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Our Challenge

As Stewart Brand said in the introduction to the Whole Earth Catalogs,

"If we are going to act like gods, we might as well get good at it."

And Biomimicry is one key, and in a sense, one of the legacy's of the Whole Earth movement. Like Buckminster Fuller's comprehensive antipatory design science, Biomimicry is (1) the exploration and understanding of nature, i.e., the environment, as the technology and economy of an exquisitely evolved and designed regenerative life support system (living machine) that has been tested and developed over 4.8 billion years of evolution, and then (2) applying those battle-hardened principles to all aspects of human activity--designing, creating, and managing of society, from industrial products, to urban and regional systems, to public policy, business, the economy, etc.

Key Questions

Sustainability 2030's (S2030) research/practice program addresses the following key questions:

1. How can you/we become effective, powerful, even transformational forces for sustainability?

2. What is the program required for ultimate sustainability success--the end game?

3. Who has part of the answer now (current sustainability champions), how far do they take us, and how can we harness the state-of-the-art leading edge sustainability to an innovative research/practice program that gets us to ultimate success in the limited time remaining?  (more)


Advance, accelerate, and amplify an accurate understanding of the sustainability challenge and how to harness the power and potential of sustainability for an effective response before time runs out. The Strategic Sustainability2030 Institute  (S2030I) is a web-based think/do tank (more).

International Society of Sustainability Professionals


April 2013, Chicago, APA National Conference.

May 13-15, 2013, Seattle, Living Future unConference.

PAST (2012):

October 23-26, Portland, EcoDistrict Summit 2012.

July 31-Aug. 4, Portland, Ecosystem Services Conference.

May 2-4, Portland, The Living Future Unconference for deep green professionals.

June 15-18, Brazil, Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

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Our Challenge

as Buckminster Fuller observed, is

"to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone."

This goal is the essence of sustainable development! The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) provides access to Bucky's legacy, including his comprehensive anticipatory design science revolution. Check out their website, their programs, and engage.

Problem & Way Out


Caption: "Sadly, the only proven way to achieve global GHG reductions so far has been economic recession." Comment: Fortunately, shifting to 100% renewables would catalyze the global transition to durable prosperity and community well-being in a way that would eliminate GHG production AND grow the economy <<continued>>. (See also: strategic sustainabilitynatural capitalismits four strategies, and RMI's Reinventing Fire [energy] Program.) 

APA Links

Green Urbanism - Formulating a series of holistic principles

Green Growth - Recent Developments (OECD)

Foundation Earth - Rethinking Society from the Ground Up

Reinventing Fire - A key transformational initiative of RMI worth knowing/watching.

A Quick-Start Guide to Strategic Sustainability Planning

NEW Report: Embedding sustainability into government culture.

New STARS LEED-like sustainable transportation tool for plans, projects, cities, corridors, regions.

Strategic Community Sustainability Planning workshop resources.

Leveraging Leading-Edge Sustainability report.

Winning or losing the future is our choice NOW!

How Possible is Sustainable Development, by Edward Jepson, PhD.

Legacy sustainability articles -- the Naphtali Knox collection.


TNS Transition to Global Sustainability Network

EcoDistricts -- NextGen Urban Sustainability

Darin Dinsmore: Community & Regional Sustainability Strategies and Planning

Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design

APA-SCP (Sustainable Community Planning) Interest Group

Sustainability Learning Center

New path breaking Solutions Journal

Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

Strategic Sustainability -- distance learning at BHT

Q4 Consulting - Mindfulness, Sustainability, and Leadership

RealClimate--Climate Science by Real Scientists

World Cafe--Designed Conversation for Group Intelligence

Real Change--Research Program for Global Sustainability Decision Making

RMI Conference, SF, 10-1/3-2009

Real Time Carbon Counter

Global Climate Change - Implications for US

Agenda for a Sustainable America 2009

ALIA Institute Sustainability Leadership

Frontiers in Ecological Economics

Herman Daly -- Failed Growth to Sustainable Steady State?

EOF - Macroeconomics and Ecological Sustainability

Gil Friend - Truth About Green Business

Sustainable Transpo SF

Google Earth-Day KMLs

AIA Sustainability 2030 Toolkit

Donella Meadows - Which Future?

Urban Mobility System wins Bucky Challenge 2009

Renewable Economy Cheaper than Systems Collapse

Population Growth-Earth Forum

Breakthrough Ideas-Bucky Challenge

Urban & Regional Planning-Cities at a Turning Point

John P. Holdren-Meeting the Climate Change Challenge

Stephen Cohen's Weekly Column in the New York Observer


Scott T. Edmondson, AICP

Principal / Founder

Strategic Sustainability Advisor/Planner-Economist 

Through indepedent research and writing initiatives and advising assignments, Scott enjoys exploring and forging understanding that empowers people, organizations, and communities to harness the transformational power, potential, and promise of sustainability to generate durable, ecologically regenerative economic prosperity, security, and well-being. Scott has an MAAUP degree from UCLA with a concentration in urban, regional, and international development and a BA from UCB in development studies with a concentration in economics. He also completed one year in a MS program in public policy analysis (U. of Rochester), 1.5 years in UCLA's Planning Ph.D. program, and took two classes in SFSU's MBA program. He has expertise in economics, public policy research and analysis, strategic decision process and analysis; and 26+ years of practice in environmental review (EIP-12 yrs; independent 5 yrs), facilities planning (Kaiser, 3 yrs), and long range planning (City/County of SF 6+ yrs).

His long-standing interest in sustainability includes work with the OECD on sustainable urban economic development (1983-84), advising the SF Sustainability Plan(1996) and co-leading its economic development group, being a participant and Sustainability Indicators Work Group Member of the BAASC and its Compact for a Sustainable Bay Area Initiative (1998-1999), being SF Planning Department Liaison for the Regional Livability Footprint/Smart Growth Strategy(2002/3), drafting a new preliminary draft General Plan Land Use Element to amplify place making and sustainability, adding sustainability to a labor-management partnership (SF-UCP, 2005), and writing and presentations.

Over the past few years, he deepened his expertise in strategic sustainability through training in The Natural Step (BTHTNS-USAICSP,), developing a strategy and action plan with TNS-USA to support APA’s sustainability planning with a strategic approach; and founding and co-directing a Sustainability Committeeand learning-practice network for the APA California Northern section. He earned a certificate in Sustainability and Climate Change from Sonoma State University in 2011.

Scott is also a member of the APA Sustainable Places Initiative’s Corresponding Committee. The Committee's mission is to broaden the Initiative over time. It reviewed and commented on the draft first report on the role of comprehensive planning in sustaining places (see PAS Report 567). He is also a member of the newly formed APA Sustainable Communities Division (also blog site), where he co-led an informal research projectand preparation of a facilitated discussion session for the APA Annual Conference in Chicago (2013) on Mobilizing Sustainability Planning that focused on the role of APA's State Chapters and the new Division in advancing sustainability planning.

Scott presently works in the Information & Analysis Group of the San Francisco Planning Department's Citywide long range planning division. Time permitting, he supports a variety of sustainability related initiatives, such as climate change and adaptation, biophilic city planning, and other formative leading-edge sustainability planning initiatives. Scott also pursues his professional strategic sustainability research and writing through the development of the (Strategic)Sustainability 2030 (Institute), a think-do tank and personal-professional initiative to Catalyzing success with strategic understanding and initiatives before time runs out.