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Examples of this pattern in action:

Center for a Sustainable Economy
The Center for a Sustainable Economy is a non-profit, non-partisan research and policy organization that promotes innovative tax and other market-based approaches to achieving a sustainable economy — one that integrates long-term economic growth, environmental quality and social fairness.

Ecological Tax Reform: Composting the Gridlock
Tax reform is all the rage these days, and proposals abound. Even the flat tax (dismissed as silly when proposed by presidential candidate Jerry Brown in 1992, now taken quite seriously when proferred by Dick Armey) is getting serious scrutiny. Not because they're the best ideas, not even because taxes are too high (they're lower in US than any industrialized country) but because the tax system is perceived as out of control, and people want to do "something." ...

Taxpayers for Common Sense
Taxpayers for Common Sense is a non-partisan advocate for American taxpayers. They are dedicated to cutting wasteful spending and subsidies in order to achieve a responsible and efficient government that lives within its means.

Organizations whose work incorporate this pattern:


Redefining Progress


Durning, Alan Thein, Yoram Bauman and Rachel Gussett. Tax Shift: How to Help the Economy, Improve the Environment, and Get the Tax Man Off Our Backs. Northwest Environment Watch. Seattle, WA. 1998.

von Weizsacker, Ernest U and Jochen Jesinghaus. Ecological Tax Reform: A Policy Proposal for Sustainable Development. Zed Books. London, UK. 1992.

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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