Sustainable Development through Biologically-based Systems




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Sustainable Development through Biologically based Systems Richard White Environmental Science and Policy Program Smith College May 23 2003 Sustainable Development meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs Economic steady flow of goods services Environmental stable resource base Social equitable sharing of wealth We must stop expecting the earth to produce more but start doing more with what the earth produces Humankind is the only species on the planet capable of generating waste no one wants Gunter Pauli Upsizing ZERI Zero Emissions Research Initiatives ZERI is a practical approach to satisfying humanity s needs for water food energy jobs shelter and more in an environmentally sustainable manner by applying science and technology and involving government business and academia ZERI Zero Emissions Research Initiatives Zero Emissions eliminating the concept of waste Research discovering novel and environmentally sound ways to use presently wasted material capital and human resources to meet critical human needs for water food health care shelter energy and jobs Initiatives applying these ideas in real world projects on 5 continents Biologically based Systems Meet people s needs starting with local resources and co evolving with nature Treat waste as a business opportunity food Use all the kingdoms of nature pathogens that afflict one kingdom do not damage others Build and optimize systems that reduce eliminate waste with value added and new jobs at each step ZERI Origins Gunter Pauli Founder Director of ZERI Foundation Geneva 1996 Economist Entrepreneur former president and CEO of ECOVER Author of 7 books including Upsizing The Road to Zero Emissions 1998 Recipient of numerous environmental and business awards Developing Country Example Coffee Farm in Colombia Problem coffee prices don t compensate production costs Opportunity coffee cherries comprise just 3 of the plant biomass brewed coffee has






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