in the 21st Century-Building a Sustainable World
Summit - March 2001
2001: Journey to Success"
1: Gaytha A. Langlois, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Studies
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activity taking place within the limits of the
to supply resources and assimilate wastes;
leave behind a livable world for future generations"
and wise use of resources
Management (including reuse & recycling)
is no such thing as a "waste" - just a resource for which a use has not
prevention is cheaper than remediation
pollution costs for short-term goals is not good for the planet - we will
just pay later.
can flow through clean businesses just as easily as through dirty production
systems - profit is profit.
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and cynicism among members of democratic societies
of consensus about the future
politics - the "urgent" often displaces the "important"
planning view - often dominated by near-sighted, reactive decision makers
to value natural resources ("natural capital")
and use research findings about resource depletion, pollution prevention
technologies, energy efficiency, and waste recycling applications.
an attitude of managing matrials from basic resources to finished products,
and beyond, to reincorporate manufacturing wastes and post-use discards
as "recycled" materials into new products.
an energy audit of all operations and move toward alternative renewable
pollution prevention programs for all businesses.
ISO 14001 certification for your business.
forward from reactive laws addressing retroactively the problems of past
damage, toward future-oriented laws focusing on pollution prevention, resource
management, and research activities.
long-range planning that encompasses economic and ecologic realities.
Copyright March 2001
A. Langlois, Ph.D.
College, Smithfield, RI 02917
Updated January 21, 2012