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Examples of this pattern in action:

The Wealth of Nature
"Environmental quality, not mining, logging, or ranching, is driving local economic development in the West." states Thomas Michael Power in the Featured article for Spring 1996's Issues in Science and Technology magazine.

Plug up the leaks
"Plug up the leaks" is a formula that can help solve many of our energy, water, economic, and even security problems An Interview with Hunter S. Lovins, by Robert Gilman One of the articles in Sustainability (IC#25) Late Spring 1990, Page 20 Copyright © 1990, 1997 by Context Institute. One of the brightest lights in the sustainability movement continues to be Rocky Mountain Institute, a remarkable think-tank nestled in the heart of Colorado. Hunter and Amory Lovins founded RMI in 1982 to explore opportunities for increased efficiency in our technologies, economies, and energy systems. While their work is gaining more recognition of late — Amory flies around the world consulting with governments and utilities — there is clearly still a lot more we can do to consume a lot less of almost everything, as Hunter describes below. Contact RMI at 1739 Snowmass Creek Rd., Old Snowmass, CO 81654-9199.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:

Sustainable Connections

Center for Environmental Economic Development


Copeland, Grant. Acts of Balance: Profits, People, and Place. New Society Publishers. Gabriola Island, BC. 1999.

Power, Thomas Michael. Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies: The Search for a Value of Place. Island Press. Washington, DC. 1996.

Rasker, Ray. A New Home on the Range: Economic Realities in the Columbia River Basin. The Wilderness Society. Washington, DC. 1995.

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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