Sustainable Communities/ZERI-NM (SCZ) designs our projects using the five design principles of the ZERI International organization. They are based of the five kingdoms of nature:
ZERI's Five Design Principles
In nature, everything has value, whatever is waste for a species of one kingdom, is a nutrient for a living organism in another kingdom. The five kingdoms of nature generate sufficient resources for everyone on Earth. It is possible to use nature's systems to provide for all.
The five design principles of nature become apparent when we study the five kingdoms of nature, and when we analyze the results of our trials and errors made when implementing pioneering zeri projects:
1. Waste of a species is always a nutrient or an energy source for a species belonging to another kingdom. The waste of one industry should be used as a value-added input for another industry. If one species is fed its own waste, it will degenerate.
2. A toxin produced by one species is always a nutrient or an energy source for a species belonging to another kingdom. The toxin of one species can be used as input for species of another kingdom.
3. A virus threatening the life of a living species has no chance of survival in species belonging to at least 2 other kingdoms.
4. The more local, the more diverse, the more productive, the more resilient. The more diverse and local the systems are, the more efficient and resilient their operations will be.
5. When species from all 5 kingdoms live and work together, they will integrate and separate all matter at ambient temperature and pressure.
SCZ recognizes ZERI's Five Kinds of Intelligence. They are:
This graphic is from, http://www.zeri.org/initiative/basicconcerns.htm
ZERI International has been very important to the development of Sustainable Communities/ZERI-NM. We are grateful for their assistance and look forward to many more years of cooperation between our groups.
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