SLDI co-founder Terry Mock was invited recently by the Rotary International’s Port Orford, Oregon chapter to give a presentation on the SLDI pioneering sustainable land development model project Ocean Mountain Ranch located just outside the Port Orford city limits. Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation missions offer excellent complements to the holistic SLDI Code™ sustainable development model and an inspiring and unique case history in the evolution of sustainability on both local and global scales over the last century. It’s an evolution which all sustainable development practitioners and advocates can benefit from learning about. Rotary and Sustainable Development
In 1905 the world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents. The organization adopted the Rotary International name a year later. Today, 1.2 million Rotarians belong to over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. As the organization grew, its mission expanded beyond serving club members’ professional and social interests. Rotarians began a grassroots sustainable development effort long before the term came in vogue by pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.
In 1917 the Rotary Foundation was formed to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. In order to better achieve this mission, in 1943 Rotary adopted a simple algorithm called “The Four-Way Test” by asking the following questions which lead to more socially sustainable end results:
Rotary International embraces sustainability by developing water and sanitation projects worldwide. More than 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. Each year, 1.8 million people die from preventable diseases associated with unsafe water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. Therefore, activities in these areas are key health interventions. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals address this situation in goal 7:
Ensure sustainability. Within that goal is the target to "halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation."
The Port Orford Rotary Club has published the following article in their e-newsletter:
Ocean Mountain Ranch
The viewshed from Ocean Mountain Ranch (OMR) encompasses Humbug Mountain State Park, location of a large stand of old growth trees, and Red Fish Rocks an area included in the proposed marine reserve. Translated: Spectacular.
Terry Mock spoke about the four generations of his family that now own the property, and their plans for sustainable development according to their forest stewardship management plan. This plan has been reviewed and approved by the Oregon Department of Forestry, and others.
The goal for OMR is to become a model for the world when it comes to sustainable land development. Through careful planning OMR can sustain high quality hardwood, softwood and wildlife habitat forever, and provide an exemplary model for an organic forestry/grazing operation that incorporates residential, agricultural, educational,
recreational and industrial activities.
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.”
If you would like to see the program he presented, please view the video here - Ocean Mountain Ranch - SLDI.
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.