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Our Vision is that through the traditional grass-roots public outreach of civil society and accessible online tools for research, evaluation and remembrance, collaborative communities of learning and practice will emerge around the goals of developing a sustainable future.
The Mission of Eco-Logos is to facilitate the creation of a Sustainability Index Rating and Knowledge Management System - A Knowledge Ecology & Sustainability Index (KESI) for local communities engaged in developing local sustainability initiatives.
The KESI Project will help plan, design and implement a Web-Enabled Sustainability Index Rating and Knowledge Management System (SIR-KMS). As an application of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Sustainable Development (SD), the SIR-KMS will provide a template for a community to create a Knowledge Ecology & Sustainability Index (KESI). This is a tool for compiling, analyzing and managing relative sustainability indices of the natural, social and economic systems in a community.
Our primary purpose is providing a tool for developing locally derived and regionally verifiable Information for Decision-Making.
It is the contention of Eco-Logos LLC that the means to successfully transform a community to practices of sustainable development, to engage the mechanisms of evaluation, to the development of sustainability index metrics and to direct individual accountability must emerge from grass roots community action. Further, this action must be able to be aggregated into more comprehensive levels of organization whereby verification and dissemination can occur. Verification and dissemination in larger organizational ecologies will equate specific locally derived indices of sustainability to established indices and modes inherent in regional, national and global initiatives. Bridging the information gap between community actions, where the real practice of sustainability occurs, and regional, national and global initiatives, is the foundation and objective of the KESI project.
Sustainable Development, in it's simplest definition and in its
current popular usage means " Development that meets
the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future
generations to meet their own needs ." This is from
the United Nations appointed international commission report "Our
Common Future", published in 1987, known as " The
Brundtland Report ". It triggered the UN " Earth
Summits " in 1992 and 2002, the International Climate
Change Convention and the worldwide " Agenda
21 " program. All strategies for "sustainable development" -
ways to improve human well-being in the short term without threatening
the local and global environment in the long term. The Brundtland
Report inspired many towns and cities in Northern Europe to initiate
the Brundtland City Energy Network in 1990. This Network has taken
energy use as a starting point for action, much in the same way
the Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) and Bennington Energy
"A network is nonhierarchical. It is a web of connections
among equals. What holds it together is not force, obligation,
material incentive, or social contract, but rather shared values
and the understanding that some tasks can be accomplished together
that could never be accomplished separately. One of the important
purposes of a network is simply to remind its members that they
are not alone."
A source for this objective is found in the United Nations Environmental Program Agenda 21, a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human activities impact on the environment. Agenda 21 was adopted by more than 178 Governments, including the United States, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) - The Earth Summit - held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992. The full implementation of Agenda 21 was strongly reaffirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 4 September 2002.
"In sustainable development, everyone is a user and provider of information considered in the broad sense. That includes data, information, appropriately packaged experience and knowledge. The need for information arises at all levels, from that of senior decision makers at the national and international levels to the grass-roots and individual levels."
National (USA) -
Between June 1993 and June 1999, the President's Council on Sustainable Development advised President Clinton on sustainable development. The PCSD developed bold, new approaches to achieve economic, environmental, and equity goals. The PCSD is no longer part of the current administration, but their archived material and documents can be found on the National Archives and Records Administration web site, HERE.
The PCSD's Final Report to the President: Towards a Sustainable America: Advancing Prosperity, Opportunity, and a Healthy Environment for the 21st Century, May 1999 (PDF) provides the following vision:
The PCSD VISION STATEMENT -
In Towards a Sustainable America , the President's Council on Sustainable Development recommends over 140 specific actions Americans can take to realize a new prosperity for our families and communities.
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