Sustainability by yurtgc548

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									Sustainability:
   What is it?
“Brundtland Commission,” formally the UN
 World Commission on Environment and
      Development (WCED), 1983
   sustainable development defined as
    development that "meets the needs of
    the present without compromising the
    ability of future generations to meet
    their own needs.“
   Implicitly argues for the rights of future
    generations to raw materials and vital
    ecosystem services to be taken into
    account in decision making.
       Is there a problem?




(With our current systems, in 7 generations, will our
children’s children… inherit an equal or better planet
and place to live as we have today?)
    Common Systems to Explain
         Sustainability

   Cradle to Cradle
   Triple Bottom Line
   Natural Step Framework
   LEED
   Food Miles
                   Cradle to Cradle:
 Remaking the Way We Make Things
                                    Authors argue that the
                                     conflict between industry
                                     and the environment is not
                                     an indictment of
                                     commerce but an
                                     outgrowth of purely
                                     opportunistic design. The
                                     design of products and
                                     manufacturing systems
                                     growing out of the
                                     Industrial Revolution
                                     reflected the spirit of the
By William McDonough & Michael       day-and yielded a host of
Braungart                            unintended yet tragic
North Point Press, 2002              consequences.
        Cradle to Cradle (cont.)
   Today, with our growing knowledge of the
    living earth, design can reflect a new
    spirit. In fact, when designers employ the
    intelligence of natural systems—the
    effectiveness of nutrient cycling, the
    abundance of the sun's energy—they can
    create products, industrial systems,
    buildings, even regional plans that allow
    nature and commerce to fruitfully co-exist.
   “Regenerative”
   Waste = Food
            Triple Bottom Line
                                  People
                                   • pertains to fair and
                                     beneficial business
                                     practices toward labor, the
                                     community, and region in
                                     which a corporation
                                     conducts its business
                                  Planet
                                   • refers to sustainable
                                     environmental practices
                                  Profit
                                   • economic value created by
a method of evaluating               the organization after
corporate performance by             deducting the cost of all
measuring profits as well as         inputs, including the cost of
environmental sustainability         the capital tied up
and social responsibility
Background on Triple Bottom Line
                   The phrase was coined
                    by John Elkington in
                    1994.
                   It was later expanded
                    and articulated in his
                    1998 book Cannibals
                    with Forks: the Triple
                    Bottom Line of 21st
                    Century Business
Natural Step Framework
           A Systems Approach -
            derived from the laws of
            thermodynamics
           A comprehensive model for
            planning in complex systems
           System conditions are
            significant in that they are
            scientifically-based, but
            readily understandable,
            principles for sustainability
           It is openly published and
            free for all to use
History of Natural Step Framework
   Started in 1989 by Karl-Henrik Robèrt,
    (born 1947) - M.D., Ph.D., is one of
    Sweden's leading cancer scientists
   Cancer research (damaged cells) led to
    environmental concerns
   Since the late 19th Century, humans have
    been "disrupting the cyclical processes of
    nature at an accelerating pace
   Linear processes of modern society – “all
    linear processes must eventually come to
    an end," -to save ourselves, would be to
    restore the cyclical processes of nature
Natural Step Framework
           Eco-Municipalities
           Key to success is a
            democratic "bottom-
            up" change process,
            and
           Clear guiding
            sustainability principles
            such as the Natural
            Step framework
LEED = Leadership in Energy &
   Environmental Design
���� Sustainable Sites (14)       ����   Certified 26-
                                32
���� Water Efficiency (5)
                                ����   Silver 33-38
���� Energy & Atmosphere (17)     ����   Gold 39-51
���� Materials & Resources (13)   ����   Platinum 52-
���� Environmental Quality (15)   69
���� Innovation in Design (5)
TOTAL (69)
  • US Green Building Council
    (USGBC)
           Examples: Industry
   Nike
    • world's leading manufacturer of athletic shoes,
      apparel and equipment
   Electrolux
    • world's largest manufacturer of
      household/commercial appliances – US brands
      include Frigidaire, Eureka, and Kenmore
   IKEA
    • Swedish home furnishings retailer
   Interface
    • world's largest producer of commercial floor
      coverings
  Example: Communities
  City of Burnsville
                       14 Best Practice
                         Areas (BPA)
  Burnsville
Sustainability Guide Plan
 Example: Community Planning
       City of Burnsville
       Best Practice Areas (BPAs)
1.   Environ. Preferable   8.    Sustain. Buildings
     Purchasing            9.    Community Health
2.   Product Stewardship   10.   Recycling and Wast
3.   Greenhouse Gas              Mgmt
     Reduction             11.   Health Urban Forests
4.   Sustain. Land Use     12.   Sustain. Education
5.   Sustain.              13.   Surface/Ground
     Transportation              Water
6.   Renewable Energy      14.   Innovative
7.   Energy Efficiency           Opportunities
GHGs / Energy Use
Who Should/Will Tackle The
       Challenge
             Grassroots
              Rotary - Cross
               Section of our
               Community
              We are the
               Community,
               Leaders
              Business,

               Government, etc.

								
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