- Sharing everything from tools, to recreational equipment, to vehicles, reduces the need to purchase these items, saving consumers money while efficiently maximizing the utility of the item in question and thereby reducing production resource consumption;
- Sharing products within local communities reduces the use of resources related to packaging, transportation and storage that are integral parts of traditional production models;
- The communication and social interaction that is part of the Sharing Economy reaps intangible benefits related to improved social cohesion, networking and a sense of community stewardship;
- Ride sharing and other transportation oriented sharing models help lower the total number of vehicle trips by creating viable alternatives to owning a vehicle, thereby reducing road congestion, air pollution, and our dependency on fossil fuels;
- The growing mainstream appeal of sharing resources is helping shift our consumer-based culture towards a conservation-based culture where pooling our resources to reduce consumption is a tenet of our daily lives.
The ForeFront Mission
ForeFront CSL is dedicated to helping communities and individuals work, play, and live in a more sustainable way, by sharing new technologies and initiatives, and developing innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle the materials we use on a daily basis; championing renewable energy resources, waste management and local production as methods for living in a more sustainable manner.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
- Interactive educational, training and awareness programs that increase transparency and encourage participation in sustainable development efforts at an incremental level
- Crowd sourcing of information that can be processed by management, conservation and research groups (e.g. collection of data on local flora and fauna with GPS tags to monitor and protect natural resources; real-time reporting of traffic, weather and seismic phenomena; photographic records of behavioral phenomena and/or complex visual data)
- Real-time reporting of toxic offenders and/or events that may threaten local environmental resources and/or human safety (e.g. illegal use of pesticides, discovery of illegal dumping sites, chemical spills, natural disasters, habitat destruction)
- Active and passive real-time monitoring of behavioral data and resource use (e.g. trip distance and energy consumption monitoring, carbon footprint calculations)
- Game-based platforms that encourage good deeds, data collection and monitoring with the use of social media-based recognition and/or rewards (e.g. coupon awards for identification of eco-friendly businesses, on-line public recognition for virtuous behavior)
- Networking, payment and monitoring software that facilitates the wider use of ride-share and vehicle-share programs, contributing to the reduction of overall vehicle trips; minimizing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
- Strategies for implementing successful residential additions and remodeling projects that incorporate the latest innovations in green building technology;
- Cohousing as a means for reducing environmental impact, sharing neighborhood resources and addressing the special needs of seniors.
- Rudolph Widmann, AIA, of ; Expert in sustainable residential architecture and a Certified Green Building Professional with an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.
- Raines Cohen; Cohousing expert and Community Organizer at Planning for Sustainable Communities
- Ericka Jennings; Realtor and EcoBroker at Green Key Real Estate, for healthy homes, greener living and smart investment
- (moderator) Greg Delaune; Urban & regional planner, founder/director of ForeFront CSL