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Archive for September, 2009

Time to Move to a Green City? (http://ping.fm/531ZR)

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Solar installer rents rooftops to make megawatts (http://ping.fm/QIRgY)

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Gov’t Fossil Fuel Subsidies More Than Twice Those to Clean Energy (http://ping.fm/XYavJ)

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Solar energy facts (http://ping.fm/5Ud5v)

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I Would Invest All My Money On Solar Energy-Thomas Alva Edison (http://ping.fm/iFPXA)

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Do not wait for leader; do it alone, person to person. – Mother Teresa

In this chapter Edwards explores the development of community based initiatives to define and solve the issues surrounding humanity’s unsustainable path.

He says  the integration of sustainability and communities requires a systems perspective on numerous levels: local, regional, and national. These different perspectives are all related and interdependent.

The Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy (ORTEE) attempted to provide a framework for communities for synthesizing sustainable development goals. You can find their principles here: http://bit.ly/2pNHQs

“ORTEE principles created a basis for local communities to achieve consensus on sustainability values, the Principles of Sustainable Development for Minnesota attempted to find common ground on these values at a regional level.” These principles were put together by 30 community leaders appointed by the governor of Minnesota. Recommendations were based on recognition that the people of Minnesota don’t want to choose between good jobs, vital communities, and a healthy environment – they wanted all 3.  The principles the came up with are:

  1. Global interdependence
  2. Stewardship
  3. Conservation
  4. Indicators
  5. Shared Responsibility

You can find more information here: http://bit.ly/4pUv9L

Sustainable Seattle was the first to develop indicators to determine how sustainable a community is. These ranged from air and water quality to affordable housing and unemployment.

The Netherlands National Environmental Policy Plan integrated lifecycle management aims to reduce waste by making manufacturers responsible for the full lifecycle of their products. http://bit.ly/4hx2Ad

The Earth Charter covered a wide range but failed to offer practical implementation strategies. It was still important because they tried to achieve global consensus. Their preamble says we have a common destiny and must “declare responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.” Communities are being underminded by current patterns of consumption. They argue there needs to be a shift to sustainability, but fall short of offering solutions towards that goal. http://www.earthcharterinaction.org

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Catastrophic climate change, 13-18 °F over most of U.S. and 27 °F in the Arctic, could happen within 50 years, but we do have time to stop it if we cut greenhouse gas emissions soon (http://ping.fm/WUQDl)

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