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Copyright 2002– Sustainability Institute 4/22/02 1 Living in a Finite World: A Discussion on Sustainability Don Seville Sustainability Institute 3 Linden Road Hartland, VT 05048 [email protected] Copyright 2002– Sustainability Institute 4/22/02 2 Three Interrelated Causes of Concern Leading to Interest in Sustainability exponential growth environmental “externalities” social concerns Population Resource Use Waste Silent Spring Smog Habitat loss Globalization Poverty “sustainability” guidelines A set of “laws” about living with the future in mind questions/vision What is the world we want to live in that is consistent with these “laws”?
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Copyright 2002– Sustainability Institute 4/22/02 3 Events Patterns of Behavior Systemic Structure Increasing Leverage Mind-sets Systems Thinking Focuses On Building A Causal Understanding Of Our Physical And Social Systems Copyright 2002– Sustainability Institute 4/22/02 4 Events Patterns of Behavior Systemic Structure Mind-sets Example: Smart Growth Compact housing is unappealing - the American Dream includes a house on a 1 acre lot. Year A mt. of non-compact housing in US Headline: “average commute involves 25 min in traffic” R attractiveness of compact housing fraction of new building that is compact housing availability of compact housing fraction of investment in infrastructure that serves compact housing convenience of compact housing R This structure tends to lock the system in place. If non- compact housing is attractive the system will produce more of that, and vice versa.
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Copyright 2002– Sustainability Institute 4/22/02 5 What Are The Key Drivers Of Growth?
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