Archive for March, 2010

what Hawai`i deciders need to know about sustainability

sus juggle

We're seeing lots of programs and designs these days that boast "innovative sustainability features".

Pinch me! A few short years ago, the "S" word was still too "hot" for polite company.

Now, much of our conversation about sustainability leaves me cold. Why? Because we don't know what we're talking about.

Here are some quick tips for what we should be talking about: Sustainability is about wholes, not parts. It's about limits, not increments. It's about relationships, not things. It's about all three spheres. It's not what we think, it's how.

Published by Ken on March 19th, 2010 tagged Island Ecosystems | 1 Comment »

another ooops story: of road salt and watersheds

road salt impacts

My grandots in snow country will love this one! It's a real howler about our "system blindness". And about how un-sustainability means doing all the wrong things.

Wudja believe all that road salt we spread for "safety" purposes actually ends up somewhere our groundwater and streams. (You mean there is no "away" place we can throw this stuff?) Duh!

Yet, it took these new studies from Toronto and Minneapolis to make us realize road salt is a huge mistake (via treehugger).

Nor is this just about the impacts on aquatic life and drinking water. It's also about destroying roads, shortening the life of cars, and killing vegetation. WTF?

Published by Ken on March 5th, 2010 tagged Best Practices, Ecosystems Research, Island Ecosystems, Systems Thinking | 1 Comment »