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INDIGENOUS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

Create, develop and maintain a sustainable development institute (SDI) run by either a tribe or organizations (non-profits, community development corporations, etc.) run by Native Americans located in the Region of focus. The SDI will be the common point of contact for all issues re: sustainability & sustainable communities. The SDI would holistically and comprehensively be dedicated to aligning & coordinating between ...more »

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Page 3, Bullet 1 jumps out by its omission of human health. There is widespread agreement in the literature that ecosystem services play a key role in human health (although, as we have discussed, there is not a lot of research on specific health outcomes besides the usual suspects of infectious disease and climate-related effects). So, please end the bullet with just "human well-being," as this includes health, or ...more »

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Open Data Principle

In general, EPA data and research it is involved with ought to be publicly available in a machine readable format so developers and researchers can use it for public benefit and education. A place where sustainable community data, practices, and resources was listed in a clear accessible format would also be very valuable.

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comments on theme 2: not just objectives hierarchy!

I would change the definition of decision analysis to something like: DA includes a variety of tools to assess, prioritize, and resolve conflicts. DA in the SHCRP consists of the following elements:.... I have a real problem with limiting our decision analysis to objectives hierachy. This is only one of a suite (wikipedia lists 24 and that is an incomplete list) of multi-criteria decision analysis methods and clearly ...more »

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Comments on Draft Framework Document (v.4)

p. 3, paragraph 2. Omit first part of sentence. Begin sentence with "Many sustainability problems... p. 4, 3rd full paragraph beginning with "The question often is..." This entire paragraph is troubling in the assumptions that it makes and the limitations that it places on SHCRP. Individual land users will have incremental and cumulative impacts on the environment and these are typically not regulated. These inevitably ...more »

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Gulf of Mexico; More to come!

Gulf of Mexico Project

I am a faculty member at Mississippi State University's Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. I am involved in projects relating to community sustainability and urban agriculture across the Northern Gulf of Mexico region. I would love to collaborate on the project as it develops!

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comments on theme 2: more focused example research questions

I'd like to see some more focused example research questions in the inrtoduction of theme 2, e.g.: how can competing values and the political conflicts associated with them, be resolved in an equitable, transparent way? how can effective communication of the trade-offs associated with community decision-making be accomplished across a variety of interest groups? how can we assist communities in developing a vision of ...more »

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Quantifying Ecosystem Services and Their Benefits

"Quantifying Ecosystem Services and Their Benefits Ecosystem services are the many life-sustaining benefits we receive from nature--clean air and water, fertile soil for crop production, pollination, and flood control. These ecosystem services provide the foundations of our health and well-being, are limited, but are often taken for granted and thought of as being free. The Ecosystem Services Research Program is transforming ...more »

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Working definition of Community

It seems to me that if ESRP were to propose a working definition of community it should be something like "An inclusive set of people benefiting from final ecosystem goods and services produced within a defined geographic boundary" This takes advantage of the recent attempts to create an operational classification system for indicators of final ecosystem goods and services. This focusses our assessments on valuing the ...more »

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Defining Development Values

As discussed at EPA ORD workshop in North Carolina, the EPA could partner with other federal departments to analyze real values of developments i.e. difference between a big box retail and mixed-use infill development as it pertains to property, sales, income tax generated as well as ecosystem services. The partial example that was presented was a comparison of property tax values only. That was a good start, but not ...more »

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Urban Habitat Values

Provide a tool that helps determine values of urban habitat initiatives that extend across entire neighborhoods i.e the need to develop native habitat corridors for pollinators, etc

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Long Term Costs of Infrastructure based on Land Use Policy

Help cities better assess the long-term costs of sprawl as it pertains to infrastructure (streets, utilities, fire, etc) in order to reinforce quality planning decisions.

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