Eco-Logos LLC

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Sustainable Development

 
 

Vision:

Our Vision is that through the traditional grass-roots public outreach of civil society and accessible online tools for research, evaluation and remembrance, collaborative communities of learning and practice will emerge around the goals of developing a sustainable future.


Mission:

The Mission of Eco-Logos is to facilitate the creation of a Sustainability Index Rating and Knowledge Management System - A Knowledge Ecology & Sustainability Index (KESI) for local communities engaged in developing local sustainability initiatives.

The KESI Project will help plan, design and implement a Web-Enabled Sustainability Index Rating and Knowledge Management System (SIR-KMS). As an application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Sustainable Development (SD), the SIR-KMS will provide a template for a community to create a Knowledge Ecology & Sustainability Index (KESI). This is a tool for compiling, analyzing and managing relative sustainability indices of the natural, social and economic systems in a community.

Our primary purpose is providing a tool for developing locally derived and regionally verifiable Information for Decision-Making.


Objectives:

It is the contention of Eco-Logos LLC that the means to successfully transform a community to practices of sustainable development, to engage the mechanisms of evaluation, to the development of sustainability index metrics and to direct individual accountability must emerge from grass roots community action. Further, this action must be able to be aggregated into more comprehensive levels of organization whereby verification and dissemination can occur. Verification and dissemination in larger organizational ecologies will equate specific locally derived indices of sustainability to established indices and modes inherent in regional, national and global initiatives. Bridging the information gap between community actions, where the real practice of sustainability occurs, and regional, national and global initiatives, is the foundation and objective of the KESI project.

Sustainable Development, in it's simplest definition and in its current popular usage means " Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs ." This is from the United Nations appointed international commission report "Our Common Future", published in 1987, known as " The Brundtland Report ". It triggered the UN " Earth Summits "  in 1992 and 2002, the International Climate Change Convention and the worldwide " Agenda 21 " program. All strategies for "sustainable development" - ways to improve human well-being in the short term without threatening the local and global environment in the long term. The Brundtland Report inspired many towns and cities in Northern Europe to initiate the Brundtland City Energy Network in 1990. This Network has taken energy use as a starting point for action, much in the same way the Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) and Bennington Energy Committee has.

There are three equal legs of the sustainability agenda, Environmental Conservation, Social Equity and Economic Vitality. One of the most brilliant expressions of what sustainable development looks like in a community, and a clear picture of the three legs of SD is from a group called Conservation Economy , a project of ecotrust. They developed a Pattern Map of Sustainable Development , available as a PDF download (849k PDF).


"A network is nonhierarchical. It is a web of connections among equals. What holds it together is not force, obligation, material incentive, or social contract, but rather shared values and the understanding that some tasks can be accomplished together that could never be accomplished separately. One of the important purposes of a network is simply to remind its members that they are not alone."
- D. H. Meadows, Beyond the Limits


Sources:

International -

A source for this objective is found in the United Nations Environmental Program Agenda 21, a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human activities impact on the environment. Agenda 21 was adopted by more than 178 Governments, including the United States, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) - The Earth Summit - held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992. The full implementation of Agenda 21 was strongly reaffirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 4 September 2002.

In Chapter 40 of Agenda 21, the Introduction states:

"In sustainable development, everyone is a user and provider of information considered in the broad sense. That includes data, information, appropriately packaged experience and knowledge. The need for information arises at all levels, from that of senior decision makers at the national and international levels to the grass-roots and individual levels."

National (USA) -

Between June 1993 and June 1999, the President's Council on Sustainable Development advised President Clinton on sustainable development. The PCSD developed bold, new approaches to achieve economic, environmental, and equity goals. The PCSD is no longer part of the current administration, but their archived material and documents can be found on the National Archives and Records Administration web site, HERE.

The PCSD's Final Report to the President: Towards a Sustainable America: Advancing Prosperity, Opportunity, and a Healthy Environment for the 21st Century, May 1999 (PDF) provides the following vision:

The PCSD VISION STATEMENT -
Our vision is of a life-sustaining Earth. We are committed to the achievement of a dignified, peaceful, and equitable existence. A sustainable United States will have a growing economy that provides equitable opportunities for satisfying livelihoods and a safe, healthy, high quality of life for current and future generations. Our nation will protect its environment, its natural resource base, and the functions and viability of natural systems on which all life depends.

In Towards a Sustainable America , the President's Council on Sustainable Development recommends over 140 specific actions Americans can take to realize a new prosperity for our families and communities.


Eco-Logos

Eco-logos refers to an understanding of the interaction of things. It is the wisdom we gain of knowing our household and all our relationships therein.

By way of etymology, an introduction ...

Main Entry: eco-
Function: combining form
Etymology: Late Latin oeco- household, from Greek oik-, oiko-, from oikos house -- more at VICINITY
1 : habitat or environment <ecospecies>
2 : ecological or environmental <ecocatastrophe>

Main Entry: Lo·gos
Pronunciation: 'lO-"gäs, -"gOs
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural Lo·goi /-"goi/
Etymology: Greek, speech, word, reason -- more at LEGEND
1 : the divine wisdom manifest in the creation, government, and redemption of the world and often identified with the second person of the Trinity
2 : reason that in ancient Greek philosophy is the controlling principle in the universe

Main Entry: ecol·o·gy
Pronunciation: i-'kä-l&-jE, e-
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -gies
Etymology: German Ökologie, from öko- eco- + -logie -logy
1 : a branch of science concerned with the interrelationship of organisms and their environments
2 : the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment
3 : HUMAN ECOLOGY

Main Entry: log·ic
Pronunciation: 'lä-jik
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English logik, from Middle French logique, from Latin logica, from Greek logikE, from feminine of logikos of reason, from logos reason -- more at LEGEND
1 a (1) : a science that deals with the principles and criteria of validity of inference and demonstration : the science of the formal principles of reasoning (2) : a branch or variety of logic <modal logic > <Boolean logic > (3) : a branch of semiotic; especially : SYNTACTICS (4) : the formal principles of a branch of knowledge b (1) : a particular mode of reasoning viewed as valid or faulty (2) : RELEVANCE , PROPRIETY c : interrelation or sequence of facts or events when seen as inevitable or predictable d : the arrangement of circuit elements (as in a computer) needed for computation; also : the circuits themselves
2 : something that forces a decision apart from or in opposition to reason <the logic of war>

Main Entry: human ecology
Function: noun
1 : a branch of sociology dealing especially with the spatial and temporal interrelationships between humans and their economic, social, and political organization
2 : the ecology of human communities and populations especially as concerned with preservation of environmental quality (as of air or water) through proper application of conservation and civil engineering practices


 
 

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