Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots / Edition 1

Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots / Edition 1

by Kevin Danaher, Jason Mark, Shannon Biggs
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0977825361

ISBN-13: 9780977825363

Pub. Date: 09/01/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

After centuries of economic activity based on extraction, exploitation, and depletion, we now face undeniable environmental threats. New business models that save or restore natural resources are critical. But how can we translate that insight into more sustainable practices? BUILDING THE GREEN ECONOMY shows how community groups, families, and individual citizens

Overview

After centuries of economic activity based on extraction, exploitation, and depletion, we now face undeniable environmental threats. New business models that save or restore natural resources are critical. But how can we translate that insight into more sustainable practices? BUILDING THE GREEN ECONOMY shows how community groups, families, and individual citizens have taken action to protect their food and water, clean up their neighborhoods, and strengthen their local economies. Their unlikely victories???over polluters, unresponsive bureaucracies, and unexamined routines???dramatize the opportunities and challenges facing the local green economy movement. The authors also:
• Lay out strategies for a more successful green movement
• Describe how communities have protected their victories from legal and political challenges
• Provide key resources for local activists
• Include conversations with Rocky Anderson, Lois Gibbs, Anuradha Mittal, David Morris, Michael Shuman, and others

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977825363
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Toxic Avengers
Introduction     15
Sick and Tired of Living Next to (S)hell: Residents Force an Oil Giant to Pay for Toxic Terror     17
Conversation: Lois Gibbs     31
Sludge Busters: Porter, Pennsylvania Sets New Rules for Corporations     35
Conversation: Gopal Dyaneni     47
What You Can Do: Neither Paper Nor Plastic     51
Food and Water
Introduction     53
Green Acres in the Windy City: Urban Farming Grows Food Justice in Chicago     55
Conversation: Maude Barlow     66
Seeds of Change: Dakota Farmers Give Monsanto the Boot     70
Conversation: Anuradha Mittal     84
Loggers and Lizards Find Common Ground: Saving an Oregon Watershed     89
Green Revolution: Urban Organic Agriculture in Cuba     99
Street Beets: Urban Farmers Get Hip to Growing     106
What You Can Do: Get It Fresh From the Farm     110
From Mean Streets to Green Streets
Introduction     111
Breaking the Chains: Parents and Locals Transform a Juvenile Prison     113
Conversation: Van Jones     128
Participatory Budgeting and Direct Democracy     132
Culture Shift in the Land of the Giants: A California County Redefines CorporateRights     135
Conversation: Thomas Linzey, Esq.     145
Patriot Actions: Citizens Organize to Defend the Constitution     150
What You Can Do: Take Over City Hall     156
Power to the People
Introduction     158
Give Me an "E"!: Rival Colleges Compete for Sustainability     161
Conversation: David Morris     169
Beyond Hot Air: Cities Lead the U.S. on Tackling Climate Change     173
Conversation: Ben Namikin     181
Crude Awakening: The Peak Oil Challenge     184
Sweden Declares Independence from Oil     186
Harnessing the Saudi Arabia of Wind: The Rosebud Sioux Bring Renewable Energy to the Dakotas     189
What You Can Do: Plug Into the Movement     199
The Freedom of Everyone to Be Enterprising
Introduction     200
Putting Mom and Pop First: Utah Promotes Local Business and Town Character     203
Conversation: Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson     216
Green Grapes: Fetzer Winery Cultivates a Triple Bottom Line     222
No Boss: Worker-Owned Co-ops Redefine "Office Politics"     229
Conversation: Omar Freilla     236
"Your Business Plan Is Complete Garbage": The TerraCycle Story     240
Conversation: Michael Shuman      242
What You Can Do: Buy Close By     246
Conclusion: Building the Movement     248
Resources     259
Index     270
Acknowledgments     278
Notes     279
About the Authors     282

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