Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today's Environmental Problems

Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today's Environmental Problems

by Steve Lerner
     
 

The idea for Eco-Pioneers came to Steve Lerner while he was attending the
1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Although he was moved by the vision of sustainable development evoked by citizens and officials at the summit, as a reporter he felt a need to put a human face on the rhetoric and find out what sustainable development actually looks like in the United

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The idea for Eco-Pioneers came to Steve Lerner while he was attending the
1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Although he was moved by the vision of sustainable development evoked by citizens and officials at the summit, as a reporter he felt a need to put a human face on the rhetoric and find out what sustainable development actually looks like in the United States. He spent the next four years searching out what he came to call "eco-pioneers"--the modern pathfinders who are working in the American pragmatic tradition to reduce the pace of environmental degradation. These practical visionaries are people who are willing to push the limits of whatever tools they can find for dealing with ecological problems.Lerner provides case studies of eco-pioneers who are exploring sustainable ways to log forests, grow food, save plant species, run cattle, build houses, clean up cities, redesign rural communities, generate power, conserve water, protect rivers and wildlife, treat hazardous waste, reuse materials, and reduce both waste and consumption. Some of those profiled run businesses, some address environmental practices within their immediate community, and some combine their environmental concerns with social goals such as the creation of inner-city jobs. Together they are creating ways of living and working that many analysts believe to be essential to an ecologically sustainable future.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262621243
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
05/22/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
462
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Pliny Fisk III: The Search for Low-Impact Building Materials and Techniques19
2Lorrie Otto: Bringing Native Plants Back to the American Lawn37
3John Todd: Greenhouse Treatment of Municipal Sewage47
4Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez: The New Frugality Movement Promotes Living Better by Consuming Less67
5Scott Bernstein: Environmental Solutions to Inner-City Problems81
6S. David Freeman: A Utility Company Switches from Nuclear Power to Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy, and Electric Vehicles91
7Sally Fox: Breeding Naturally Colored Organic Cotton Eliminates the Need for Toxic Dyes and Pesticides101
8Daniel Knapp: Mining the Discard Supply115
9Walton Smith: Returning to Selective Forestry after the Failure of Clearcutting129
10Christopher Nagel and William Haney III: Transforming Hazardous Wastes into Useful Industrial Materials143
11Paul Mankiewicz: Urban Rooftop Agriculture159
12David Crockett: Transforming Chattanooga into an Environmental City171
13William McDonough: Redesigning Buildings and Building Materials for Environmentally Intelligent Architecture197
14New Pattonsburg, Missouri: Moving Out of the Flood Plain and Designing an Environmentally Sustainable Community213
15Alana Probst: Promoting Ecologically Sustainable Businesses in West Coast Temperate Rain Forests231
16Daniel Einstein and David Eagan: Students Swap Protests for Practical Work Building an Ecologically Sustainable Campus243
17Jack Turnell: Western Cattle Rancher Experiments with Sustainable Techniques263
18Juana Beatriz Gutierrez: The Mothers of East Los Angeles Conserve Water, Protect the Neighborhood, and Create Jobs277
19Ron Rosmann: Sustainable Agriculture Takes Root among Family Farmers in Iowa287
20James Enote: Zunis Launch a Sustainable Action Plan to Manage Tribal Resources299
21Kenny Ausubel: Saving the Seed: Rescuing Important Foods and Medicinal Crops from Extinction309
22Eco-Justice Activists: Cleaning Up and Reusing Abandoned and Contaminated Industrial Sites321
23David Gershon: Helping Families Minimize Environmental Impact One Household at a Time341
24Thomas Schueler and Robert Boone: Two Approaches to Restoring Trashed Urban Rivers353
25The Reverend Jeffrey Golliher: A Green Priest Preaches about the Need to Protect God's Creation373
26Conclusion385
Notes399
Index415

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