Conflicted Thoughts…

I’m a new resident of the Island, but worked in Sustainability consulting here back at the turn of the millennium.  So I find it very interesting that on November 11, 2009, Bainbridge’s Chamber of Commerce adopted Resolution 2009-01.

It’s a fairly simple declaration that to paraphrase, states it’s adopting the four points of the Natural Step. Here the link: http://www.bainbridgechamber.com/pdfs/bicc_res.pdf

Having spent the better part of a decade thinking, researching and investigating the concept of sutainability,  I know that Karl-Henrik Robert’s 4 system conditions are still the best thought tools for elucidating the concept:

In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing:

concentrations of substances extracted from the Earth’s crust;
concentrations of substances produced by society;
degradation by physical means and, in that society,
people are not subject to conditions that systematically undermine their capacity to meet their needs

    I had the pleasure of having dinner with Mr. Robert back then, and having spent time with many of the thought leaders during that year as well.  However, I’ll admit to being a bit of a preservationist so when I see towns adopting these parameters I ask myself, did they really, really mean it?  I found it also quite ironic that the Chambers location is currently under going change as it will eventually be consumed by the new Island Gateway project.  Which itself makes claims to being sustainable.  More thoughts later.

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