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17 Powerful Quotes about Sustainability & Loving Our Planet

Posted by Michael Carlson on Thu, Jun 09, 2016

We love our planet, and so do these advocates for our environment - check out these quotes about sustability

We have to build the new, sustainable world together

When I go to professional conferences, I love to gather inspiring, fun, informative, interesting, and just plain funny quotes from the keynote speakers and educational sessions. I go to a lot of green building related conferences.

The best ones combine education about green building examples and technology, but also spend time on the spirit and purpose of doing what we do. I was recently in attendance at the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) Living Futures 2016 conference in Seattle the week of May 9, 2016, and it was fertile ground for great quotes.

It is a challenging time now. Our buildings must get a lot better, and they must make the transition incrementally, but quickly. We also need to recharge our creative energy on a regular basis to accelerate the process. We also need to remember to have fun and celebrate with each other.


Here are some of the quotes I picked up over 3 days of the Living Future Conference. If you were there and have any more to add, please share!


Alice Walker

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere & don't notice it"


Jamie Bechtel - CEO at New Course

“60% of the world’s poor depend on natural resources to survive”


Steve Curwood - Living on Earth Radio host and Executive Producer

“When we see anything, we feel connected to it. Such as nature, celebrities, actors, etc. Media is a system without feedback loops. It is one way. Our technology is ahead of us right now. ”


“The USA is number one in overall worldwide fossil fuel production. We are #1 in oil and natural gas and #2 in coal.”


“Nature will do a sustainable deal with us whenever we ask nicely.”


“We have met the enemy and he is us”


Amanda Sturgeon - CEO at ILFI

“If you get, give. If you learn, teach.”

“We need a scale that is monumental”


Jason McLennan - Former CEO at ILFI

“Sometime shit takes 10 years to do” (on the ramping up of the Living Building Challenge)


Buckminster Fuller

“Make that which you cannot change obsolete”

Ted Van de Lindon - DPR Construction

Defined “value engineering as value assassination”


Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Mindfulness is knowing what you are doing when you are doing it”


Kurt Hoelting - Cascadia Mindfulness Institute

“Mindfulness is inner habitat restoration.”

Michelle Moore - CEO at Groundswell

“Energy is not a luxury. We cannot afford the social cost of leaving anyone behind”


Ed Mazria - 2030 Architecture

“Any scenario over 2 degrees Celsius is uncontrollable. After that point, warming cannot be stopped”


Scott Kelly - re: vision

“Think beyond first cost. Think beyond energy costs.”


Janine Benyus

“Spring Happens”


And finally, one of the poems read at a Keynote session…..

Lost - by David Wagoner,

Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. you must let it find you.



What were your favorite quotes? Did you attend the event, and do you love sustainability the way I do? I'd love to hear what else you picked up that you thought was interesting.

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