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Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today's Environmental Problems

By: Steve Lerner

462 pages, 45 b/w photos

MIT Press

Paperback | Sep 1998 | #86538 | ISBN: 026262124X
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Hardback | Dec 1997 | #68501 | ISBN: 0262122073
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This book provides case studies of eco-pioneers who are exploring sustainable ways to reduce the pace of environmental degredation.Some of those profiled run businesses, some address environmental practices within their immediate community, and some combine their environmental concerns with social goals such as the creation of inner-city jobs. They are creating ways of living and working that many analysts believe to be essential to an ecologically sustainable future.

This engaging, unpretentious book suggests active, do-it-yourself environmentalism is alive and well in grassroots America. --Frederic Golden, San Francisco Chronicle


The search for low-impact building materials and techniques, Pliny Fisk III; Bringing native plants back to the American lawn, Lorrie Otto; Greenhouse treatment of municipal sewage, John Todd; The new frugality movement promotes living better by consuming less, Vick Robin, Joe Dominguez; Environmental solutions to inner-city problems, Scott Bernstein; A utility company switches from nuclear power to energy conservation, renewable energy, and electric vehicles, S. david Freeman; Breeding naturally coloured organic cotton eliminates the need for toxic dyes and pesticides, Sally Fox; Mining the discard supply, Daniel Knapp;Returning to selective forestry after the failure of clearcutting, Walton Smith; Transforming hazardous wastes into useful industrial materials, Christopher Nagel, William Haney III; Urban rooftop agriculture, Paul Mankiewicz; Transforming Chattanooga into environmental city, David Crockett; Redesigning buildings and building materials for environmentally intelligent architecture, William McDonough; Moving out of the flood plain and designing an environmentally sustainable community, (New Pattonsburg, Missouri); Promoting ecologically sustainable businesses in west coast temperate rain forests, Alana Probst; Students swap protests for practical work building an ecologically sustainable campus, Daniel Einstein, David Eagan; Western cattle rancher experiments with sustainable techniques, Jack Turnell; The mothers of east Los Angeles conserve water, protect the neighbourhood, and create jobs, Juana Beatriz Gutierrez; Sustainable agriculture takes root among family farmers in Iowa, Ron Rosmann; Zunis launch a sustainable action plan to manage tribal resources, James Enote; Saving the seed - rescuing important foods and medicinal crops from extinction, Kenny Ausubel; Cleaning up and reusing abandoned and contaminated industrial sites, (eco-justice activists); Helping families minimize environmental impact one household at a time, David Gershom; Two approaches to restoring trashed urban rivers, Thomas Schueler, Robert Boone; A green priest preaches about the need to protect god's creation, The Reverend Jeffrey Golliher.

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Steve Lerner is the author of Eco-Pioneers: Practical Visionaries Solving Today's Environmental Problems 1998) and Diamond: A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor (2005), both published by the MIT Press.

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