The Lexicon of Sustainability™ is now embarking on a journey to capture the most compelling sustainable solutions in Water and Energy.
As with our recent “Food and Farming in America” initiative, we will cut through a dizzying array of indecipherable buzzwords and jargon to create indelible images that capture the essence of the sustainability conversation and make these principles easier to understand.
The Lexicon Project will:
• Identify and Document 100 Thought Leaders who define the most sustainable ideas and practical solutions in Water and Energy.
• Translate their stories into short films, large scale information artworks, traveling pop up shows, and content syndicated across the most widely visited websites
• Connect our Thought Leaders and their solutions to the organizations, networks and entrepreneurs most deeply engaged in the conversation by building a social network for good ideas.
Generous seed funding from the
has allowed us to identify 100 Thought Leaders and their innovative ideas. These compelling stories will offer a roadmap of sustainable solutions in water and energy. Our research will uncover:
• Stories of global innovation
• Stories with immediate impact on our daily lives
• Stories of people pursuing energy solutions in the countries most responsible for the energy crisis: U.S, China, India, Brazil, and the E.U.
• Stories of people in the Developing World most at risk … and what they’re doing about it
• Stories of unheralded, charismatic individuals and how their visionary thinking can inspire others to take action.
• Governmental agencies encouraging water efficiency, based on four key principles: efficiency – using as little water as needed to do the job; conservation – using fewer drops; productivity – getting more output per drop; and substitution – using alternative sources as a means to match the quality of water
• Water recycling methods (gray water) used to transform agriculture (example: in Israel nearly 85% of all agriculture utilizes gray water).
• Individuals practicing novel forms of water conservation, including ideas like rooftop rainwater harvesting and catchment
• Identifying new methods to convert both brackish and salt water via water desalinization for consumer use
• Rural water projects revive traditional knowledge of rainfall and natural aquifer systems
• Clean energy projects including geo-thermal, water, solar, wind, and tidal solutions go from pilot projects to in-use applications both among consumers and large-scale energy producers.
• Novel energy conservation strategies employed by municipalities, businesses and individuals
• New forms of energy distribution like the Solar Mosaic Project use crowd sourcing to fund solar installations in underprivileged communities.
• People like Ursula Sladeck who spearhead new projects like Germany’s first cooperatively owned renewable power company. The company will provide energy for 1 million customers by 2015.
If you’d like to volunteer, either by suggesting new terms for the Lexicon or helping us spread the good word, send us an email