We dedicate this list to the pioneers and engineers of sustainability, aka the sustaineers.
A sustaineer is a person or group with unique influence on sustainability and triple-bottom lines. Through wit. Passion. Constructively.
Their early actions sowed seeds advancing sustainability:
George Perkins Marsh
His book Man And Nature (1864) aptly described our effects on nature and shaped awareness leading to sustainability
Lundberg Family Farms
Choosing sound ecological farming practices from its small start in 1937 to its present size of extensive farmland
Pioneering live research on enriching soil with sustainable agriculture, and educating the public and farmers globally (1940)
His designs helped open up new possibilities and inspire sustainable architecture.
Her book The Everglades: River of Grass (1947) rebranded a "worthless" swamp as a treasured river
A hunter and wilderness geek, for frank writings that enlightened many readers and for his work to preserve wild ecosystems
Inspired "gentle architecture" and earth-sheltered buildings in balance with natural surroundings
Collected donations en masse from throughout Japan to conserve the natural beauty of Shiretoko (1970s)
Working to preserve the world's heirloom seeds and protect crop diversity (1975)
Advancing social responsibility in business with ice cream (1983)
Brought community-supported agriculture into the mainstream (1984)
Leading the way to guide and certify the sustainability of buildings (1993)
Greenling Organic Delivery
for its authentic sustainability, partnering with local farmers to help them and local foods prosper (2001)
for their efforts in helping transform the town of Greensburg into a model of sustainability for the world (2007)
Modeling nature to build super efficient architecture and to create closed loop systems that reuse waste (2007)
Teaching how LESS resources can bring MORE useful things to MORE people
for its constructive solutions that also make it easier for people to tell “good companies” from good marketing (2008)
A model in constructing homes that are sustainable and affordable (2009)
for its Do-It-Yourself, modular toolset that enables people globally to build small, sustainable civilizations (2010)
Rethinking how city suburbs can be retrofitted more usefully and sustainable
Other facets of sustaineering include people striving to:
· Nurture effective learning and sharing of knowledge.
· Make workplaces more enjoyable, healthy, and liberating.
· Treat causes of ailments not just symptoms (without introducing complications).
· And optimize health through nutrition and fitness.
As such, these people get honorary mentions:
Inspired co-ops on honest foods, honest prices, good working conditions, the importance of education, and integrating with society (1800s)
Made all employees Co-President of his company
Empowering its employees to be more active, healthy, entertained, well fed, and fulfilled by their work
Encouraged teamwork to color-code healthy or mutated tissue for safer surgeries
Developing surgery to treat disease without invasive cutting
Sharing design and strategies to transform schools while also enhancing their communuties
Universally free lessons that also help to improve classroom teaching
Suggest an honorary mention or a sustaineer candidate for this category!