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This page is an index of articles and other written resources, including reports, interviews, book and anthology excerpts, PowerPoint presentations, and presentation transcripts for authors and speakers with last names starting with “S.”

Tony Seba

"" Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries. Report co-authored by Tony Seba. This report provides a detailed analysis of data, market, consumer and regulatory dynamics. It finds that within 10 years of the regulatory approval of driverless vehicles, 95 percent of U.S. passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand Autonomous Electric Vehicles owned by companies providing Transport as a Service. “We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history,” Seba explains. Report >> More about Tony Seba >>

John Seed

Deep Ecology and RainForest. Article by John Seed. If we look at indigenous cultures, we notice that, without exception, rituals affirming and nurturing the sense of interconnectedness between people and nature play a central role in the lives of these societies. This suggests that the tendency for a split to develop between humans and the rest of nature must be very strong. Why else would the need for such rituals be so universally perceived? Article >> More about John Seed >>

Joe Sherman

"" Gasp! The Swift & Terrible Beauty of Air. Book excerpt by Joe Sherman. Gasp! (Buy Here >>) is an investigation of air and of how it works in the body and in our world. Learn why over the last two centuries air has been transformed from something marvelous into something menacing. Blends the history and myths of air together with its environmental and physiological effects. Book Excerpt >> Buy Here >> More about Joe Sherman >>

Bill Shireman

Beyond Ecomilitarism: A New Path For Environmental Activism. Presentation by Bill Shireman. We are working to change a system within which other people who are caring and concerned are operating. We need to begin to look at these individuals within businesses not as enemies who've sold out and taken the big time job with the corporation, but as catalysts, potential change agents, who are perfectly positioned to make change. Presentation Excerpt >> More about Bill Shireman >>

"" What We Learned in the Rainforest: Business Lessons from Nature. Book Excerpt by Tachi Kiuchi and Bill Shireman. In the rainforest, nature uses feedback to "close the loop." In the face of limits, feedback triggers adaptations that lessen or make an end-run around physical constraints. In business, companies like Coors use feedback to "close the loop," triggering innovations that lead to new products, processes, businesses, and profits. Book Excerpt >> More about Tachi Kiuchi >> More about Bill Shireman >>

Lisa Skumatz

"" Guidebook For Community Adoption Of Recycling And Pay As You Throw Ordinance. Guide by Lisa Skumatz & Juri Freeman. Many communities and counties want to increase recycling, but frankly, don’t know where to start. There are LOTS of feasible steps you can take to increase recycling…  One of the most effective – and least politically difficult – options is to implement a local recycling and “Pay as you Throw” (PAYT) ordinance. Guide >> More about Lisa Skumatz >>

"" Measuring Source Reduction: Pay As You Throw. Report by Lisa Skumatz. Study results show that the tonnage reductions attributable to pay-as-you-throw and variable rate structures (PAYT/VR) are very substantial. The source reduction benefits alone were estimated to be 6 percent of generation, above and beyond the increases in recycling and yard waste diversion encouraged by PAYT/VR. Study estimates show that PAYT/VR reduces residential disposal by a total of 16-17 percent at the landfill from these three impacts (source reduction, recycling, and yard waste diversion). Report >> More about Lisa Skumatz >>

"" Pay As You Throw. Article by Lisa Skumatz. “Pay As You Throw” (or PayT) is a trash rate strategy that charges households a higher bill for putting out more trash for collection. Sounds fair – fee for service, just as households are charged a higher bill for using more water, electricity, etc. More than 7,000 (25 percent) of communities nationwide agree and use some form of PayT. Article >> More about Lisa Skumatz >>

"" Recycling Incentives. Article by Lisa Skumatz, David Juri Freeman, Dana D’Souza and Dawn Bement. What can communities do to move recycling and diversion forward?  Insights are offered In an independent, numbers-based comparison of the performance, cost, strengths and weaknesses of three strategies being used around the country: the recycling incentive alternatives of RecycleBank; recycling credits; and pay-as-you-throw (PAYT). Article >> More about Lisa Skumatz >>

Jeffery J. Smith

How Profit Shapes Urban Space. Article by Jeffery J. Smith. Like the rest of the universe, US cities keep expanding. Some time before the universe begins to contract, American metro regions may, too. What counterpart to gravity might suck suburbia back into the hole of our doughnut cities? Article >>

Ted Smith

"" The State Of The Global Electronics Industry. Interview with Ted Smith. Founder of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Smith discusses a book he co-edited entitled Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry. “We realized,” he explains, “that we had important stories to bring to the attention of the general public, policymakers, communities, workers, and others around the world. Many of the communities most affected by negative high-tech impacts have been at the forefront of creating solutions.” Interview >> More about Ted Smith >>

David Steinman

"" The Architecture of Illness: Millions of Workers Are "Sick of Work". Article by David Steinman. How did the air at EPA headquarters get so bad? It all began, ironically, when the building was designed with the environment in mind. As with many office buildings built in the 1970’s, when energy conservation was of great concern, the offices and corridors at Waterside Mall EPA headquarters were virtually closed to outside air sources. Article >> More about David Steinman >>

"" The Dangers of Parabens. Article by David Steinman. Leave-on products, such as facial makeup and skin lotions, are of greatest concern because of the long exposure time and opportunity for migration via the skin into the bloodstream. The estrogenic effects of certain synthetic chemicals, such as the parabens, and their subsequent effects on the endocrine system of humans and wildlife, is of growing concern. Article >> More about David Steinman >>

Amy Stewart

The Earth Moved: On The Remarkable Achievements Of Earthworms. Book excerpt by Amy Stewart. The Earth Moved (Buy Here >>) takes us on a subterranean adventure and introduces us to our planet's most important gatekeeper: the humble earthworm. It's true that the earthworm is small, spineless, and blind, but its effect on the ecosystem is profound. Stewart investigates the earthworm's astonishing realm, talks to oligochaetologists who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex web of life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. Book Excerpt >> Buy Here >> More about Amy Stewart >>

From The Ground Up: The Story Of A First Garden. Book excerpt by Amy Stewart. From The Ground Up (Buy Here >>) is a chronicle of the seedlings and weeds, cats and compost, worms and watering that transform a tiny plot of earth into a glorious garden. From planting the seeds her great-grandmother sends to battling snails, gophers, and aphids, Stewart takes us on a tour of her coastal garden and shares the lessons she's learned the hard way. Book Excerpt >> Buy Here >> More about Amy Stewart >>

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