When starting off in sustainability, it's useful to understand the multiple frameworks that help shape the thinking of those who are beating the greener drum. It's these values and principles that can help you hone in on your work - be it designing a new product, building, or testifying before Congress on the importance of sustainability.
A set of all-encompassing principles created in 1989 by Dr. Karl-Henrik Robert, this framework provides a structure for making business decisions based on ecological sustainability.
David Holmgren's 12 principles of permaculture can easily apply to business, and are an eloquent way to understand the underlying ideas behind sustainability systems.
Applying lessons learned from the study of natural methods and systems to the design of technology. Science writer Janine Benyus articulates nine principles in her 1997 book, Biomimicry: 1. Nature runs on sunlight 2. Nature uses only the energy it needs 3. Nature fits form to function 4. Nature recycles everything 5. Nature rewards cooperation 6. Nature banks on diversity 7. Nature demands local expertise 8. Nature curbs excesses from within 9. Nature taps the power of limits
Slow design’ focuses on ideas of well-being. A manifesto for slow sustainable designers
suggests a set of guidelines to create a more sustainable lifestyle.