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Sustainability Revolution : Portrait of a Paradigm Shift

Portrait of a Paradigm Shift

By: Andres R. Edwards, David W. Orr (Foreword by)

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Published: 1st June 2005
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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.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Introduction: Portrait of the Sustainability Revolutionp. 1
Anatomy of Social Revolutionsp. 3
Movements and Revolutionsp. 5
The Five Characteristics of the Sustainability Revolutionp. 6
A Revolution of Interconnectionsp. 9
The Birth of Sustainabilityp. 11
The Contextp. 11
Environmentalism: The Precursor to Modern Sustainabilityp. 12
Contemporary Environmentalism: The Roots of Sustainabilityp. 15
The Emergence of Sustainability: Brundtland (1987) and Rio (1992)p. 16
The Core of Contemporary Sustainability: The Three Esp. 20
The Three Es Plus One: Educationp. 23
The Methodology: Fundamental Principlesp. 23
Criteria for Selecting Principlesp. 25
Principles as Songlinesp. 26
Sustainability and Communityp. 29
Interdependence at All Levelsp. 29
Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy (ORTEE) Model Principlesp. 31
Principles of Sustainable Development for Minnesotap. 33
The Netherlands National Environmental Policy Plan (NEPP)p. 37
The Earth Charterp. 41
International Council of Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI)p. 46
Integrating Sustainability Values at All Community Levelsp. 47
Sustainability and Commercep. 49
Beyond "Business as Usual"p. 49
Adopting Sustainable Strategiesp. 51
The Precautionary Principlep. 55
The Natural Stepp. 58
The Houston Principlesp. 64
The CERES Principlesp. 67
The ICC Charter and ISO 14000p. 72
Environmental Assessments and Green Taxesp. 72
A New Business Modelp. 74
Sustainability and Natural Resourcesp. 75
The Contradictions of Resource Extractionp. 75
American Petroleum Institute (API) Environmental, Health and Safety Principlesp. 77
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardshipp. 81
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishingp. 84
The Asilomar Declaration for Sustainable Agriculturep. 89
Natural Resources at a Crossroadsp. 96
Sustainability and Ecological Designp. 97
Designing with Naturep. 97
The Hannover Principlesp. 99
The Five Principles of Ecological Designp. 102
The Todds' Principles of Ecological Designp. 104
The Sanborn Principlesp. 106
US and World Green Building Councils: The LEEDing Edgep. 109
An Interdependent Perspectivep. 111
Sustainability and the Biospherep. 113
Our Role in the Biospherep. 113
Deep Ecology's Basic Principlesp. 114
Charter of Rights and Responsibilities for the Environmentp. 116
Biomimicry Principlesp. 118
Permaculture Principlesp. 120
A Biocentric Perspectivep. 122
Future Pathwaysp. 123
Principles: Scopes, Sectors and Typesp. 123
Seven Common Themesp. 128
Hopeful Signsp. 130
Our General Predicamentp. 132
Seeking an Alternative Pathp. 134
Beyond Green: A New Vision of the Futurep. 137
Resourcesp. 141
Organizationsp. 141
Online Publications/Newsletters/List Serversp. 164
Additional Principlesp. 167
Annotated Bibliographyp. 169
Notesp. 183
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780865715318
ISBN-10: 0865715319
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: June 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34