About the institute
The primary mission of the Institute is to research, design and implement ecologically benign, sustainable projects,
minimizing human impact on air, land and water. Such project may include: agro-forestry; permaculture; on-site power
generation and relevant cottage industries, integral with surrounding wildlife habitat. The Institute will focus its efforts in
California, USA and Panama, Central America.
The secondary mission of the Institute is to implement programs to provide citizens with the tools necessary to monitor
Scope of projects to cover primary mission will include
- Acquisition, if necessary, of suitable project sites.
- Research, design and implement human-dimensions "eco-villages" that promote and demonstrate sustainable lifestyles
and land stewardship.
- Research, design and implement wildlife areas that can retain the highest biodiversity possible while presenting the local
human population with opportunities to make a living in "buffer" areas designed not to interfere with the welfare of
adjacent wildlife populations and the habitat upon which they depend.
- Address socio-economic issues by researching the suitability of incorporating sustainable agriculture practices.
- Research and promote economic activities that have low or any impact on the environment
- Organize and promote "living catalogs" and inventories of local species, which in turn may provide income opportunities
for local populations, with the built-in incentive to conserve biodiversity.
- Fund studies to determine the economic value of a given area's biodiversity to instill in local populations an appreciation
of, and a desire to preserve, their natural heritage.
- Fund studies to explore the desirability and potential of alternative power sources that will have minimal ,if any, impact
- Provide research, internship, work and volunteer opportunities to under- and graduate students, working professionals,
- Explore the feasibility and impact of incorporating eco-tourism in our Panama site.
- Promote the concepts of sustainable land stewardship through publications, workshops, and professional organizations.
- Solicit funding for projects, including funding for, or the negotiation of donation of, land where sustainable land stewardship projects can be implemented.
Scope of projects to cover secondary mission will include
- Act as an information clearinghouse.
- Initiate partnerships with government and non-government agencies involved in sustainable development, to maximize resources.
- Design and implement workshops to teach citizens the tools necessary to monitor environmental quality.