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Toward A Sustainable City (1980). "If we are to consciously shape our future, we must learn to manage our total environment – to reconcile the conflicts and contradictions between man-made and natural systems. It is a false and tragic dichotomy to pit economic prosperity against environmental resource conservation." This conclusion, and the report it summarized, was unanimously adopted by the San Jose City Council in 1980. It established San Jose as a pioneer in sustainability, and it became, according to a U.S. Department of Energy study, "a cornerstone of San Jose's sustainability efforts." More >>

The Historic Imperative For Change (1990). With Dennis Church as lead author, co-authors included Siegfried Brenke (OECD, Paris), William Hansell (Executive Director, ICMA), et al. This article, published as the cover lead and center spread in the flagship weekly of the National League of Cities, was distributed to nearly every local official in America. It introduced The Global Cities Project, founded by Church as a program of Earth Day 1990, to the nation’s cities. For many, this was their first positive and in-depth exposure to the concept of sustainability. The Global Cities Project, endorsed officially by both the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, made the embrace of sustainability as an aspiration safe for cautious local officials. More than 100 cities officially joined, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. This article begins with a sober question, "Today we must ask if evolutionary improvement is good enough. Can we afford to change slowly, or is the accelerating pace of environmental degradation a threat of such significance that it demands a "revolution" in our relationship to our endangered Earth?" More >>

For A Future That Works (1991). Today, many resource economists and scientists fear that mankind may be consuming and destroying the living and non-living natural foundation upon which our lives depend. While I firmly believe that apocalyptic predictions are both inappropriate and unfounded, any rational person must acknowledge the tremendous risks involved in what we are doing to our one and only planet. More >>

Economy Versus Environment (1992). It is a deeply held view that protecting the environment constitutes a net expense to our economy. To the extent that environmental concerns have faded in economic hard times, and they have, it is a reflection of the fact that most of the public and most of the leadership still believes that protecting the environment represents spending money rather than saving it, represents consumption rather than investment. More >>

A Sustainable Energy Future For Albuquerque (1991). "Albuquerque’s potential for development of wind, geothermal and solar resources is nothing less than fantastic. You have first rate wind resources within a stone's throw, your geothermal resources are mind-boggling. New Mexico experiences more hours of sunshine per year than most other states. So just how does sustainability apply to Albuquerque?" More >>

A New Paradigm For Local Government (2007). The pressure on governments at all levels to change they way they do business is growing steadily. Public confidence in governmental institutions is low. Polls show many people feel a deep anxiety about the future. People no longer take a better future for their children as an article of faith. More >>

Core Concepts Of Sustainability Advocacy (2013). Just as with democracy, we're likely to get the future that we deserve. Nobody else will save us. We must save ourselves. This follows directly from the near total dysfunctionality of our institutions and the failure of our elites to take responsibility for the general welfare of society. Perhaps, more carefully stated, the only way to return our institutions to the functionality we need is to fix them ourselves. More >>

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