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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.

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Tony Wernke

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Recent Articles

SLDI Foundational Primer

| Wednesday September 22nd, 2010 | 0 Comments

The following sequence of articles provides an introduction to the SLDI perspective.

1. Breaking New Ground: How George Washington’s Land Development Ideas Shaped Sustainability

The idea of starting “a New American Revolution for Sustainability” was born in 2005 in Washington D.C. as industry experts attended a national conference where keynote speaker William McDonough used his bully pulpit to call for a “Cradle to Cradle” approach to land development. Following McDonough’s speech, a seedling from the oldest known tree in the world was gifted to the Washington National Cathedral by land development representatives who later toured George Washington’s National Masonic Memorial and his Mount Vernon estate.
This is the story of Washington’s life you didn’t read about in your history books.

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Sustainable Hope and Help amid a Sea of Despair and Demands

Amid all the bad news and demands being placed on the President-elect Obama transition team this holiday season, Sustainable Land Development International (SLDI) offers a reason to hope for the future by formally submitting its offer of assistance to help boost the team’s economic recovery plan and policy agenda – and save the country billions in the process.

SLDI is a cooperatively-owned organization of entrepreneurial developers, engineers, builders, planners, architects, financiers, attorneys, and others in private and public service, who deliver practical land development solutions to some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues the country faces. In answer to the President-elect’s call to “join in the work of remaking the nation.”, in a formal proposal to the Obama team, the organization has offered a public-private partnership, its Sustainable Land Development Best Practices System and the breadth of its research and collective knowledge to combat the country’s economic woes, enhance environmental stewardship and increase social responsibility – all at the same time.

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Building a Bridge to a New Global Culture

| Wednesday September 8th, 2010 | 13 Comments

By Terry Mock
Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev

As the first year of SLDI publication of this magazine draws to a close, I want to take a look back at where the sustainable land development movement has come from, along with offering a new prediction of where we go from here.

In the summer of 1995, as a co-founder and the first (and only) land developer past-president of the non-profit Florida Native Plant Society, I was asked to write an article for the Society’s quarterly publication – The Palmetto. Following are excerpts from that article, which provides a snap shot of a time 13 years ago. You be the judge of whether there has been movement toward more informed decisions about the future, toward a plan that I called at the time, “the coming restorative economy.”

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The Flooding Solution is in the Land

| Wednesday September 8th, 2010 | 5 Comments

By James Patchett

Major flood events can be traced to land-use practices, including modern agricultural methods.

The occurrence of flood events such as those that have ravaged the Midwest—most notably the two, 500-year floods in 1993 and 2008—were not “natural” disasters, as some contend. These, as well as other cases of chronic flooding can be directly connected to contemporary urban, suburban, and rural-agricultural, land-use practices.

Long-term solutions to chronic problems associated with water must address land-use practices that extend beyond urban and suburban environments into the predominantly agricultural watershed. If cost effective, ecologically restorative solutions are not incorporated into agricultural environments, river communities will continue to be subject to frequent, costly flooding no matter how many flood reduction or protection measures are implemented within their municipal boundaries.

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Seeing Through the Cycles

| Wednesday September 8th, 2010 | 0 Comments

By Tony Wernke
Follow Tony on Twitter: @Sustainable4U

People, planet and profit are all suffering these days, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. 

Like never before, the land development industry is rife with uncertainty. Professionals are being hit hard from all sides. The economic downturn is creating challenges to just about everyone’s business model, the environmentally-driven issues impacting our work are at levels never experienced before, and the public’s perception of the value the industry is delivering is at an all-time low.

As these cycles continue, one thing is clear. The time has come for professionals throughout the industry to embrace a new direction. It turns out that the direction for which the industry is overwhelmingly advocating (derived from extensive industry research and feedback over the last three years) is incredibly consistent with the visionary perspectives of perhaps our country’s greatest hero and the father of modern land development, George Washington. Recognizing Washington’s actions (as explored in a December 2005 article that appeared in Land Development Today titled Breaking New Ground) help to light our way down a path of true sustainability – one where people, planet, and profit all are considered equally in decision models.

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A Strategic Plan For Sustainable Land Development

| Wednesday September 8th, 2010 | 0 Comments

A holistic strategic perspective enables the greatest results within each of the specialized areas of land development. As such, the following foundational objectives buoy all three legs of sustainable land development.

  1. Create a sustainable development industry-dominant brand;
  2. Implement sustainable development certification programs for individuals and projects;
  3. Integrate aesthetic values with scientific facts to maximize the achievement of sustainable land development.

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Sustainable Land Development Defined

| Wednesday September 8th, 2010 | 0 Comments

When the term “sustainable” is mentioned, people are often unsure of its context and/or skeptical of the motivation behind its use. Having been primarily used in an environmental context, Wikipedia defines sustainability as, “a characteristic of a process or state that can be maintained at a certain level indefinitely. The term, in its environmental usage, refers to the potential longevity of vital human ecological support systems, such as the planet’s climatic system, systems of agriculture, industry, forestry, and fisheries, and human communities in general and the various systems on which they depend.”

SLDI’s perspective encompasses more than just environmental sustainability. Here’s how SLDI defines sustainable land development:

All of the content which follows is developed from this holistic foundational definition.

 

Republished from January, 2008 issue of Sustainable Land Development Today magazine.

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Collaborative Innovation is the Answer

Terry Mock, SLDI Co-founder

By Terry Mock
Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev

January 31, 2008

The cover on Newsweek magazine this week is titled “The Road to Recession.” This title signals what many land developers have known for some time – an unavoidable recession has already started.

The economic news coming out of the annual World Economic Forum, which has just concluded in Davos, Switzerland, is not good.

Nouriel Roubini, an influential professor of economics and international business, is quoted in the Times, U.K. as saying that it is not whether there will be a soft landing or a hard landing in the US, but rather how hard will the landing be. Further, he contends that the recession is going to be deeper, will last at least four quarters and will be severe

“We know booms and busts are aspects of capitalism and have been so historically. Many of them have been driven by a technological innovation–whether it was the railroad or the Internet–and they may create bubbles, fraud and eventual losses. But they are also driven by real innovation,” he is quoted to say in the article.

“This latest crisis we see today differs from such historical examples in two important elements. First, with housing there was no technological revolution of any sort. We still build homes basically the same way we did 50 years ago. The innovation in this instance was financial…,” he concluded.

So, if financial innovation has led us into the latest bust phase of the business cycle, can another type of innovation lead us out? According to Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, “Collaborative innovation is needed to unlock the future as the world is facing a variety of challenges”.

This need for collaborative innovation is also becoming acutely obvious in the land development industry, as stated by SLDI President Tony Wernke in his latest SLDT article Seeing Through the Cycles.

“Individually, we are at the mercy of the rest of the world. Together, we can achieve the necessary vision of a truly sustainable future that embodies a triple-bottom-line perspective,” Wernke stated.

Your participation and comments are welcome.

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Wecome to SLDI

Terry Mock, SLDI Co-founder

By Terry Mock
Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev

January 2008

The formation of the first land development industry organization focused on sustainability was announced during the recent Land Development Breakthroughs Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sustainable Land Development International (SLDI) is an industry-led, cooperatively-owned organization of stakeholders joining together for a common purpose: to promote land development around the world that balances the needs of people, planet and profit – for today and future generations. Formed as a result of strong industry interest in taking the lead on sustainability issues, SLDI will utilize the proven business platforms provided by Land Development Breakthroughs conferences and workshops, as well as Sustainable Land Development Today magazine, to provide the following benefits to the land development profession:  

  • an enhanced ability to develop effective relationships throughout the development process;
  • ability to gain knowledge from a centralized and comprehensive resource to facilitate a holistic development process;
  • ready opportunities to implement the body of knowledge in ways that create economic value for all stakeholders;
  • available technologies that create real value throughout the holistic development process;
  • positive public relations opportunities.

In order to fulfill its vision, SLDI has been organized as a member-owned, for-profit cooperative. Industry professionals have the chance to join SLDI as a member to gain knowledge, recognition, and valuable industry product and service opportunities. Members then have the right to achieve ownership status in the organization, providing a strong built-in motivational tool and competitive advantage in the marketplace.

As SLDI co-founder and a land developer for over 30 years, I believe it is an opportune time for the land development industry to step up and take responsibility for the sustainability of our civilization. Look for more complete information in the upcoming January issue of Sustainable Land Development Today magazine, or refer to the informational links below.

Your participation and comments are welcome.

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Sustainability = Higher Value

Terry Mock, SLDI Co-founder

By Terry Mock
Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev

February 28, 2008
The concept that land development projects which meet standards of sustainability should have a higher value than ones that do not is an idea that has been discussed for some time now. Evidence that the talk is turning into action is beginning to surface around the world, as indicated in this month’s issue of Responsible Investor magazine which quotes Paul McNamara, chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, in an interview on

Citigroup’s 10 year, US $20 billion pledge climate change commitment exemplifies strategies employed by financial firms. Bank of America has made a similar 10 year, US$20 billion and will support activities such as the development and financing of ‘green’ buildings, advising clients participating in carbon markets, lending to support development of low carbon and low emissions technologies and favorable lending rates for mortgage customers whose homes meet certain energy efficiency standards. Ceres is a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges. As part of this mission, Ceres launched and coordinates the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), an alliance of leading U.S. institutional investors that collectively manage over $4 trillion in assets.

The concept of sustainability is also embedded in the insurance business through the practice of risk management and underwriting. The core function of insurance – to transfer risk – entails that the insurance industry plays a critical role in mitigating the adverse economic, social and environmental consequences of financial losses arising from fortuitous events. This role is particularly evident during the occurrence of major natural catastrophes and man-made disasters that are becoming increasingly frequent.

As concluded by SLDI President, Industry Relations, Greg Yoko, in his February The Last Word article, “With the financial stakeholders in our industry adopting sustainability, it will certainly help the private developers become more comfortable with designing and implementing sustainable projects.”

Your participation and comments are welcome.

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Meet the Needs of the New Generation

Terry Mock, SLDI Co-founder

By Terry Mock
Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev

April 2, 2008
In cities around the world, leaders are realizing that their economic futures hinge, not so much on luring new companies to town or on economic development strategies of the past, but on their ability to engage the next generation of professionals. As described in the Business Facilities magazine article, “Capturing the Creative Class”, this new generation includes “creative professionals” who work in healthcare, business, and finance, for example, and the “super-creative core,” which includes scientists, engineers, and innovators, as well as artists, designers, writers, and musicians. This class is projected to be the core force of growth in our future economy, and will add millions of jobs in the next decade.

Rankings show that Austin, Texas, leads the U.S. in a “creativity index”, as measured by patents per capita; high-tech industry; and diversity, followed by San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Raleigh-Durham, Portland, Minneapolis, Washington-Baltimore, Sacramento, and Denver. Austin has worked hard to provide a broad creative ecosystem, founded on a 1994 Sustainable Development Resolution with the ultimate goal of making Austin a model “Sustainable City”, and other pro-active efforts like the city’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, which exists to help the greater Austin region achieve economic prosperity, social justice, and ecological health – the highest possible quality of life in the best possible environment.

These are lofty and difficult to achieve goals, as documented by the Austin-based Center for Sustainable Development, a research center of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas, that has published a recent report, Local Government Efforts to Promote the “Three Es” of Sustainable, which indicates that despite the familiarity with the concept of sustainability, sustainable development has not emerged as a planning paradigm for most cities across the U.S.

Now is the time for you to get serious about learning how to apply the principles of sustainable development. Join with Sustainable Land Development International,the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, and other industry leaders in Austin for the next Land Development Breakthroughs Leadership Conference to help achieve economic prosperity, social justice, and ecological health.

Your participation and comments are welcome.

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Haiti & Deepening Perspectives on Sustainable Land Development

Terry Mock, SLDI Co-founder

By Terry Mock
Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev

January 2010

As we started to publish this issue, Haiti was devastated by yet another catastrophic event that literally drives the inevitable outcome of unsustainable land development into the ground. Beyond the immediate relief efforts, perhaps now is the time to seriously consider restoring a sustainable Haiti.

This past month, three other ground-breaking events provided differing, yet deepening perspectives to the discourse on sustainable land development. Interestingly, all of these events become well integrated when looked at through the holistic lens of SLDI and The SLDI Code™.

Opening to critical acclaim and unprecedented commercial success, James Cameron’s 3-D movie spectacle Avatar has become the fastest film to reach $1 billion in box office receipts. Here’s the plot set up – In 2154, the profit-focused RDA corporation is unsustainably mining Pandora, a lush, Earth-like moon of another planet. Pandora is inhabited by the Na’vi, a sapient species who has adapted to integrate their lives in ways that sustain their planet. The Na’vi resist the colonists’ expansion, which threatens the continued existence of the Na’vi and their ecosystem – sort of like Dances with Wolves meets Star Wars.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Charles C. Mann sets the record straight with a new nonfiction book released this past month that provides a fascinating look at the real lives of ancient Meso-American people – Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491. This is an adaptation of Mann’s best-selling nonfiction book 1491, which turned everything I had previously learned about American history on its head by demonstrating that a growing number of anthropologists and archaeologists now believe that the Western Hemisphere before Columbus’s arrival was well-populated and dotted with impressive cities and towns – one scholar estimated that it held a hundred million people or more – more than lived in Europe at the time. The Indians had transformed vast swaths of landscape to meet their agricultural needs by using fire to create prairies for increased game production, and had also cultivated at least part of the forest, living on crops of fruits and nuts.

The contentious debate over what the ecosystem looked like before Columbus arrived has important ramifications for how we sustainably manage the landscape of the future – one which many environmentalists may not like to hear. According to Mann -

Guided by the pristine myth, mainstream environmentalists want to preserve as much of the world’s land as possible in a putatively intact state. But “intact,” if the new research is correct, means “run by human beings for human purposes.” Environmentalists dislike this, because it seems to mean that anything goes. In a sense they are correct. Native Americans managed the continent as they saw fit. Modern nations must do the same. If they want to return as much of the landscape as possible to its 1491 state, they will have to find it within themselves to create the world’s largest garden.

And finally, green building certification programs today pay scant attention to landscaping, but they should, according to the Sustainable Sites Initiative, which has just announced release of “the world’s first rating system for the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable landscapes.” For the next two years the program will be tried out on test projects nationwide in order to fine-tune the landscaping standards. This and other certification programs fit well within the scope of The SLDI Code™ and SLDI embraces their development. In fact, SLDI pilot project Ocean Mountain Ranch has applied to participate in the Sustainable Sites Initiative as a portion of its pilot phase participation in The SLDI Code™ best practices system.

Your participation and comments are welcome.

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Related Stewardship Links

SLDI Sets Sights on Haiti
One Island – Two Worlds
‘Avatar’ the movie from Wikipedia
Official ‘Avatar’ website
‘Avatar’ has News Corp seeing green
‘1491’ by Charles C Mann
The Pristine Myth Interview
The Sustainable Sites Initiative
The White House Grounds Are Greening
National Mall Plans for Sustainable Sites Initiative
Sustainable Sites for Roads

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Will Abu Dhabi Help Create a Sustainable Dubai?

Terry Mock, SLDI Co-founder

By Terry Mock
Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev

December 2009

As editorialized here in a previous column, if ever there was an urban area anywhere on Earth that epitomized the excesses of the boom years between 2002 and 2007, it has to be Dubai. A sign that this large-scale land development extravaganza was veering to unsustainable excess should have been Dubai’s decision to erect a 200-story building that would make it the world’s tallest structure. Other telltale signs should have been Dubai’s determination to build the world’s largest man-made artificial islands as well as a major ski resort in the desert – all developed with dwindling oil reserves, and without a source of sustainable food, fresh water or energy production for its burgeoning class-based society.

Now the financial bubble has burst and Dubai World, the emirate’s largest state-owned conglomerate, has requested a “standstill” of subsidiary real estate company Nakheel’s bondholders. The crisis in Dubai has gone beyond debt and become one surrounding the credibility of its leadership. Dubai World’s failure to honor its obligations has shaken faith among the international investment community in the emirate’s normally ebullient promotion of over-the-top, land-development practices. Dubai’s oil-rich banker brother, Abu Dhabi, is now in a position to require a price for restoring faith that is likely to be much more than just prudent borrowing and greater transparency. It is likely to be a demand for a restructuring at the top and a return to more sustainable principles.

Less than 100 miles away from the broken dream of Dubai World, a new city based on a very different dream is rising in Abu Dhabi. Being built from the ground up with sustainable living in mind, Masdar City “…will bring together the best-of-breed clean technologies: building-integrated solar photovoltaics and solar glass, solar hot water systems, smart grid technology, electric transportation, power storage, sustainable agriculture and vertical farming, water recycling and desalination, low-energy HVAC, green building materials, waste-to-energy systems… essentially everything but wind energy.”

Hopefully, under Abu Dhabi’s new guiding influence, Dubai will adopt a more sustainable development model that pursues a better balanced, triple-bottom-line return for the long-term benefit of all stakeholders. Earlier in this year of unprecedented crisis and opportunity, SLDI offered to newly-elected US President Barack Obama, and now respectfully submits to the UAE – the World’s 1st Sustainable Land Development Best Practices System that balances and integrates the needs of people, planet and profit into a holistic model that helps land development projects achieve greater success in each area.

Your participation and comments are welcome.

Insight Into The UAE
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Confidence Will Never Return In Dubai
Upstart Dubai Turns To Staid Abu Dhabi for Aid
What Will Abu Dhabi Buy With Its Bailout?
Troubles Play into Abu Dhabi’s Hands
What Dubai Can Learn From Vegas
Abu Dhabi Realty Perturbed By Dubai World Crisis?
Welcome To Masdar City
Masdar City Offers $150,000 Prize For Sustainable Concrete Mix

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Show Me the Money

Terry Mock, SLDI Co-founder

By Terry Mock
Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev

November 2009

When Freshwater Tissue Company acquired an old shuttered pulp mill in northern California and announced intentions to convert the facility into an integrated tissue mill, producing toilet paper from sustainably managed forests and thousands of jobs by consuming by-products and disease-prone tanoak logs from the Coastal Redwood Region, the chlorine-free and carbon-neutral business plan was deemed socially, environmentally and economically sustainable by advocacy groups, forest conservation companies, educators, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, foresters and industry experts.

So, it was disappointing to see the latest news that Freshwater is closing the mill permanently because of lack of financial support from banks, private investors and federal stimulus funds. This is just one example of thousands like it. I can’t personally vouch for the business viability of this particular project, but as just about any land developer can tell you, talk is cheap. The bottom-line is that financing for good projects throughout the country is just not available right now for the kind of sustainable economic recovery we need and have been promised. Why not?

I’m reminded of the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire” when Tom Cruise’s character, suffering from stress and a guilty conscience, writes and distributes a mission statement about dishonesty in business entitled, “The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business.” The famous “Show me the money!” scene epitomizes the empty values of business as usual, yet somewhat paradoxically shows that the pursuit of financial success need not be incompatible with broader goals, which must also include social and environmental value.

This lack of sustainable thinking in financial circles has not gone unnoticed by many in the industry. More than 90 percent of institutional investors questioned in a unique survey of market participants believe financial markets are now threatened by increased “moral hazard” – the belief that banks and other investors will take even more excessive risks based on implicit government guarantees – following the credit crisis bailouts than they did before it, and that fixing this must be a priority to ensure the sustainable functioning of markets. The survey, titled: “Credit Crisis: Business as usual for institutional investors” was carried out by the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets (NSFM), an international on-line network of senior, financial-market professionals and academics, AQ Research the investment research and data group, and Responsible-investor.com.

In response to our own industry’s need for sustainable thinking, SLDI is now entering the pilot phase for its unique Sustainable Land Development Best Practices System. Unlike other standards and certification programs, the SLDI Best Practices System helps to structure a triple-bottom-line (people, planet and profit) decision model that helps development projects achieve greater success in each area. We are interested in engaging participation from all stakeholders in the review of this system.

Your participation and comments are welcome.

Sustainable Financing Info
SLDI Study Provides Revealing Look at the State of the Industry
Show Me the Money Movie Video
NSFM Slide Show
NSFM Guiding Principles
Show me the money: EU divided at summit over how much climate aid to give poor nations
Himalayan states swear by Shimla Declaration over sustainable development
How Goldman secretly bet on the U.S. housing crash
Ron Paul: Let the dollar prove itself

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SLDI & The Lost Symbol

Terry Mock, SLDI Co-founder

By Terry Mock
Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev

October 2009

Just two weeks after launch, Dan Brown’s new book, “The Lost Symbol,” is the fastest selling adult novel of all time in both hardback and eBook versions, eclipsing the initial global success of Brown’s earlier book, The Da Vinci Code, which ultimately sold over 80 million copies. This sequel (and the movie, which is already scheduled for release in 2012) is guaranteed to cause a tremendous and lasting groundswell of public interest in the book’s subject matter – which intertwines the history of Washington D.C., the secrets and symbols of Freemasonry, and the hidden meaning of George Washington’s life – each of which have deeply rooted connections to land development.

Even as the book’s clever and fast-paced plot concludes, what may not be apparent to many readers is the connection between the SLDI mission and the meaning of “The Lost Symbol” – The Apotheosis of George Washington – painting on the ceiling of the Capitol Rotunda.

According to Brown’s story,

This ceiling’s spectacular collection of images was indeed a message… The founding fathers had envisioned America as a blank canvas, a fertile field on which the seeds of the mysteries could be sown. Today, Washington – a soaring icon – the father of our country, ascending to heaven – is hung silently above our lawmakers, leaders, and presidents…a bold reminder, a map to the future, a promise of a time when all people, like George Washington, would evolve to complete spiritual maturity.

“The Lost Symbol” connects the meaning of George Washington’s life to the achievement of our human potential as creators on earth. Now this is something to which we in land development can relate and aspire! Interestingly, SLDI made that very same connection almost four years ago. As first written in the December 2005 Land Development Today magazine article by SLDI entitled, “Breaking New Ground”:

When you look at the history of our industry in America, one is hard pressed not to conclude that George Washington, the Father of our Country, also grew to become what can only be described today as the Father of our own land development industry, as well as a visionary prophet of sustainability.

Further, the May 2007 SLDT magazine article People, Planet, & Profit, which originally unveiled the need and concept for SLDI, again documented George Washington’s unique leadership qualities, and addressed the multitude of problems facing our profession with this advice – “What Would George Washington Do?… Understanding the life and times of perhaps our country’s greatest hero, George Washington, can help to light our way down a path of true sustainability – one where people, planet, and profit all are considered equally in a decision model.”

Now, once again following the visionary philopsophy of George Washington, SLDI is pleased to be able to disclose the world’s first sustainable land development best practices system – The SLDI Code.™

Your participation and comments are welcome.

The SLDI Code™

The SLDI Best Practices System 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.

December 2005 LDT Cover
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
The Apotheosis of George Washington
TODAY Videos and Clues
Official Destination DC Website
Official Dan Brown Website
How to party like Dan Brown

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