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Building the green economy : success stories from the grassroots

Author: Kevin Danaher; Shannon Biggs; Jason Mark
Publisher: Sausalito, CA : PolipointPress ; [LaVergne, TN] : Distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, ©2007.
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After centuries of economic activity based on extraction, exploitation, and depletion, we now face undeniable environmental threats. New business models that save or restore natural resources are critical, but how can we translate that insight into more sustainable practices? This book shows how community groups, families, and individual citizens have taken action to protect their food and water, clean up their  Read more...
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Danaher, Kevin, 1950-
Building the green economy.
Sausalito, CA : PolipointPress ; [LaVergne, TN] : Distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, ©2007
(OCoLC)654157420
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Danaher; Shannon Biggs; Jason Mark
ISBN: 9780977825363 0977825361
OCLC Number: 144227483
Description: 282 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Sick and tired of living next to (S)hell: Residents force an oil giant to pay for toxic terror --
Conversation: Lois Gibbs --
Sludge busters: Porter, Pennsylvania sets new rules for corporations --
Conversation: Gopal Dyaneni --
What you can do: Neither paper nor plastic --
Green Acres in the Windy City: Urban farming grows food justice in Chicago --
Conversation: Maude Barlow --
Seeds of change: Dakota farmers give Monsanto the boot --
Conversation: Anuradha Mittal --
Loggers and lizards find common ground: Saving an Oregon watershed --
Green revolution: Urban organic agriculture in Cuba --
Street beets: urban farmers get hip to growing --
What you can do: Get it fresh from the farm --
Breaking the chains: Parents and locals transform a juvenile prison --
Conversation: Van Jones --
Participatory budgeting and direct democracy --
Culture shift in the land of the giants: A California county redefines corporate rights --
Conversation: Thomas Linzey, Esq. --
Patriot actions: Citizens organize to defend the Constitution --
What you can do: Take over City Hall --
Give Me an "E"!: Rival colleges compete for sustainability --
Conversation: David Morris --
Beyond hot air: Cities lead the U.S. on tackling climate change --
Conversation: Ben Namikin --
Crude awakening: The peak oil challenge --
Sweden declares independence from oil --
Harnessing the Saudi Arabia of wind: The Rosebud Sioux bring renewable energy to the Dakotas --
What you can do: Plug into the movement --
Putting Mom and Pop first: Utah promotes local business and town character --
Conversation: Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson --
Green grapes: Fetzer Winery cultivates a triple bottom line --
No boss: Worker-owned co-ops redefine "office politics" --
Conversation: Omar Freilla --
"Your business is complete garbage": The TerraCycle story --
Conversation: Michael Shuman --
What you can do: Buy close by --
Conclusion: Building the movement.
Responsibility: Kevin Danaher, Shannon Biggs, Jason Mark.
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After centuries of economic activity based on extraction, exploitation, and depletion, we now face undeniable environmental threats. New business models that save or restore natural resources are critical, but how can we translate that insight into more sustainable practices? This book shows how community groups, families, and individual citizens have taken action to protect their food and water, clean up their neighborhoods, and strengthen their local economies. Their unlikely victories -- over polluters, unresponsive bureaucracies and unexamined routines -- dramatize the opportunities and challenges facing the local green economy movement. Drawing on their extensive experience at Global Exchange and elsewhere, the authors also lay out strategies for a more successful green movement, describe how communities have protected their victories from legal and political challenges, and provide key resources for local activists. Includes conversations with Rocky Anderson, Lois Gibbs, Anuradha Mittal, David Morris, Michael Shuman, and other activists and leaders.

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