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INDIGENOUS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

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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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Comments on Draft Framework Document (v. 4)

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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

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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!

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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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Defining Development Values

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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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comments on theme 2: more focused example research questions

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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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Comments on Draft Framework Document (v.4)

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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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Quantifying Ecosystem Services and Their Benefits

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Campaign: Community Feedback

"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

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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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Solutions

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Campaign: Framework Document

"Communities therefore would benefit from holistic, integrated, and functional science and practical technical tools and support to find sustainable solutions to current and future needs: that is, they are equitable, efficient, and effective."

This still reads as if the definition of sustinable is equitable, efficient, and effective.

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Nonsense

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"The question often is raised whether communities can be sustainable if their consumption of energy and materials or their export of waste products to other communities can be truly “sustainable.” This sentence doesn’t make sense. "SHCRP will assume that there are federal regulations that govern the export of pollutants to other communities (e.g., downstream or downwind), and that a community is only sustainable if ...more »

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The BAY?!

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"A recent study demonstrating that the value of ecosystem service co-benefits (such as hunting, greenhouse gas mitigation, and floodwater storage) can reduce the net costs of meeting nutrient and sediment reduction targets – this work is being considered by EPA in the formulation of water quality trading policy in the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere." "I know people working on the Chesapeake think it’s the only bay, but ...more »

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Definition and nonsense?

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"Further there was agreement on the solution that communities need holistic, integrated, and functional science and practical technical tools and support to find solutions that are sustainable: that is, they are equitable, efficient, and effective." This still looks like a definition of sustainable and not a description of solutions "To get additional information from stakeholders at the next level of specificity, ...more »

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Sustainability?

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"What community-level metrics and models for characterizing children’s exposures to multiple contaminants over the range of exposure routes? What environmental factors (indoor as well as outdoor) impact asthma severity based on age and pre-existing disease and what are the most effective community-based intervention strategies? What is the importance of cultural factors in influencing exposure to pollutants in Tribal ...more »

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25 years?

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"• How are landfill siting and capacity likely to be affected by climate change and population growth over the next 25 years; is the lifetime of the solution such that a more expensive anticipatory approach might be justified?"

Seems a little short sighted, sustainability is about affecting what the next generation will see.

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Example 2.

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"•The town is concerned about its economic sustainability for a number of reasons, all exacerbated by a declining tax base, as agriculture and industry have declined or left the area. "

Added the word economic here as this section seems very economic focused

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Little more PC

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"•There is a landfill that is reaching capacity just outside of town that was located in a poor african american dominated area, and efforts to expand the landfill have been fought by the local residents as an environmental justice issue."

Black?! really.....?

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RESEARCH THEME 2

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Campaign: Framework Document

"The objective of this theme is to provide communities with data, methods, and models that they can use to develop efficient, effective, and equitable approaches to increase their sustainability and resiliency by maximizing co-benefits and minimizing unintended consequences." Cobenefits of what? "We also intend to help communities identify and/or develop indicators that can be used to quantify their current state, ...more »

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