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Regenerative Design Takes Us Beyond Sustainability

  • By LEED GA, Charlene on Green
charlene_brown_jamaicaRegenerative design is a practical approach to the human ecosystem and communities. Experts say we can continue to expect about 80 million more mouths to feed and bodies to clothe and shelter each year. www.charleneongreen.org And looking ahead, according to estimates by the International Population Institute, by 2050 world population will be around 9.2 billion.

To maximize limited resources for the growing population, maybe we could take a step backward in order to leap forward in the way we manage our resources. The basic premise is that regenerative systems restore, renew and revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, emulating the efficiency and ecological integrity of nature.

CEDG works with a team of uniquely qualified architects and designers to develop practical, workable regenerative strategies for major public and private development projects. CEDG advances each project with the first elements of regenerative design in mind: careful land use, on-site renewable energy, sustainable materials, collecting and recycling of water, and reliable food production sources.

Eco-systematic land planning requires an understanding of how multiple species are interconnected, enabling us to incorporate human activity into the larger scheme. Such consideration is vital in developing sustainable and economically viable projects for a growing population that must fit into a finite landscape or eco-system.

Whether new developments or rebuilding after a fire, earthquake or other natural disasters, developers must be more cognizant of designing sustainable communities to address environmental, social and economic goals. Those goals must also be naturally aligned with the concept of a shared functioning ecosystem, all benefiting from the growth of each part.

To effectively manage the human ecology is to create more than we consume - modeled on nature's closed loop, input-output model - take out less than you put in, building up a reserve for tomorrow.

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