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Introduction to Sustainability Principles In preparation for the  EALP Leadership Class Trip to  Greensburg, Kansas Presented by Sustainability Team Members Laura Brown, Jason Kauffield, Mary Kluz, Catherine Neiswender  June 2, 2010
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Only a crisis—actual or perceived—produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on  the ideas that are lying around . That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until  the  politically  impossible becomes  politically  inevitable .  Milton Friedman
Why are we talking about sustainability?
 
 
Sustainability Basics ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
World Population, 10,000 BC to Present
 
Societal Pressure on Earth Systems Source:  International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, 2004
Societal Pressure on Earth Systems Source:  International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, 2004
Sustainability Basics ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],Categories of Ecosystem Services Source:  Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.  2005. Washington, DC: Island Press.   ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
How much is 2 trillion barrels of oil anyway? How many trillion barrels of water  are there in the Great Lakes system? Source: Midwest Permaculture and the Energy Information Center http:// www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/international/reserves.html
We will replace oil with other forms of energy…!!! Source: The Oil Drum .com
Industrial  Ascent (Modernism) Energy & Resource Use Population Pollution  Climax Techno-Fantasy Green-Tech Stability Earth stewardship Mad Max Great Grand Children Agriculture 10.000yrs BP Industrial  Revolution Baby Boom Pre-industrial sustainable culture Historical Time Future Time Creative Descent Where are we going?
 
Sustainability Basics ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
“ Sustainable development is  development that meets the  needs of the present without  compromising the ability of  future generations to  meet their own needs.” Intergenerational equity Source: World Commission on Environment and Development.  Our Common Future. The Brundtland Report. O xford University Press, 1987, p. 43.  Defining Sustainable Development
“ It contains two key concepts: the  concept of “needs,” in particular the  essential needs of the world’s poor,  to which overriding priority should be  given; and the idea of limitations  imposed by the state of technology  and social organization on the  environment’s ability to meet  present and future needs.”  Intragenerational equity Environmental limits Defining Sustainable Development Source: World Commission on Environment and Development.  Our Common Future. The Brundtland Report. O xford University Press, 1987, p. 43.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Transcendence Self Actualization Aesthetic  Needs Need to Know and Understand Esteem Needs Belonging and Love Needs Safety Needs Physiological Needs
Community Development ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Community Emphasis ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Sustainable Community Development Sustainability Revolution and Paradigm Change Early 1970s and still evolving ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Evolving Views of the Community Unconnected or silos view Interconnected or linkages view Interdependent, nested, or systems view Environment Economy  Society Environment Economy  Society Environment Society Economy
How are sustainability questions being approached and responded to at the community level?
Wisconsin Eco-municipalities ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Transition Model ,[object Object],Rob Hopkins.  The Transition Handbook , 2008.
Transition Town Initiatives ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
The Natural Step Framework ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],Source material from TNS Canada
Resource Funnel Resource Availability and Ecosystem Ability to Provide Vital Services Raw materials, ecosystem services, declining integrity and capacity of natural systems Sustainability Margin for Action Societal Demand for Resources Growth in population, resource requirements as affluence increases, increased demands as technology spreads Source:   Nattrass, Brian, and Altomare, Mary.  The Natural Step for Business.  New Society Publishers, 1999.
Four Sustainability Principles ...concentrations of substances extracted from the Earth’s crust, ...concentrations of substances produced by society, ...degradation by physical means, ...people are not subject to conditions that systematically undermine their capacity to meet their needs. In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to  systematically increasing ... and, in that society...
Three Rules for  Decision-Making ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],Source:  Daly, Herman.  Ecological Economics.   Island Press, 2004.
Other Approaches and Access Points ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Sarah James and Torbjorn Lahti. The Natural Step New Society Publishers 2004
A Growing Movement ,[object Object]
Thank you! ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]

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Introduction to sustainability principles 101 june 2 2010

  • 1. Introduction to Sustainability Principles In preparation for the EALP Leadership Class Trip to Greensburg, Kansas Presented by Sustainability Team Members Laura Brown, Jason Kauffield, Mary Kluz, Catherine Neiswender June 2, 2010
  • 2.
  • 3. Only a crisis—actual or perceived—produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around . That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable . Milton Friedman
  • 4. Why are we talking about sustainability?
  • 5.  
  • 6.  
  • 7.
  • 8. World Population, 10,000 BC to Present
  • 9.  
  • 10. Societal Pressure on Earth Systems Source: International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, 2004
  • 11. Societal Pressure on Earth Systems Source: International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, 2004
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  • 14. How much is 2 trillion barrels of oil anyway? How many trillion barrels of water are there in the Great Lakes system? Source: Midwest Permaculture and the Energy Information Center http:// www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/international/reserves.html
  • 15. We will replace oil with other forms of energy…!!! Source: The Oil Drum .com
  • 16. Industrial Ascent (Modernism) Energy & Resource Use Population Pollution Climax Techno-Fantasy Green-Tech Stability Earth stewardship Mad Max Great Grand Children Agriculture 10.000yrs BP Industrial Revolution Baby Boom Pre-industrial sustainable culture Historical Time Future Time Creative Descent Where are we going?
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  • 19. “ Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Intergenerational equity Source: World Commission on Environment and Development. Our Common Future. The Brundtland Report. O xford University Press, 1987, p. 43. Defining Sustainable Development
  • 20. “ It contains two key concepts: the concept of “needs,” in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.” Intragenerational equity Environmental limits Defining Sustainable Development Source: World Commission on Environment and Development. Our Common Future. The Brundtland Report. O xford University Press, 1987, p. 43.
  • 21. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Transcendence Self Actualization Aesthetic Needs Need to Know and Understand Esteem Needs Belonging and Love Needs Safety Needs Physiological Needs
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  • 25. Evolving Views of the Community Unconnected or silos view Interconnected or linkages view Interdependent, nested, or systems view Environment Economy Society Environment Economy Society Environment Society Economy
  • 26. How are sustainability questions being approached and responded to at the community level?
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  • 31. Resource Funnel Resource Availability and Ecosystem Ability to Provide Vital Services Raw materials, ecosystem services, declining integrity and capacity of natural systems Sustainability Margin for Action Societal Demand for Resources Growth in population, resource requirements as affluence increases, increased demands as technology spreads Source: Nattrass, Brian, and Altomare, Mary. The Natural Step for Business. New Society Publishers, 1999.
  • 32. Four Sustainability Principles ...concentrations of substances extracted from the Earth’s crust, ...concentrations of substances produced by society, ...degradation by physical means, ...people are not subject to conditions that systematically undermine their capacity to meet their needs. In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing ... and, in that society...
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