possible to eradicate hunger andilliteracy as well as provide clean water,sanitation, education and health care foreveryone. The UN Development Agencyestimates it would require an additional$40 billion annually, intelligently spent.We have the technological solutions; it’stime for implementation.No one country or organization alone cansolve these global issues. It’s up to all of us, the global community. We canincreasingly network and leverage ourstrengths in partnership with each other.One important step is for the thousands of public and private organizations alreadyinvolved to proactively share information,understanding and resources. Worldwidesustainability will require the largestpublic/private collaboration in history;forged out of necessity, globalin its reach and unparal-leled in its purpose.The SustainableVillage works toimplement positive,small-scale solu-tions to globalproblems. Weleverage renew-able energy, appro-priate technology andmicroenterprise ideas toimprove quality of life,save money, create jobs,increase productivity andprotect the environment. These antidotesto poverty, social injustice and poor edu-cation also prevent the all-too-commoncycle of violence.Additionally, sustainable developmentsolutions address multiple social problemssimultaneously. Public sector problemsare inextricably linked and requirecomprehensive, systemic solutions. Forexample, a single project can create jobs,reduce the spread of disease, economizeresources and produce clean energy.The Sustainable Village connectsorganizations, projects, volunteers andknowledge. We provide technologicalservices required for internationalsustainable development projects.Focusing on developing countries, we aidprojects dealing with energy generation,public health, sustainable agriculture,safe water, long-distance communicationsand micro-enterprise employment. Allof our profits go toward funding andpromoting renewable energy and micro-enterprise activities.
PROJECT FUNDING AND NETWORKING
We connect projects withfunding sources and contactsdoing similar work. Wecharge for – as well asdonate – services andequipment.
SYSTEM DESIGN ANDENGINEERING
We engineer all types of sustainable developmentsystems: from solar, wind, bio-mass and micro-hydroelectricity generation torainwater catchment, waterpurification and communications. Wehave the expertise to identify theappropriate technology and design foralmost all requirements and budgets. Wehave 35 years experience and thousandsof successful installations worldwide.
EQUIPMENT AND PARTS SUPPLY
With the largest selection of renewableenergy equipment in the world and long-standing relationships with over 1000manufacturers, we can ensure the mosteconomical systems.
Sustainable Development in Action
e have eyes to see, ears to hear, hearts to feel and hands to act. Our worldhas escalating problems that we can no longer ignore. One billion peoplestruggle to survive on one dollar a day, 80% of the global population lives in sub-standard housing, 70% are unable to read, and 50% of everyone on the planetsuffers from malnutrition.
35,000 children die from hunger daily, and every majorecosystem is in measurable decline.
Sustainable Journal Entries . . .
Sept. 10th, 2001, late afternoon.
I con-clude an agreement to sell my remain-ing 49.9% interest in Jade Mountain,Inc., which had recently merged withReal Goods into Gaiam Energy Tech. Istart seriously considering my retire-ment plan of focusing on my book business (www.awrbooks.com).
Sept. 11th, early morning.
I wake upto the news of the terrorist attacks onthe World Trade Center andWashington, D.C. It’s such an obviousattack on business that it makes mewonder how the business communitycould respond. What are the “roots of terrorism”? What conditions conspirein the creation and education of a ter-rorist?
I read an article about anAfghani mother of several childrenwho is asked what she plans to dogiven the possibility of bombing raidsby the US. She answers that it wouldbe a blessing if she and her childrenwere killed, that their lives are toomiserable, poor and hopeless for themto care about staying alive.
Instead of retiring, I decideto start a new business dedicated tousing appropriate technology productsin ways to provide more education,health care, small businesses, and newopportunities for people living inremote areas of developing countries.
Sustainable VillageArticles of Organization filed.
Jade Mountain movesout and The Sustainable Village takesover the space at 717 Poplar Avenue.
First employee, AldenTaylor, starts.
We’re back and run-ning with 16 people and new projectsin Columbia, Nigeria, Iceland, TheUnited Arab Emirates, Nepal,Indonesia, Kenya, and Tibet.
New working part-nership with members from theInternational Hospital for Children,representatives from the US andPakistani governments, EngineersWithout Borders–USA, and the RockyMountain Institute to improve anddevelop Afghani refugee camps usingappropriate technology and sustain-able development.Steve Troy
Founder and Manager,The Sustainable Village
1 Calculations by Dr. Philip Harter of the StanfordUniversity School of Medicine.
The Sustainable Village: offering the physical,financial and intellectual toolsfor visionsof sustainability to become reality.
Worldwide sustainability will require thelargest public/private collaboration in history; forged out of necessity, global in its reach and unparalleled in its purpose.