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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