Our Journey to Sustainability: How Everyday Heroes Make a Difference

Our Journey to Sustainability: How Everyday Heroes Make a Difference

by Jon R. Biemer
Our Journey to Sustainability: How Everyday Heroes Make a Difference

Our Journey to Sustainability: How Everyday Heroes Make a Difference

by Jon R. Biemer


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Explores the motivations, successes, and visions of individuals working tirelessly to heal our planet through 150 personal stories.

Everyday, countless individuals are hard at work, seeking solutions to environmental problems and creating new ways to live sustainably. It takes the combined effort of many to secure a healthy future, from electric vehicle owners to animal lovers, journalists to artists, scientists to indigenous communities and cities. But what is it that motivates people to act on behalf of the planet?

That is the question at the heart of Our Journey to Sustainability: How Everyday Heroes Make a Difference. Compiling 150 stories from personal interviews, research, and his own experiences, Jon R. Biemer explores the varied motivations that inspire environmental action and presents over twenty-five sustainable wisdom tips that readers can implement in their own lives, suggesting real-world ways to make a difference. Readers will visit cities and towns across the country, indigenous reservations, and wildlife preserves. They will be introduced to the heroes in the trenches who are creating a healthier environment, on scales both small and large, while learning how actions can add up to great results.

Biemer profiles a mix of modest and impressive efforts by youth advocates, professionals in the prime of their career, and post-retirees. Some folks are just doing a day’s work, while some are fighting for environmental justice. Our Journey to Sustainability shows what it really takes to recycle, repair cell phones, recover a brownfield, and halt a freeway, and highlights the real-life dreams of entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing geothermal energy, the clothing industry, the way boats are built, and much more. Eco-heroes are everywhere, and their initiatives are the substance of realistic hope for our planet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538178737
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/20/2024
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jon R. Biemer has more than forty years of experience creating sustainability. His practices and causes include free cycling, repair cafes, village building convergences, environmental education, solar and wind energy, and energy efficiency in homes, municipalities, and industry. Biemer is a mechanical engineer and holds a certificate in process-oriented psychology. He has managed utility energy conservation programs and now provides organizational development consulting to nonprofits. He is the author of Our Environmental Handprints: Recover the Land, Reverse Global Warming, Reclaim the Future (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) and a member of the Society for Environmental Journalists.

Table of Contents

Sustainable Wisdom Vignettes


Introduction: Finding Your Fire

Chapter 1: Pilgrimage

Chapter 2: Portland, Oregon. A City that Cares

Chapter 3: Homeowners

Chapter 4: Electric Vehicle Drivers

Chapter 5: Meadville, Pennsylvania. Old Meets New

Chapter 6: Partner with Young People

Chapter 7: Calling All Artists!

Chapter 8: Henrietta, New York. All In!

Chapter 9: Environmental Journalists

Chapter 10: Entrepreneurs

Chapter 11: Corvallis, Oregon. Being Practical

Chapter 12: Stewards of the Land

Chapter 13: Indigenous Country. The People Rising

Chapter 14: Bison

Chapter 15: Bees and Eagles

Chapter 16: Save the Tiger

Chapter 17: Gainesville, Florida. Southern Style Sustainability

Chapter 18: Explorers

Chapter 19: Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Under an Enchanted Moon

Chapter 20: Faith Based Environmentalists

Chapter 21: Valuing Spirit

Chapter 22: The Power of Walking

Chapter 23: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sustainability at Scale

Chapter 24: Go Beyond




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