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Oct 17th 2011 3:36PM Sustainable Land Development Addresses Climate Change and Ecosystem Services...
Project Goes Carbon Negative
"If we’re serious about halting the rise of – and eventually lowering – CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, biochar could prove the best way. It also allows us to more sustainably manage organic waste from municipalities, croplands, wastewater treatment plants, and a certain amount of residues from forests. The problem, as with all other climate-mitigation approaches, comes with reaching scale. Can biochar be produced to a large enough scale to make a measurable impact? The answer lies in the triple-bottom-line perspective. In other words, the only way this will happen is if it can be produced in ways that meet the needs of people, planet and profit."
Show Me the Money
"...as just about any land developer can tell you, talk is cheap. The bottom-line is that financing for good projects throughout the country is just not available right now for the kind of sustainable economic recovery we need and have been promised. Why not?"
Sustainable Land Development Initiative
Feb 8th 2009 3:28PM Humbled Masters of the Universe
Why do we continue to look to the same people who got us into this mess for answers?
Founded in 1971, the World Economic Forum meets annually in Davos, Switzerland to bring together top business and political leaders as well as intellectuals, economists, journalists, and others. Its recent 2009 meeting attracted over 2500 participants from 91 countries, including over 1170 CEOs and chairpersons from the world’s most powerful companies.
This year’s official Davos theme - “Shaping the Post-Crisis World” – might well have been – “How could the giants of capitalism have been so stupid?” For many, Davos this year was “where the pent-up dismay and anger over what Wall Street wrought boiled to the surface” despite efforts to contain it. The rock stars here this year, surrounded by adoring fans, were two economic analysts, Nouriel Roubini and Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who saw the disaster coming before most everyone else, as documented in this column previously. Implying but not naming America, China’s Wen Jiabao said the financial crisis was “attributable to inappropriate macroeconomic policies of some economies and their unsustainable model of development characterized by prolonged low savings and high consumption; excessive expansion of financial institutions in blind pursuit of profit.”
Back in the US, the news about our local leaders wasn’t any better. Time magazine profiled iconic Palm Beach County as “The New Capital of Florida Corruption” In just the past two years, four city and county commissioners have been convicted of federal corruption charges related to “pay for play” land development schemes, and a fifth could soon join the others in serving time. While in power, these public officials “alienated the general public and took a haphazard view of development — a common South Florida practice that’s indelibly tied to helping those companies and private interests that supported them.” Unfortunately, this practice is not limited to one area of the country, or one political party. According to the current Palm Beach County GOP Chairman, “I think that what everyone has realized, the general reaction is, America has a problem. We are corrupt from coast to coast and border to border.”
Back room deals and corruption, perceived and real, often inhibit progress and change. In contrast, in a transparent and public proposal offered to President Obama’s administration, SLDI has offered a public-private partnership, its Sustainable Land Development Best Practices System, and the breadth of its research and collective knowledge to combat the country’s economic woes, enhance environmental stewardship and increase social responsibility - all at the same time.
Your participation and comments are welcome.
Sustainable Land Development International
From SLDI February 2009 Newsletter - http://www.sldi.org/newService/SLDIFeb2009.html