In 1992, a warning to humanity was released by more than 1500 of the world's senior scientists, among them a majority of all living Nobel prize laureates in the sciences. It ended: "The earth is finite. Its ability to absorb wastes and destructive effluent is finite. Its ability to provide food and energy is finite. Its ability to provide for growing numbers of people is finite. And we are fast approaching many of the earth's limits. No more than one or a few decades remain before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity immeasurably diminished. A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required." -Union of Concerned Scientists
Based on a growing body of data, there is an urgent need to convert existing communities and develop new communities for true sustainability. In the first decades of the 21st Century, urban renovation and new town developments worldwide can realize significant short and long term benefits from green design methodologies that combine ecological architecture with sustainable construction, maintenance, energy technologies and resources. Federal and civic agencies, industry and academic research groups, developers, architects and urban designers, marketers of green products and services, urban renovation projects and experimental "intentional communities" are all interested in fostering a broader understanding and application of green design resources. These entities are in need of interaction and information-exchange to rapidly accelerate a new urban development paradigm. The Green Community Network is being developed by a circle of independent experts to fill this need, with an Internet-based information hub, a publishing and media production program, a series of exchange programs and international conferences.
The Green Community Network will present comprehensive information on:
• New Urbanism
• Green Building
• Energy Efficient Homes and Villages
• Infill Development
The Network will also develop constantly updated databases of:
• Major intentional communities, eco-villages and green urban development projects
• Green lending and financial institutions
• Ecological design resources
• Green products for consumers and developers
• Associations and institutions addressing the sustainable development movement
Interested parties should contact the Green Century Institute managing director Michael Gosney.
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