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This coastal estuary in Prince William Sound, Alaska is part of the coastal temperate rainforest stretching from Big Sur to Kodiak Island.
Image by Adrian Dorst.

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A Conservation Economy
Examples of this pattern in action:

Seven ways to becoming more sustainable
Strategies for reducing one's footprint on the environment are detailed in the book Seven Wonders: Everyday Things for a Healthier Planet.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Sustainable Conservation


Ecotrust Canada

ShoreBank Pacific

Shorebank Enterprise Pacific

Sustainable Northwest

The Natural Step


Anderson, Ray C. Mid-Course Correction: Toward a Sustainable Enterprise: The Interface Model. The Peregrinzilla Press. Atlanta, GA. 1998.

Cowan, Stuart and Sim Van der Ryn. Ecological Design. Island Press. Washington, DC. 1996.

Durning, Alan Thein. This Place on Earth : Home and the Practice of Permanence. Sasquatch Books. Seattle, WA. 1997.

Ecotrust, , Conservation International and Pacific GIS. The Rain Forests of Home Atlas. Ecotrust. Portland, OR. 1995.

Elkington, John. Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business. New Society Publishers. Gabriola Island, BC. 1998.

Frankel, Carl. In Earth's Company: Business, Environment, and the Challenge of Sustainability. New Society Publishers. Gabriola Island, BC. 1998.

Nattrass, Brian and Mary Altomare. The Natural Step for Business: Wealth, Ecology, and the Evolutionary Corporation. New Society Publishers. Gabriola Island, BC. 1999.

Schoonmaker, Peter K, Bettina von Hagen and Edward C. Wolf. The Rain Forests of Home: Profile of a North American Bioregion. Island Press. Washington, DC. 1996.

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Pattern Index

A Conservation Economy

Social Capital

Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access To Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense Of Place

Beauty And Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society

Natural Capital

Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Forestry

Sustainable Fisheries


Compact Towns And Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services


Economic Capital

Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste As Resource

Product As Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling