Green Sustainability Plans: an introduction to their international sucess


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Huey D. Johnson awards Mike Taugher first ever Truth in Environmental Reporting Award; describes the history of environmentalism from Ancient Rome and China forward; describes proven, decades-long success of Green Plans as solution for environmental management including the causes of climate change.

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  • Green Sustainability Plans: an introduction to their international sucess

    1. 1. What do ancient China and ancient Rome share?
    2. 2. President Theodore Roosevelt with John Muir
    3. 3. A Complex, Interrelated System
    4. 7. California’s Public Land
    5. 8. Know Your Inheritance: Public Lands Day is Everyday
    6. 9. Creating and Implementing GREEN PLANS How [Other] Governments Are Succeeding
    7. 11. California AB 32
    8. 12. California AB 32 <ul><li>Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Scoping Plan Draft released in 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation expected by 2010 </li></ul>
    9. 13. California AB 32
    10. 14. California AB 32 <ul><li>Comprehensive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy, Water, Air, Forestry, Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Integrative and Systemic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local government actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public outreach and education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green jobs and venture capital investment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accountable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public tracking and report card </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review of scoping plan every 5 years </li></ul></ul>
    11. 15. Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) <ul><li>33% of all utilities from renewable energy by 2020 </li></ul><ul><li>As of 2008, only 12% of electricity in California was produced from renewables </li></ul>
    12. 16. Public Health Source: ARB 2008
    13. 17. Renewable Energy Resources
    14. 18. Strategies
    15. 23. Seventh Generation “ We cannot simply think of our survival; each new generation is responsible to ensure the survival of the seventh generation.  The prophecy given to us, tells us that what we do today will affect the seventh generation and because of this we must bear in mind our responsibility to them today and always.” Iroquois Chief
    16. 25. Politics Through the Ages <ul><li>Jack A. Abramoff, former Republican lobbyist found guilty to fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials: sentence 5 years, 10 months </li></ul><ul><li>President George W. Bush, two-term president of the United States… </li></ul>
    17. 27. California’s Water Challenges <ul><li>Climate Change is already affecting California’s water </li></ul><ul><li>Southern arid regions contain the densest populations </li></ul><ul><li>Corruption has stifled state water management for decades </li></ul>
    18. 28. Truth in Environmental Reporting Award <ul><li>Mike Taugher , Natural Resources Reporter </li></ul>
    19. 39. Highlights of the Dutch Example National Environmental Policy Plan (NEPP)
    20. 40. ‘ Comprehensive’ policy requires participating parties to: <ul><li>Map the relationships between economic, socio-cultural, technological, and institutional factors </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust means of reaching long term goals as you go </li></ul>
    21. 41. Geographic Scale for Environmental Management <ul><li>Global </li></ul><ul><li>Continental </li></ul><ul><li>Fluvial </li></ul><ul><li>Regional </li></ul><ul><li>Local </li></ul>
    22. 42. Financial Instruments <ul><li>Fiscal incentives </li></ul><ul><li>Green taxes in lieu of direct labor taxes </li></ul><ul><li>Green public procurement </li></ul><ul><li>Investment policy changes </li></ul>
    23. 43. Sustainability Across Generations The Netherlands’ Success Rests on: <ul><li>Cross boundary approach </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of diverse environmental fields of policy making </li></ul>
    24. 49. Brundtland Commission ( Our Common Future 1987) <ul><li>“… development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” </li></ul>
    25. 50. Time Scale
    26. 51. <ul><li>Green Plans have been successful around the world, in very different climates, with very different governments. </li></ul><ul><li>States and localities in the United States are showing promise. </li></ul><ul><li>But these governments could have greater success with the support of the national government. </li></ul><ul><li>Now is the time for the United States to adopt its own green plan for sustainable development and climate change mitigation. </li></ul>Conclusion
    27. 52. NEPP Principles Eight Tenets of a Single Plan <ul><li>Stand Still Principle (no further decline) </li></ul><ul><li>Abatement at the Source </li></ul><ul><li>Polluter Pays </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention of Unnecessary Pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Best Practices </li></ul><ul><li>No Waste Export </li></ul><ul><li>Two Track Principle (treat source and effects) </li></ul><ul><li>Internalization of People’s Concerns </li></ul>