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

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The idea for Eco-Pioneers came to Steve Lerner while he was attending the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Although he was moved by the vision of sustainable development evoked by citizens and officials at the summit, as a reporter he felt a need to put a human face on the rhetoric and find out what sustainable development actually looks like in the United States. He spent the next four years searching out what he came to call "eco-pioneers"—the modern pathfinders who are working in the American pragmatic tradition to reduce the pace of environmental degradation. These practical visionaries are people who are willing to push the limits of whatever tools they can find for dealing with ecological problems.

Lerner provides case studies of eco-pioneers who are exploring sustainable ways to log forests, grow food, save plant species, run cattle, build houses, clean up cities, redesign rural communities, generate power, conserve water, protect rivers and wildlife, treat hazardous waste, reuse materials, and reduce both waste and consumption. 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. Together they are creating ways of living and working that many analysts believe to be essential to an ecologically sustainable future.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [399]-414) and index.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262122078
Subtitle:
Practical Visionaries Solving Today's Environmental Problems
Foreword:
Lash, Jonathan
Foreword:
Lash, Jonathan
Author:
Lerner, Steve
Author:
Lash, Jonathan
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Engineering - Environmental
Subject:
Conservation of natural resources
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Environmentalists
Subject:
Environmental degradation
Subject:
Environmentalists -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Environmental engineers
Subject:
Environmental Engineering & Technology
Subject:
Environmental - General
Subject:
Sustainable development -- United States.
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 220
Publication Date:
19970815
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
45
Pages:
476
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.4 in 1.85 lb

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