Sustainability – A Personal Journey… by Stuart W. Rose, Ph.D.

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When I started reading Sustainability by Stuart W. Rose, Ph.D., I expected to learn about the innovative community he and his wife, Trina, had designed and built in Poquoson, Virginia. And I did. But I also learned many more things about sustainable communities and futurism that I hadn’t expected.

The book is an easy read, but also sort of quirky. Rose has a habit of ending one thought with ellipses and trailing off into a new paragraph. He has an interesting idea about where to place commas (e.g., as the last character before closing parentheses) — not exactly standard English composition. But it’s kind of charming in its literary naiveté.

Rose, however, is far from naive. As readers learn at the beginning of the book, “Dr. Rose is a registered architect, and a graduate structural engineer. He holds a doctorate in organizational development, has been a professor at three major universities, and has worked for several decades as an educator and a consultant to architects, consulting engineers, and other design professionals. Sustainability is arranged in chronological chapters, beginning “Circa 1985” with the author’s professional and personal concerns about global sustainability.

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Amanda Rooker, Contributing Writer

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Amanda Rooker is a freelance writer and editor based in Yorktown, Virginia. She also serves as a spiritual director and teacher at LivingStone Monastery, a Protestant community and retreat house in Newport News, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William and Mary and her Master of Divinity from Duke University.

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Spiritual Sustainability: Save the Earth Without Killing Yourself

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For much of my life, I have zealously pursued the ideal of sustainable living. A deep love for the natural world, coupled with an equally deep perfectionist streak, made me alternately — depending on the flavor of the times — an object of curiosity or subject to ridicule. However, over the past five years, I have had to admit that this ultra-determined sort of sustainability has not produced the eco-perfect life that I expected.

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My 5: Amanda Rooker, Freelance Writer and Spiritual Teacher

February 4, 2009 by  
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Blue Planet Green Living asked contributing writer Amanda Rooker, “What are the five most important things we can do to save the earth?”
BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to save the planet?

Amanda Rooker:

* Live simply.

* Love people, not things….

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