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.

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SLDI Co-founders:
Terry Mock
Tony Wernke

Read The Fractal Frontier - Sustainable Development Trilogy.
Read Developing a Sustainable Endgame for the Global Economy
See history and evolution of SLDI @ SLDI Foundational Articles

Leonardo da Vinci, Sustainability Sage

Historical Perspective – By Dr. Reese Halter Leonardo da Vinci, born in the middle of the 15th century, was the founder of modern science and an interpreter between nature and humanity. He sought to understand the nature of life two centuries before the microscope was invented. He believed the Earth was a living, self-organizing and … Continued

Capitalism 2.0: How Big Money is Shifting Corporate Culture Toward Sustainability

By Greg Wendt In November 2010, I moderated a panel discussion at The Global Summit conference in San Francisco. The two panelists were leading thinkers in the sustainability: Andy Behar – CEO of As You Sow Foundation, who’s mission is to “promote corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, grantmaking, and innovative legal strategies” and John Perkins. As Chief … Continued

Designing a ‘Big Wheel’ for Civilization

By Terry Mock and Tony Wernke, SLDI Co-founders Follow Terry and Tony on Twitter: Terry @SustainLandDev; Tony @Sustainable4U This article is Part 1 in the Fractal Sustainable Development Trilogy. Part 2: Like Life Itself, Sustainable Development is Fractal Part 3: The Universal Principles of Sustainable Development Everyone who has ridden a tricycle understands the fact that … Continued

Rethink | Sustainability

Here’s a fantastic video from one of our members, The Bioengineering Group. It’s time: to restore our earth, to build responsibly, to change our ways. Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

Building a Sustainable Community Forest

By Terry Mock  Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev  There are now local, regional, national, and global opportunities for individuals in a wide variety of land development professions to participate in long-range environmental sustainability for our society. A common element of all of these efforts is the importance of a healthy community forest. In the United … Continued

Southern Oregon Coast Mixing Nature, Tradition and Economics for a Sustainable Future

By Monica Fischer and Brent Lawrence As European expansion moved ever westward, southwest Oregon was one of the last regions to be settled. However, the area’s abundant natural resources proved to be a very valuable commodity and served as an unavoidable enticement. Almost all old-growth forests were logged in the late 1880s and early 1900s. … Continued

The Rise of Sustainable Investing for Institutions

By Hugh Wheelan Why the time is right for sustainable thinking by pension funds and institutional investors. When Roger Urwin, global head of investment content at Towers Watson, the investment consultant, turns his mind to a subject, the pensions world listens. Urwin, one of the most influential investment advisors around, has worked with many of … Continued

Highlighting Problems and Successes in Sustainable Neighborhood Design

By Rick Harrison    Comparing and contrasting New Urbanism and Coving. No matter how good any idea is, there are ways to make things go terribly wrong. Take for example, New Urbanism, a design concept that seems so easy to implement, yet when stripped of just one or two of its basic elements falls short … Continued

World’s First Sustainable Land Development Best Practices System Enters Pilot Phase

By Tony Wernke Follow Tony on Twitter: @Sustainable4U Sustainable Land Development International (SLDI) announced recently that it has completed and is releasing the world’s first comprehensive sustainable land development best practices system. After undergoing an extensive review by a number of experts in the industry, phase two of its implementation – pilot testing – is … Continued

Nature Bats Last: Perspective on Sustainable Land Development

By Terry Mock    Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev We are part of nature too… In previous articles published in this magazine, I have supported a more environmentally-friendly approach to land development. “Understanding the Sacred Bond we have with Trees” pointed out the historical importance of wood to the rise of major civilizations and the link between deforestation … Continued

Biodiversity is the Living Foundation for Sustainable Development

By Terry Mock Follow Terry on Twitter: @SustainLandDev It is the combination of life forms, and their interactions with each other and with the rest of the environment, that have made Earth a uniquely habitable place for humans. Biodiversity — the variability within and among living organisms and the systems they inhabit — is the … Continued

Returning to the Natural Stormwater Management Approach

By Mark Hieber A look at history provides a glimpse to a better future. A verdant, park-like low forest, stretching west for 1000 miles…that’s how  the eastern half of North America appeared prior to European settlement. At that time, Native American Indians managed the vast forests and prairie and savanna meadows by burning off the … Continued

Achieving Sustainable Land Development

Last month in SLDI in Focus, we identified the SLDI Guiding Principles – nine universal tenets which comprise the foundation for a successful sustainable project according to the triple-bottom-line needs of maximizing social, environmental and economic capital. These principles adapt the concepts of the Hannover Principles originally developed by Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart and … Continued

SLDI Project Goes Carbon Negative

“Climate change is inevitable, proceeding and even accelerating.” With those alarming opening words, British scientist James Lovelock, author of the new book, “The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning,” is delivering a sobering message to large and influential audiences around the world. He says there’s nothing we can do now but adapt and survive. … Continued

SLDI Study Provides Revealing Look at the State of the Industry

SLDI recently conducted a survey of land development professionals designed to gauge the industry’s perceptions of who/what is responsible for the current economic situation, what will be needed to improve it, the industry’s overall acceptance of and receptivity to sustainable land development principles and practices, and the industry’s current level of implementation of the most … Continued