannover Principles
The Five Principles of Ecological Design
The Todds' Principles of Ecological Design
The Sanborn Principles
US and World Green Building Councils: The LEEDing Edge
An Interdependent Perspective
Sustainability and the Biosphere
Our Role in the Biosphere
Deep Ecology's Basic Principles
Charter of Rights and Responsibilities for the Environment
Biomimicry Principles
Permaculture Principles
A Biocentric Perspective
Future Pathways
Principles: Scopes, Sectors and Types
Seven Common Themes
Hopeful Signs
Our General Predicament
Seeking an Alternative Path
Beyond Green: A New Vision of the Future
Resources
Organizations
Online Publications/Newsletters/List Servers
Additional Principles
Annotated Bibliography
Notes
Index

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