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Examples of this pattern in action:

Urban Habitat Program
Urban Habitat Program of the Earth Island Institute. The Urban Habitat Program (UHP) functions as a catalyst for the environment and social justice, seeking to promote multi-cultural leadership. UHP believes that socio-economic and environmental problems are connected in their causes, effects and solutions. Poor people and people of color use fewer resources than most, yet they bear the heaviest burden of environmental degradation and pollution.

The United Indian Health Village is an integrated landscape and health clinic, designed to restore native plants, wetlands, and garden food production to the landscape and to nurture the health of the region's Native American population.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:


Headwaters Environmental Center

Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health


Raffensperger, Carolyn and Joel Tickner. Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle. Island Press. Washington, DC. 1999.

Steingraber, Sandra. Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment. Vintage Books. New York, NY. 1998.

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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