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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).



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


STARS Sustainable Transportation Planning -- An Interactive Workshop


  1. Post-Workshop Documents & Information
  2. Post-Workshop Slideshow
  3. Workshop Summary
  4. Workshop Agenda
  5. Learning Objectives
  6. Details: Register/Time/Directions
  7. Trainer Bios

Post-Workshop Documents & Information

Thanks again to Paul and Kelly for introducing us to their STARS tool project, a LEED-like framework and method used to link sustainability to transportation planning.

  1. Workshop Handout (summary, links, trainer bios, agenda)
  2. Presentation
  3. STARS-Plan Framework
  4. STARS-Project Description & Credits
  5. STARS-Safety, Health, & Equity Matrix
  6. Existing STARS Portland DOT website with summary documents and a project manual overview.
  7. Additional Resources on Strategic Sustainability generally:
    1. Annotated list of learning resources (see the Learning Resources section & Appendix).
    2. See the Sustainability Committee's Oct 14 Workshop on Strategic Community Sustainability Planning.
    3. For an excellent 30-minute introductory presentation (recorded webinar) by the Director of the Masters Program in Strategic Sustainability Leadership at the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona Sweden, go here:  Planning for Sustainable Development--Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, (you sign on as a guest adding your name but don’t use the name "Guest," use your own - (No password is needed) and click the play arrow in the middle of the screen and it will play for you.) Go here for details. The recording is 60 mins, but you can skip the last 30 min of Q&A.
    4. For more on MaxNeef's Human Needs, read this paper: “What are the Fundamental Human Needs?” and/or listen to this MP3 audio file of the MaxNeef's talk: click here (opening the file takes 1-2 mins).
    5. Videos of Dr. Karl Henrik-Robert on sustainability (Founder of TNS):
      1. On Leadership & Sustainability (principles & framework) (10 mins).
      2. TNS YouTube Channel, many vids available, starts with cartoon - TNS & Sustainability in 2 mins.

Workshop Slideshow



Transportation professionals are struggling to meaningfully improve the environmental, economic, and social performance of transportation projects and plans.  STARS  does more than simply “green up” our current transportation system.  Instead, it provides a voluntary LEED-like, integrated framework to:

  • fundamentally reevaluate the purpose of a transportation project or plan (e.g. to provide people access to jobs, education and other daily needs),
  • evaluate and prioritize innovative alternatives in the design phase, and
  • measure and improve system performance in the ongoing operations and maintenance phases.

Join this co-hosted workshop between APA California Northern Sustainability Committee and the North American Sustainable Transportation Council (STC). Learn how to use a new planning and project development tool, the Sustainable Transportation Analysis & Rating System, or STARS, to simplify the integration of economic, environmental, and social performance into your transportation projects and plans.

STARS is being used on a transit corridor project (Clark County, Washington), a City Transportation System Plan (Eugene, Oregon) and a Regional Transportation Plan (Santa Cruz County, CA). Using STARS will improve the Triple Bottom Line performance of transportation plans and projects. Specifically, STARS will allow you to develop, evaluate, and rate strategies as follows:

  • improve access to jobs, school, housing and goods;
  • cut petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions;
  • boost the local economy while reducing transportation capital and operating costs;
  • improve public support for projects and plans that provide both economic and environmental benefits.


1. Introduction:
  • Why was STARS created and who contributed to its development
  • What is sustainable transportation? Applying sustainability principles to shape transportation plans, projects and programs
  • How STARS is transforming the way communities think about and plan our transportation systems (using case studies from one or more pilot communities).
2. The STARS analysis framework

3. Applying the STARS Credits: 
How STARS credits can identify low cost, high sustainability district-level improvements.

4. Discussion

Learning Objectives

1. New Tool: Attendees will learn how to apply a sustainability framework to developing and analyzing district-level transportation plans and projects by using the STARS Triple Bottom Line system.

2. Backcasting: Attendees will learn how to apply backcasting to transportation improvements by establishing clear and compelling sustainability goals and objectives to define transportation outcomes, and provide a list of performance measures that capture them.

3. Innovative Strategies: Attendees will learn about inexpensive, quick-to-implement demand management and system management investments that will increase walking, bicycling, transit use and carpooling, improve health, reduce climate pollution and boost the local economy.

Details: Register/Time/Directions

Trainer Bios

Paul Horton is a principal consultant focusing on sustainability for the management consulting firm LeighFisher.  He is co-founder and vice chair of the North American Sustainable Transportation Council, developer of STARS.  Paul’s experience also includes co-founding and managing the non-profit Climate Solutions, serving as corporate sustainability director for the planning and engineering firm David Evans & Associates, Inc, teaching sustainable business and carbon management at the Evergreen State College and for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and providing strategic sustainability solutions to a variety of public and private sector clients.  |  (650) 375-5356  |  (360) 918-1079 (cell)

Kelly Rodgers is the program manager for the North American Sustainable Transportation Council, which is developing an evaluation tool and rating system for transportation plans and projects called STARS.  Over the past 15 years, Kelly has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in a variety of areas – including neighborhood planning, stormwater management, renewable energy, sustainable transportation, food systems, and community design. She also teaches Sustainable Development for Sustainable Communities at Marylhurst University and is the coauthor of the book Cartopia: Portland’s Food Cart Revolution. Kelly graduated with a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University.

Scott Edmondson, AICP, Is co-chair/founder, APA CA Northern Sustainability Committee. He is principal/ founder, Sustainability 2030, a think-do tank accelerating an effective response with strategic sustainability understanding, resources, advisory-training services, & initiatives. Scott has 25 years of planning experience: CEQA environmental review (17 yrs), long range (5 yrs, Citywide, SF Planning), and strategic facilities planning (3 yrs). MAAURP, UCLA. He has worked on a variety of sustainability research, writing, and planning projects over the years, including the SF Sustainability Plan (1996), BAASC (late 1990s).