- Series: MIT Press
- Paperback: 462 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press (May 22, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 026262124X
- ISBN-13: 978-0262621243
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,127,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today's Environmental Problems
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Lerner, research director of Commonweal, a health and environmental research institute, continues exploring the themes he introduced in The Earth Summit (Common Knowledge, 1991) and Beyond the Earth Summit (Common Knowledge, 1992). He presents 25 case studies on sustainable development in the United States, showcasing the efforts of "eco-pioneers" in diverse settings from inner cities to rural communities to grow food, build houses, treat wastes, and generate power in sustainable ways. The result is a nice compilation of practical examples of sustainable development that makes us believe that we can solve our environmental problems. Recommended for general collections where there is a demand.?Teresa Berry, Univ. of Tennesee Lib., Knoxville
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One of the challenges in building a sustainable global economy is to find out what works and then let people know about it. That's what this book does.(Lester R. Brown, President, Worldwatch Institute)
Who says sustainable development is just an attractive theory? In a series of fascinating profiles of 25 eco-pioneers, Steve Lerner highlights a range of economically attractive alternatives to the unsustainable practices that are undermining the prospects for our common future. A real page-turner.(Jim MacNeill, Chairman of the Board, IISD)
Lerner's eco-pioneers are ideal ambassadors for sustainable development. Through technology, economy, and environmental innovation, they are improving their lives and the lives of their communities. They are a shining example of leadership and living proof that sustainable development will continue to take root across the U.S. and around the world.(Timothy E. Wirth, Under Secretary for Global Affairs)
If you want to know who's doing the most creative hands-on work on sustainability, read Steve Lerner's Eco-Pioneers and get set to be inspired. Twenty-five action-oriented case studies show how progress can be made toward sustainable living -- from how we do farming, forestry, and architecture to how we revitalize polluted and decaying urban areas.(Brent Blackwelder, President, Friends of the Earth)
Eco-Pioneers is truely a book for out times. Steve Lerner approaches the issue of sustainability thoughtfully and comprehensively. By way of eminently readable stories, he gives examples of people putting the concept of sustainable living into practice. I not only enjoyed reading it, I learned something about the practical implementation of environmental principles.(John H. Adams, Executive Director, Natural Resources Defense Council; Member, President's Council of Sustainable Development)
A compilation of some of the most imaginative ideas for addressing today's environmental problems. Steve Lerner has managed to harness some of the best minds working at the ground level to conceptualize ingenious and resourceful solutions for dealing with the urgent problems facing the environment today. Ideas like these will shape the future of our environment.(Fred Krupp, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund)
This engaging, unpretentious book suggests active, do-it-yourself environmentalism is alive and well in grassroots America.(Frederic Golden San Francisco Chronicle)
For sustainability to move from theory to practice, it requires the dedication and creativity Steve Lerner discovered in his 10,000 mile odyssey. Like the road to sustainability itself, Steve's journey circles back to show that American virtures such as gumption, ingenuity and unyielding persistance can once again revolutionize the world.(Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce)
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After finishing all of the thought-provoking case studies, you just might feel empowered enough to search for a solution to some problem in your part of the world. Lerner does not feel confident that corporations and governments will solve the global crisis that we might see. Individual people -- and their innovations -- will be the collective answer, one region at a time, one city at a time. Lerner hints that the future of ecological prosperity rests in the able hands of these enterpreneurs.
However, there is no real and practical push for the reader to get started in local projects. The value of the book is more of a passive inspirational tool than an active instrument for leaders. The book leads by example[s], but it does not implore the reader to get out and do what has been chronicled. Also, because the book is based in the grassroots of the nation, it is difficult to determine if a message exists for big business. Perhaps what corporate America can do is to find these innovators and pioneers in their own companies, and give them the freedom and the tools (like time, money, and resources) to become agents of change for their employers and for their own communities.