Natural Capitalism

The Next Industrial Revolution

Author: Paul Hawken,Amory B. Lovins,L. Hunter Lovins

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 9781853834615

Category: Capitalism

Page: 396

View: 4170

The first Industrial Revolution inaugurated 200 years of unparalleled material development for humankind. But the costs and the consequences are now everywhere evermore apparent: the living systems on which we depend are in retreat. Forests, topsoil, grasslands, wetlands, oceans, coral reefs, the atmosphere, aquifers, tundra and biodiversity are limiting factrs - the natural capital on which all economic activity depends. And they are all in decline. Add to that a doubling of the world's population and a halving of available per capita resources in the first 50 years of the 21st century and the inevitability of change is clear.This work offers forms of industry and commerce that can not only enhance enormously the wellbeing of the world's growing population, but will reverse the destruction and pollution of nature and restore the natural processes so vital to the future.The book introduces four central and interrelated strategies necessary to perpetuate abundance, avert scarcity and deliver a solid basis for social development. The first of these is: Radical Resource Productivity - getting two, four, or even ten times as much from the same quantities of materials and energy. A revolution in efficiency that provides the most immediate opportunities for businesses to grow and prosper.The second strategy is: Ecological Redesign - eliminating the very idea of waste by designing industrial systems on the model of ecological ones. Instead, for example, of digging merals out of the ground only to return them to landfill at the end of the product cycle, industrial processes will be designed to reuse materials constantly, in closed circles.The third strategy involves creating: A Service and Flow Economy - shifting from an economy of goods and purchases to one of service and flow, and redefining the relationship between producer and consumer. Affluence will no longer be measured by acquisition and quantity, but by the continuous receipt of quality, utility and performance.The final strategy is: Investing in Natural capital - reversing the worldwide ecosystem destruction to restore and expand the stocks of natural capital. If industrial systems are to supply an increasing flow of services in the future, the vital flow of services from living systems will have to be maintained or increased as well.

Natural Capitalism

Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Author: Paul Hawken,Amory B. Lovins,Hunter Lovins,L. Hunter Lovins

Publisher: Little Brown & Company

ISBN: 9780316353168

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 396

View: 7752

Explains how companies can increase profits, production, and employment while restoring the earth, offering ideas ranging from self-heating and self-cooling buildings to 200-miles-per-gallon cars

Natural Capitalism

Author: L. Hunter Lovins,Amory Lovins,Paul Hawken

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316031534

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

View: 8953

There are no more reespected voices in the environmental movement than these authors, true counselors on the direction of twenty-first-century business. With hundreds of thousands of books sold worldwide, they have set the agenda for rational, ecologically sound industrial development. In this inspiring book they define a superior & sustainable form of capitalism based on a system that radically raises the productivity of nature's dwindling resources. Natural Capitalism shows how cutting-edge businesses are increasing their earnings, boosting growth, reducing costs, enhancing competitiveness, & restoring the earth by harnessing a new design mentality. The authors offer dozens of examples of businesses that are making fourfold or even tenfold gains in efficiency, from self-heating & self-cooling buildings to 200-miles-per-gallon cars, while ensuring that workers aren't downsized out of their jobs. This practical blueprint shows how making resources more productive will create the next industrial revolution

Natural Capitalism

The Next Industrial Revolution

Author: Paul Hawken,Amory B. Lovins,L. Hunter Lovins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134033060

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 448

View: 660

This interdisciplinary volume explores art, its development, and its role in the construction of knowledge. Presenting theory and research on artistic development as a cultural and creative endeavor, contributors examine the origins of human art during the Paleolithic cultural revolution, as part of a modern cultural transformation, in the growth of a creative artist, and in developing children. Target chapters expressing the disciplinary perspectives of psychology, archaeology, communications, education, and the performing arts are followed by commentaries from internationally acclaimed scholars of human development. Part 1 explores how cultures harness and exploit the arts to give expression to values, social practices, and traditions. This section traces the emergence of new art forms that arose during social unrest, including the symbolization of spiritual beliefs expressed on the walls of Paleolithic caves, and the racial identity and cultural values expressed in the media of the hip-hop generation. Part 2 examines the journeys of a composer and a group of students to highlight the process of becoming an artist and the role education plays in its development. The book concludes with a focus on the development of aesthetic appreciation and artistic activity in childhood and adolescence, including, for example, how a child s developing theory of mind affects appreciation for the arts, and how developing empathy and emotional regulation contribute to the cognitive and affective underpinnings of acting in adolescence. As a whole contributors explore the developmental, sociocultural, and evolutionary processes that make the creation and experience of art possible. Intended for researchers and advanced students in both human development and the arts, this book will also serve as a textbook for advanced courses on psychology and the arts and/or special topics courses in cognitive and/or human development."

Climate Capitalism

Author: L. Hunter Lovins

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610914155

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 27

View: 9700

On October 5, 2011, L. Hunter Lovins participated in The National Climate Seminar, a series of webinars sponsored by Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy. The online seminars provide a forum for leading scientists, writers, and other experts to talk about critical issues regarding climate change. The series also opens a public conversation, inviting participants to ask questions and contribute their own thoughts. Lovins is President and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS / www.natcapsolutions.org). NCS works with businesses, governments, and civil society to develop practices that are sustainable for both people and the environment. Her lecture focused on ways that the United States can pull itself out of the current recession, while preserving natural and human capital. This E-ssentialis an edited version of Lovins’ talk and the subsequent question and answer session. While some material has been cut and some language modified for clarity, the intention was to retain the substance of the original discussion.

In the Bubble

Designing in a Complex World

Author: John Thackara

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262250375

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 3585

We're filling up the world with technology and devices, but we've lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: Designing for a Complex World. These are tough questions for the pushers of technology to answer. Our economic system is centered on technology, so it would be no small matter if "tech" ceased to be an end-in-itself in our daily lives. Technology is not going to go away, but the time to discuss the end it will serve is before we deploy it, not after. We need to ask what purpose will be served by the broadband communications, smart materials, wearable computing, and connected appliances that we're unleashing upon the world. We need to ask what impact all this stuff will have on our daily lives. Who will look after it, and how?In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people. Thackara describes a transformation that is taking place now -- not in a remote science fiction future; it's not about, as he puts it, "the schlock of the new" but about radical innovation already emerging in daily life. We are regaining respect for what people can do that technology can't. In the Bubble describes services designed to help people carry out daily activities in new ways. Many of these services involve technology -- ranging from body implants to wide-bodied jets. But objects and systems play a supporting role in a people-centered world. The design focus is on services, not things. And new principles -- above all, lightness -- inform the way these services are designed and used. At the heart of In the Bubble is a belief, informed by a wealth of real-world examples, that ethics and responsibility can inform design decisions without impeding social and technical innovation.

Factor Four

Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use - A Report to the Club of Rome

Author: Ernst U.von Weizsacker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134177615

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 991

Since the industrial revolution, progress has meant an increase in labour productivity. Factor Four describes a new form of progress, resource productivity, a form which meets the overriding imperative for the future (sustainability). It shows how at least four times as much wealth can be extracted from the resources we use. As the authors put it, the book is about doing more with less, but this is not the same as doing less, doing worse or doing without. In 1972, the Club of Rome published Limits to Growth, which sent shock waves around the world by arguing that we were rapidly running out of essential resources. This Report to the Club of Rome offers a solution. It lies in using resources more efficiently, in ways which can already be achieved, not at a cost, but at a profit. The book contains a wealth of examples of revolutionizing productivity, in the use of energy; from hypercars to low-energy beef; materials, from sub-surface drip irrigation to electronic books, transport, video conferencing to CyberTran, and demonstrating how much more could be generated from much less today. It explains how markets can be organized and taxes re-based to eliminate perverse incentives and reward efficiency, so wealth can grow while consumption does not. The benefits are enormous: profits will increase, pollution and waste will decrease and the quality of life will improve. Moreover, the benefits will be shared: progress will no longer depend on making ever fewer people more productive. Instead, more people and fewer resources can be employed. While for many developing countries the efficiency revolution may offer the only realistic chance of prosperity within a reasonable time span. The practical promise held out in this book is huge, but the authors show how it is up to each of us, as well as to businesses and governments, to make it happen.

Growing a Business

Author: Paul Hawken

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671671642

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 6629

Discusses the prerequisites to starting a business and shares his own start-up strategies

Reinventing Fire

Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

Author: Amory Lovins

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603585389

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 334

View: 1644

Oil and coal have built our civilisation, created our wealth and enriched the lives of billions. Yet their rising costs to our security, economy, health and environment are starting to outweigh their benefits. Moreover, the tipping point where alternatives work better and compete purely on cost is not decades in the future - it is here and now. And that tipping point has become the fulcrum of economic transformation. In Reinventing Fire, Amory Lovins and the Rocky Mountain Institute offer a new vision to revitalise business models and win the clean energy race - not forced by public policy but led by business for long-term advantage. This independent and rigorous account offers market-based solutions integrating transportation, buildings, industry and electricity. It maps pathways for running a 158%-bigger US economy in 2050 but needing no oil, no coal, no nuclear energy, one-third less natural gas and no new inventions. This transition would cost $5 trillion less than business-as-usual - without counting fossil fuels' huge hidden costs. Whether you care most about profits and jobs, or national security, or environmental stewardship, climate, and health, Reinventing Fire makes sense. It's a story of astounding opportunities for creating the new energy era. -- Publisher description.

Resource Revolution

How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century

Author: Stefan Heck,Matt Rogers,Paul Carroll

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544114566

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 519

Offers practical advice on how managers can sieze the opportunities presented by the coming growth in demand for commodities in emerging markets.

The Ecology of Commerce

Author: Paul Hawken

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0887307043

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 250

View: 7847

Provides a visionary blueprint for a marketplace where businesses and environmentalists work together, showing companies how to redesign and manufacture products in innovative ways, reeducate customers, and work closely with government toward a profitable, productive, and ecologically sound future. Reprint.

The Philosophy of Sustainable Design

The Future of Architecture

Author: Jason F. McLennan

Publisher: Ecotone Publishing

ISBN: 9780974903309

Category: Architecture

Page: 324

View: 9199

As the concept of responsible building takes root, green architecture is becoming mainstream. In 'The Philosophy of Sustainable Design', Jason McLennan outlines the major ideas and issues that have emergend in the growing movement of green architecture and sustainable design over the last 30 years.

Natural Capital

Valuing the Planet

Author: Dieter Helm

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300213948

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

View: 1229

Natural capital is what nature provides to us for free. Renewables—like species—keep on coming, provided we do not drive them towards extinction. Non-renewables—like oil and gas—can only be used once. Together, they are the foundation that ensures our survival and well-being, and the basis of all economic activity. In the face of the global, local, and national destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems, economist Dieter Helm here offers a crucial set of strategies for establishing natural capital policy that is balanced, economically sustainable, and politically viable. Helm shows why the commonly held view that environmental protection poses obstacles to economic progress is false, and he explains why the environment must be at the very core of economic planning. He presents the first real attempt to calibrate, measure, and value natural capital from an economic perspective and goes on to outline a stable new framework for sustainable growth. Bristling with ideas of immediate global relevance, Helm’s book shifts the parameters of current environmental debate. As inspiring as his trailblazing The Carbon Crunch, this volume will be essential reading for anyone concerned with reversing the headlong destruction of our environment.

Drawdown

The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming

Author: Paul Hawken

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524704652

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 367

• New York Times bestseller • The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world “At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective inoculation against the widespread perception of doom that humanity cannot and will not solve the climate crisis. Reported by-effects include increased determination and a sense of grounded hope.” —Per Espen Stoknes, Author, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming “There’s been no real way for ordinary people to get an understanding of what they can do and what impact it can have. There remains no single, comprehensive, reliable compendium of carbon-reduction solutions across sectors. At least until now. . . . The public is hungry for this kind of practical wisdom.” —David Roberts, Vox “This is the ideal environmental sciences textbook—only it is too interesting and inspiring to be called a textbook.” —Peter Kareiva, Director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here—some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth’s warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being—giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.

Healing Our World

The Other Piece of the Puzzle

Author: Mary J. Ruwart

Publisher: Sunstar Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libertarianism

Page: 308

View: 7052

HEALING OUR WORLD: THE OTHER PIECE OF THE PUZZLE integrates our Judeo-Christian heritage with the personal self-responsibility of the Aquarian Age & the political self-responsibility of the worldwide libertarian movement. Step, by step, in easy-to-understand prose, Dr. Ruwart demonstrates that the health care crisis, environmental destruction, & the plight of the poor are caused, not by selfish others, but by our attempts to control them through ineffective government intervention. In trying to control others, we find ourselves controlled by special interest groups who are empowered by our naivete. Readers of HEALING OUR WORLD can no longer be fooled, however, since they come away with an enlightened view of how the political world really works. The practice of non-aggression (honoring our neighbor's choice & righting our wrongs) creates a win-win world. The author, a biomedical researcher who has been called the "conscience of the Libertarian Party," uses quotes from well-known philosophers & sages, humorous cartoons, & plain common sense to show that universal harmony & abundance are well within our grasp. Historical examples illustrate the effectiveness of non-aggression in the most stringent testing ground of all-the real world. To order: SunStar Press, P.O. Box 342, Kalamazoo, MI 49005-0342. Telephone: 616-375-7410.

Zero Waste Home

The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste

Author: Bea Johnson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451697686

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 292

View: 4513

Part inspirational story of how the author transformed her family's life for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing 1 liter per year; part practical guide that gives readers tools & tips to diminish their footprint & simplify their lives. Original.

The Essential Amory Lovins

Selected Writings

Author: Amory B. Lovins,Cameron Burns

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781849712262

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 382

View: 9750

Amory B. Lovins is one of the world's leading authorities on energy, integrative design, and their links with economy, environment, development, and security. This unique collection brings together his most important and influential writings and forms an inspiring resource for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the issues which lie at the heart of sustainability and energy challenges. Featuring work from across his long career spanning energy, design, transport, climate, security, law, mountaineering, politics, proliferation, health, business, biotechnology, physics, and politics, the book explores the relevance of the ideas to the sustainability problems we face today – a relevance which is often [exasperatingly] evident. The collection also includes old and new personal essays on the environment and poignant letters to the editor. The selection shows Lovins' development as an expert in the complex technical fields of energy and resource policy as well as his simple love of the planet we call home. A key 'getting up to speed' text for undergraduate and graduate students on sustainability-related courses, it also arms professionals with the visions and arguments they need to drive through policy and innovation, and is an inspiring read for anyone working in or interested in the field of sustainability.

Making a Green Machine

The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling

Author: Finn Arne Jørgensen

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813550548

Category: Nature

Page: 189

View: 5251

Making a Green Machine examines the development of the Scandinavian beverage container deposit-refund system, which has the highest return rates in the world, from 1970 to present. Finn Arne Jorgensen's comparative framework charts the complex network of business and political actors involved in the development of the reverse vending machine (RVM) and bottle deposit legislation to better understand the different historical trajectories empty beverage containers have taken across markets, including the U.S. The RVM began simply as a tool for grocers who had to handle empty refillable glass bottles, but has become a green machine to redeem the empty beverage container, helping both business and consumers participate in environmental actions.

Winning the Oil Endgame

Innovation for Profits, Jobs and Security

Author: Amory B. Lovins

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 9781844071944

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 306

View: 689

Offers a coherent strategy for ending oil dependence, starting with the United States but applicable worldwide. There are many analyses of the oil problem. This synthesis is the first roadmap of the oil solution, one led by business for profit, not dictated by government for reasons of ideology. This roadmap is independent, peer-reviewed, written for business and military leaders, and co-funded by the Pentagon. It combines innovative technologies and new business models with uncommon public policies: market-oriented without taxes, innovation-driven without mandates, not dependent on major (if any) national legislation, and designed to support, not distort, business logic.

Mid-course Correction

Toward a Sustainable Enterprise :The Interface Model

Author: Ray C. Anderson

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780964595354

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 204

View: 6175

Of value to business people, environmentalists, and educators alike, "Mid-Course Correction" is a business book about the environment that's written from a personal perspective. With passion and pride, Ray Anderson, founder, Chairman, and CEO of one of the world's largest interior furnishings companies, recounts his awakening to the importance of environmental issues and outline the steps his petroleum-dependent company, Atlanta-based Interface, Inc., is taking in its quest to become a sustainable enterprise--on that will never have to take another drop of oil from the earth. Thought-provoking and thoughtful, Anderson's story is told from the heart.