We are going down a new path – we need a new set of goals – this is a DRAFT – thoughts and comments welcome
Renewable energy : we will be energy independent
Carbon neutral : we will offset any fossil fuels we use through tree planting and open space programs
Distributed infrastructure: we will shift to small-scale, neighborhood based systems of water supply, waste disposal, and energy generation
Environment : We will restore all streams, have zero storm run-off, conserve soil and water, and have great air quality; we will adapt to a changed climate
Closed loop: we will have zero waste, either through recycling or waste-to-energy generation
Place based : we will consume locally grown food and our buildings and infrastructure will be produced from local materials
Local Economy: we will utilize local production, networks, and a local currency
Community: every person will have the opportunity to connect to the community; we will build only mixed income and mixed-use neighborhoods
Transportation: we will give priority to non-motorized and shared transit
Success in these areas will ensure that we are as invulnerable as possible to the shocks that will occur.
Each one of these areas is also a business opportunity. But they are different opportunities from the World War 2 model we’ve been working under for 65 years: big and centralized is better. Yes, for storming the beaches at Normandy and Iwo Jima big and centralized was better, but now big and centralized is just vulnerable. And that’s a security issue for us nationally and personally. Today, small and local is best.