What Inspires Us

Braiding Sweetgrass

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

In her book, Braiding Sweetgrass, she performs the most exquisite alchemy by weaving her scientific training, Indigenous wisdom traditions and her teachings of plants into pure gold – and medicine – for our time. A natural born story teller and teacher, she lays before us a path that circles back and forward at the same time, marking the way with defining questions that are worthy of answering.

Her work epitomizes what we hope to achieve one day in our projects by weaving together science, wisdom traditions and the arts. Very much looking forward to her next book, “The Democracy of Species”.


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Evidence-Based Hope

Dr. Elin Kelsey, a Canadian scholar, public speaker, educator and award-winning author, is helping to shift the narrative around our environmental issues to help us see the amazing things happening all over the world to rebuild biodiversity, address plastic pollution, restore species at risk, and so much more. She has been interviewed in several podcasts recently about her work, and her new book, Hope Matters – Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical to Solving the Environmental Crisis.

We join her in believing that people can get motivated to get involved and make a difference when they see what is possible, and how they can have an impact too. Check out #oceanoptimism, #earthoptimism, and #conservationoptimism, for stories of impact and change for the better.


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International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute is working to catalyze the transformation to communities that are socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. We have been deeply moved by their leadership, and are proud to be working on a registered Living Building Challenge and Living Community Challenge project. We will be sharing our learning and inspiration throughout our programs.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are about achieving peace and prosperity for all people, and our planet. Our own quest to make a practical difference in our local community is inspired by this vision.

With each of our projects, we are striving to multiply our efforts and make an impact on as many goals as possible.


Learn more about the UN SDGs
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Project Drawdown

This collaborative effort of scientists around the world presents the solutions that already exist to achieve the point where we start drawing down green house gas emissions. It has many free resources, including a short video-based course, and a set of programs for schools.


Visit the Project Drawdown Website

One Planet Living

“Imagine a world where everyone, everywhere lives happy, healthy lives within the limits of the planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness. We call this One Planet Living, and we believe it’s achievable.” One Planet Living is a vision of a world where we can live happily within the Earth’s resources, using a straightforward framework to achieve this. 

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