means living in harmony with the natural systems of our planet...
while ensuring quality of life for all its people. 

Resource Budgets...
At Earthos, we believe that resource budgets are key to achieving sustainability. Resource management is critical to both mitigation of, and adaptation to, global warming, related climate change, and ocean rise. The many existing and developing programs related to sustainable design, such as the LEED program of USGBC, while valuable, do not necessarily ensure that we are achieving worldwide balance in sustainability. 

We believe that to ensure measurable strides towards sustainability, we need to establish resource budgets for critical resources such as water, food and energy. Resource budgets are the amounts of available renewable natural resources that can be allocated to human use, after reserving the amounts necessary to support healthy ecosystems. These budgets are based on available resources in each bioregion. 

Total Renewable Resource minus
Shares for Ecosystems & Inorganic Cycles
= Budget for Human Uses

Our goal is to create ways for designers and planners to use these resource budgets when they develop solutions for the built environment—to keep overall human consumption in balance with the planet’s capabilities.

Because technologies are changing at unprecedented rates, sustainable “best practices” are extremely difficult to identify. We believe it is critical to establish resource budget systems and feedback mechanisms in order to accurately measure and evaluate performance of our designs for buildings, urban infrastructure, and settlement patterns.

Place Making and Social Justice...
A planet at war or filled with injustice is not a sustainable place. It is like a baseball team with injured players—not able to win or even to play reliably. Earthos principals have helped to invent and practice successful place-making for about forty years. The place-making process assists significantly in advancing global urban culture and the spread of social justice. We are committed to maintaining and renewing ethnic diversity, with full empowerment, for all people.

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