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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


Renewables Will be Cheaper Soon

a new study says, commissioned by the Government's chief climate change adviser, Ross Garnaut, and conducted by the University of Melbourne's Energy Research Institute, Australia.


The Sustainability Challenge 2010

[forthcoming; draft in preparation]


The State of Sustainability (SOS)TM 2010 - A Question of Interpretaton, Focus, and Method

The present sustainability landscape is littered with assertions, concepts, ideas, proposals, solutions, denials. The image is confusing and unfocused. Direction and method are uncertain. The anxiety of some people over urgency is as palpable as the calm dismissiveness of others over the perceived hoax of climate change and a sustainability challenge. The concern-de-jour is climate change even though it is only the visible front line of the larger sustainability challenge. In true atomistic fashion, many proposed solutions hold only the prospect of solving one problem while unittingly creating a multiplicity of others as the law of unintended concequences will play out for ill-tested actions undertaken in complex systems. Scratching the surface of this 2010 sustainabilty landscape a little further, one enounters a more pernicious underlying fallacy--an only semi conscious perception (even paradigm) that societal issues are fundamentally unrelated, acts of god or other uncontrollable sources, unconnected from society's capacity to nourish and reproduce its ever-growing self, and a necessary trade-off for economic jobs, survival, and general well being,-even luxuary--of the "chosen" or "made" few. As we enter 2010, society views its ever expanding set of problems as somehow individually solvable with mitigations of emission per unit and a slowing of rate of increase at some just-in-time, but unpredictable, moment and without consequence to its increasingly limited and diminishing prosperity and security.

So what's a society to do? Does anything even need to be done? Is that question XXX in 2010 based on the underlying atomistic false paradigm, but a blasphemous simplicity in the face of events, impacts, trends, and prospects to others?

The question boils down to defining the sustainability problem. Is the sustainability problem simply the existence of the myriad of environmental, economic, and social problems society faces, and their apparent expanding trend? They are obviously the enviornmental, economic, and social problems. Adding the concept of "interrelatedness," and the tripartitie model of many susatianbility definitiions, they become a constellation of interrelated problems that appear to be the sustainability problem. But is that really the essence of the sustainabiltiy problem or is there something more fundamental that is the root problem?