The Restoration Economy: The Greatest New Growth Frontier : Immediate & Emerging Opportunities for Businesses, Communities & Investors

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2002 - Business & Economics - 341 pages
The Restoration Economy reveals the previously undocumented trillion-dollar global industries that are restoring our natural and manmade environments. Restorative development is rapidly overtaking new development because we are running out of things to develop. Most natural areas are already either farmed or degraded, and cities have built all the way to their borders. However, there is no lack of things to redevelop and restore. Storm Cunningham surveys the wide range of restoration industries and points out the connections among them. He shows, for example, how the restoration of a river ecosystem can have a major impact on the commercial success of a redeveloped historic urban waterfront. Written for a broad range of audiences, The Restoration Economy is an entertaining blend of business, science, and economics that details exciting new business and investment opportunities in this dynamic economic sector.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Transition from Our New Development Past to Our Restorative Development Future
15
The Four Growth Industries Restoring Our Natural Environment Ecosystems Watersheds Fisheries and Farms
53
The Four Growth Industries Restoring Our Built Environment Brownfields Infrastructure Heritage and Misfortunes
129
Putting It All Together
235
Trolling for Numbers
307
Restoration Readings
311
Education Memberships Journals and Events
319
Index
331
About the Author
341
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Storm Cunningham was--from 1996 to 2002--Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 52-year-old association with 18,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers. He was previously CEO of a small manufacturing company that developed commercial aquaculture systems based on a pioneering water purification technology invented at the Smithsonian Institution.
A former Green Beret SCUBA medic, Storm is now the founder of RestorAbility, an Alexandria, Virginia firm. RestorAbility provides strategic research and consulting services for corporations and government agencies desiring growth via integrated restoration strategies. He speaks publicly on the restoration of our organizations and our planet, and is also an avid SCUBA diver and amateur herpetologist, devoting much of his personal time to the restorative development of island nations and indigenous communities. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Maria and a dozen Solomon Island skinks.

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