Sustainable Land Development Initiative

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The 21st century will overturn many of our previously-held assumptions about civilization. The challenges and opportunities land development stakeholders now face – to fulfill the needs of society and achieve a favorable return on investment without harming the environment – have vast implications on the sustainability of our communities around the world.



SLDI - Sustainable Land Development Initiative is a stakeholder social media association now positioned to help transform the industry that creates the very infrastructure of our civilization. SLDI is dedicated to delivering sustainable land development technology and knowledge resources to promote and enable fully integrated sustainable land development worldwide.

How do we develop a sustainable civilization?
By delivering the "holy grail of sustainable decision making" - a universal geometrical algorithm that balances the needs of people, planet and profit - The SLDI Code™
The World’s First Sustainable Development Decision Model is symbolized as a geometrical algorithm that balances and integrates the triple-bottom line needs of people, planet and profit into a holistic, fractal model that becomes increasingly detailed, guiding effective decisions throughout the community planning, financing, design, regulating, construction and maintenance processes while always enabling project context to drive specific decisions.

SLDI
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Dubuque, IA 52001
563-690-2020
Contact: twernke@sldi.org


SLDI Co-founders:
Terry Mock
Tony Wernke

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Economist Nouriel Roubini, seen here in 2009, spoke about co-ops and the future at the International Summit of Co-operatives in Quebec City. Photograph by: Shannon Stapleton , Reuters file photo

Co-ops: Sustainable Solution for Economic Growth

Nouriel Roubini, the economist from New York University’s Stern School of Business who earned the nickname “Dr. Doom” when his predictions of an economic meltdoom came true in the 2008 recession, sees co-operatives as part of the solution.

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Speed of Ocean Acidification Concerns Scientists

Ocean acidification has happened before sometimes with large consequences for marine ecosystems. But within the last 300 million years, never has the rate of ocean acidification been to fast.

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Sea Ice Melting at Alarming Rate

June saw the largest loss of sea ice since we’ve been keeping records. What can we do to halt the melt?

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Ecosystem Based Management Comes to Southern Oregon Port

The Ecosystem-Based Management summit goals were to increase participant knowledge, decrease duplicate efforts, and encourage partnerships within the area in order to share resources.

Sustainable America Series Part 3: Discovery of Pre-Columbian Maya Mountain Village in North America

By Richard Thornton – Architect, Planner and noted Historian The controversial recent discovery of the Track Rock Terrace complex on the tallest mountain in Georgia came as a surprise ending to seven years of research by Richard Thornton, a Creek Indian architect and city planner who had devoted much of his 40-year career to research … Continued

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Retail Construction Starts will Stay at Record Lows until Debt Maturities are Resolved

By Elaine Misonzhnik The recent opening of Taubman Centers’ new mall in Salt Lake City might have marked a nice symbolic moment for the retail real estate industry, but it’s not about to usher in a new era of construction abandon. In spite of a slight rebound in retail real estate fundamentals, U.S. developers still feel skittish … Continued

Ocean Frontiers – The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship

In February, Sustainable Land Development Initiative and Ocean Mountain Ranch – a SLDI carbon-negative project providing a model for sustainable forest and wildlife habitat management, integrated with mixed-use development activities – co-hosted the world premiere of Ocean Frontiers, a feature-length movie which captures the compelling stories of a number of ocean pioneers — people who are … Continued

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Sustainable Tourism: A Key to Global Solutions

When most people think of tourism, they probably don’t think about an industry that can contribute to global solutions for the difficult challenges facing the planet. But they should.

The old conservation model isn't working to save the planet. Here's a provocative look at how integrating preservation and development can make it more effective. Photo Credit: K. Moore

A New Conservation Ethic for the 21st Century

By Peter Kareiva, Robert Lalasz and Michelle Marvier By its own measures, conservation is failing. Biodiversity on Earth continues its rapid decline. We continue to lose forests in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. There are so few wild tigers and apes that they will be lost forever if current trends continue. Simply put, we are … Continued

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Building a Sustainable Future Requires More than Science

Contrary to popular belief, humans have failed to address the earth’s worsening emergencies of climate change, species’ extinction and resource overconsumption not because of a lack of information, but because of a lack of imagination, social scientists and artists say.

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Perspectives on Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet

The Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institution’s Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet are hosting a symposium on March 1, 2012 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launching of Limits to Growth, the first report to the Club of Rome published in 1972.