Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

"Look, I know we’re not going to get this job done in just a few years. I know that bringing our companies, our universities, our governments, our families, and ourselves into balance with the earth’s natural systems is a huge challenge. But the payoff is nothing short of survival." 

-Ray C. Andersen

The Ecology of Commerce

"Whenever we pollute or degrade that system with toxins or waste, we are destroying our natural capital and reducing our ability to sustain our civilization. It is that simple." 

-Paul Hawken

A Planet With Purpose

"Sustainability should be identifiable and relatable to all, no exceptions. We are all capable of maintaining a safe and healthy environment and behaving in a socially responsible way. It must be learned and practiced as any worthwhile habit. Sustainable practices are scalable."

-Erika Martiń

The Father of Green Chemistry, Forbes Interview

"Part of the answer stems from the scientific revolution, which has transformed the world over the past several centuries and has brought reductionist thinking into how we solve problems. Reductionism is an analytical technique that has resulted in some of the greatest discoveries and the deepest understandings that we could ever imagine, but it’s not enough. Unintended consequences seem to be a natural outcome of solely reductionist thinking—we need to couple it with systems thinking and integrative thinking."

-Paul Anastas

Natural Capitalism

"Total annual wastes in the United States, excluding wastewater, now exceed 50 trillion pounds a year. (A trillion is a large number: To count to 50 trillion at the rate of one per second would require the entire lifetimes of 24,000 people.) If wastewater is factored in, the total annual flow of waste in the American industrial system is 250 trillion pounds. Less than 2 percent of the total waste stream is actually recycled—primarily paper, glass, plastic, aluminum, and steel. Over the course of a decade, 500 trillion pounds of American resources will have been transformed into nonproductive solids and gases."

-Hawken, Hunter Lovins, B. Lovins

Common Wealth, Economics for a Crowded Planet

"By far the largest demands on water by society are for agriculture. Some 70 percent or more of surface water use (for example, from rivers) is for agriculture, with roughly 20 percent for industry and 10 percent for household use. In most places, even arid environments, ensuring water for household use is not usually a problem of sheer availability but rather of the limitations of physical investment in wells, pumps, pipes, and the like. Water availability becomes more of a problem when we turn to the larger-scale uses: industrial production and especially agriculture."

-Jeffrey D. Sachs