Projects

To scale the adoption of sustainability and further NCS’ mission we undertake projects that have to potential to create real and meaningful change.


An Economy In Service To Life led by Hunter Lovins is convening an international team of business people, thought leaders, scholars, investors and activists to craft a new narrative and strategy for an economy that works, in Bucky Fuller’s words, for 100% of humanity. A Chinese investor has offered to fly participants to a global summit to frame the new narrative and to set forth a strategy of change to get from where we are now to a Regenerative Economy. The framework we will create is the missing coherence that change agents the world around need to take their work to scale and achieve critical mass.. …read more


Leading for Wellbeing Current “solutions” are not driving change sufficient to meet the challenges facing humanity. Convening the relevant actors from the sectors causing the problems and conversely, the ones capable of fixing it is a better way to create the world we want. Business faces challenges within and without. Workers seek a greater sense that their organization is part of the solution, not a cause of the problems. The Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index has shown that workers feel worse about their jobs than ever before, a disengagement that they estimate is costing American businesses $200 billion every year in lost productivity.

Meanwhile, the global economy rests on a knife-edge, based on unsustainable business practices that are driving societies and ecosystems into successive collapses. Palliative “fixes” to prop the system up will only suffice for a time. Solutions exist but requisite actors are not implementing them. The business case for sustainability needs to be combined with a replicable framework that delivers tools to implement an integrated approach to workplace well-being that reliably increases human health and productivity and fosters corporate…read more.


license—plateThe Colorado Carbon Fund  The Colorado Carbon Fund (CCF)—acquired by Natural Capitalism Solutions in June 2016—helps individuals, communities, organizations, and event planners measure, reduce, and offset their carbon emissions. The CCF is the first and only such voluntary statewide program in the U.S., focusing its support on greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction projects in Colorado that produce permanent, verifiable carbon offsets and or climate and community benefit projects.

Through outreach programs, the CCF informs the public about energy efficiency, helps fund community-based renewable energy projects, and support educational initiatives that help Coloradans of all ages to lower energy consumption. Read more about the CCF here.


CAPRpreviewClimate Action Roadmap With seed funding from the Hunt Foundation in 2016, Natural Capitalism Solutions created the Climate Action Roadmap (CAR) in response to the Conference of the Parties in Paris that signaled that climate change now dominates global agendas. All nations agreed that global warming is an urgent threat to humans and the planet and must be dealt with, as we meet the needs of the world’s poor. NCS was there and had a hand in ensuring that the deal made it across the finish line. A month later the gathering of world leaders and CEO’s at Davos, Switzerland surveyed CEO’s of major global companies, who stated that climate change is the most pressing problem facing the world, eclipsing terrorism and economics.

We will leverage NCS’ decades of experience in community sustainability, economic development, resilience and climate protection to develop and distribute a flexible, freely available roadmap, based on best practices that are emerging but not yet widely implemented around the world. Read more here and visit our beta site here.


Open Source Sustainability When a company, community or citizen wants to act to cut their footprint, reduce their carbon emissions or enhance their responsibility, they ask, “What can I do?” Until now, the sustainability community has answered, “Hire me.”

Sustainability is too important to leave to consultants making money by protecting proprietary information. The knowledge and tools needed to implement genuine sustainability should be available to everyone.

Natural Capitalism Solutions is setting sustainability free…read more.


petsustainabilityThe Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition led by Chris Bentley strives to be the leading organization for sustainable advancement in the pet industry, by promoting creative collaboration that prioritizes business minded solutions for sincere environmental improvement. We collaborate to accelerate sustainability in the pet industry by encouraging the implementation of best-practices, by providing tools and resources for advancement and by promoting continual and authentic improvement for the benefit of our environment, communities and businesses. …read more/ join


The Clean Coalition, led by Craig Lewis, is working to accelerate America’s transition away from an outdated energy system built around large, centralized, fossil-fueled power plants and miles of inefficient transmission lines; and toward a modern energy system where smaller-scale, efficient, renewable energy projects deliver affordable and reliable power to communities. Transitioning to clean local energy generation drives innovation and economic development.  And it empowers communities to turn underused space — such as rooftops and abandoned industrial sites — into cost-effective renewable energy resources. … read more/ donate


Chain Reaction Logo-FINAL-02Chain Reaction, led by Meghan Altman and Zachary Borngraver, seeks to empower the future, one bicycle at a time. Focusing on low-income individuals, especially young people within our community, Chain Reaction promotes healthy & active lifestyles, environmental stewardship, sustainability, and community engagement. They see the bicycle as a vehicle that can empower traditionally disenfranchised people to succeed in all aspects of life.

Cycling not only provides an enjoyable means of maintaining health and wellbeing, it helps to address crucial transportation challenges while reducing carbon impact. It is also a special way to explore the natural world, to be environmental stewards, and to be part of a welcoming and supportive community. Chain Reaction works to remove all barriers that exist to this wonderful world of cycling for everyone. Read more about this project here.


PCAP-Logo_colorPCAP: Presidential Climate Action Project
Bill Becker and a panel of experts founded the Presidential Climate Action Project, which offered bi-partisan advice to the U.S. Presidential candidates in 2008 & 2012 about climate science and policies. While we don’t have the DNA to claim parentage on what emerges from the White House, we can say that the Administration’s actions over the past several years do look pretty much like PCAP recommendations. The latest, of course, was our call for the President to do a live televised speech to the nation on climate change, laying out the case for action (July 2013). … read more on the PCAP web site.


Y On Earth

Y On Earthwww.yonearth.org provides life-hacking and culture-cracking tools and techniques to help individuals, neighborhoods, schools, universities and community groups enhance health, well-being and sustainability. Our mantra is “what if the world we want is right at our fingertips.” Our methods are fun, accessible, and cost-effective, inviting people from diverse backgrounds throughout our society to help create the future and the culture we all want to see.


SavoryInstituteThe Savory Institute, led by Allan Savory, promotes large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through holistic management. They use properly managed livestock to heal the land and empower others to do the same. They also remove barriers on the path to large-scale success through activities such as conducting research, creating market incentives and raising public awareness. … read more/ donate


 

Energy Should Be is led byKen Regelson who directs this project including concept, charts, and “the talent” and Len Aitken who makes the live-action videos. Energy Should Be’s mission is to use short, clear, credible videos to move people from vision to action on what Energy Should Be – abundant, secure, for all, and for ever. … read more/ donate


ASAP: Alliance for Sustainability And Prosperity
Hunter Lovins was asked by his Majesty the King of Bhutan in July 2012, to join the International Expert Working Group (IEWG), convened to articulate and elaborate the goals, conceptual framework, structures and processes of a proposed New Development Paradigm (NDP). The IEWG is an independent body of researchers chosen for their expertise in the various aspects of science, policy, and practice in tackling the world’s most serious challenges.

Spring 2013 NCS worked with a team of IEWG members to create ASAP as an independent effort. ASAP is comprised of experts who have been working on this for over three decades. But the state of the world today is testament that we cannot do it alone. We need your involvement in this work. What sort of future do you want to see for the world? How do you think we can achieve it? What is already working that should be replicated more broadly? What has to be fixed? Hunter is leading a team that is grappling with how to transform the global economy.  … read more and join the conversation at ASAP4ALL.com.


Encyclical to Action The science is undisputed. The business case is proven. Religious institutions agree. Climate disruption is delivering unpleasant consequences of acidifying oceans, droughts, fires, extreme weather, famine and social unrest. The loss of species that scientists are calling the sixth great extinction is the first driven by humans is just one more symptom of living beyond planetary boundaries. We are also failing to deliver the minimum needed for quality of life and dignity for more than half the world’s population. These are all called out in “Encyclical Letter of the Holy Father On Care of our Common Home” as symptoms of collective failure to care for all of humanity and fulfill our…read more.

 


 


 

 

Past affiliate projects include the Treasure America Project led Andrew Smith and in 2005 initiated to advocate for sustainable development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The James Project took a team to India In 2006. Bill Becker from our own PCAP also worked with the United Nations in 2011-2012 on the Future We Want project, soliciting input for the Rio+20 meetings about the future that is possible and desirable. Bill also led the Central Appalachia Prosperity Project in the summer of 2010.