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About fishandships

Andrew Willner has been a city planner, furniture designer, sculptor, boat builder, environmentalist, story teller, and photographer. He was Executive Director and Baykeeper at NY/NJ Baykeeper for nineteen years and retired in April 2008. He has started a consulting firm, Andrew J. Willner, Inc., is exhibiting and published a book of his photographs, in 2008-9 was a visiting public scholar at Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute He is a founding member and continues to serve on the international Waterkeeper Alliance Board of Directors, and has travelled nationally and internationally to speak on behalf of the Waterkeeper model of water and habitat protection. Mr. Willner is a sought after speaker on a wide variety of subjects including environmental advocacy, habitat restoration, and sustainability. He is also called on to read from fiction and non-fiction works in progress, often supported by exhibitions of his photographs

An Agenda for a New America (part 1 of a few posts)

This proposal for an Agenda for a New America is built on three “pillars, (or more aptly three legs of a stool)” – durable economic prosperity, social justice, and human and ecological health – the highest possible quality of life in the best possible environment. An Agenda that will advance programs and policies, will respond effectively to the real limits of ecological systems while fostering the unprecedented opportunities of democracy in which all people are able to develop to their fullest potential. Sustainable (or durable) development, for the purposes of this proposal, is a process of continuous improvement by design of natural, built, economic and social systems. This means nurturing variety and productivity in natural systems; Increasing efficiency, using renewable resources and eliminating all waste in built systems; using social and environmental goals to create market opportunities in economic systems; helping all citizens understand whole systems and act on that knowledge in social systems.

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