CONSUMPTION AND CONSERVATION OF RESOURCES
Preamble: Historically, the aenvironmental movement has emphasized three tracks: 1) conservation;
2) changing consumptive habits; and 3) regulating, eliminating, and reducing the production of harmful substances.
Preservation and Conservation of Land: In the 19th and 20th centuries the efforts of John Muir and
Teddy Roosevelt laid the foundation for conservationists. An outgrowth of their efforts was the creation of national parks and an appreciation of the intrinsic value of our natural resources.
Consumption and Conservation of Resources: The second track relates to the adjusting of consumer habits. Efforts to “reduce, reuse and recycle” and the use of Compact Florescent Bulbs illustrate this trend.
Precautionary Principle & Costs: The third track attempts to alter the production of substances or
stop activities that are harmful to people and the environment. If “an activity raises threats of harm to
human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and
effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.” This track strives to learn if we have “hidden” costs, placed on the public and government for resource development and production. “Hidden”
costs can include tax subsidies, environmental destruction and adverse health problems experienced by residents and workers.
This is a research proposal aimed at reducing production losses in the manufacturing department of an organization. The problem domain is how well information system can be adopted in an organization to monitor production and reduce on loss of production (Behling, 14). The process of making a product passes through various departments in an organization. The initial step in the production is ...
Paul Russell Cutright, Theodore Roosevelt: The Making of a Conservationist, Chicago: University of Illinois Press,
1985 and John Muir, The Story of My Boyhood and Youth, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1916
Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle, Jan. 1998, http://www.sehn.org/wing.html
Jenrose Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Jason Bailey and Melissa Fry Konty, Ph.D., The Economics of Coal in Kentucky: Current
Impacts and Future Prospects, Berea, Ky.: Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, June 25,
2009. http://maced.org/coal/documents/Impact_of_Coal.pdf and Jenrose Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Jason Bailey and Melissa
Fry Konty, Ph.D., The Impact of Coal on the Kentucky State Budget, Berea, Ky.: Mountain Association for Community
Economic Development, June 25, 2009. http://maced.org/coal/documents/Economics_of_Coal.pdf; and Downstream
Strategies has published reports on the impact of coal on the state budgets of Tennessee <http://www.downstreamstrategies.com/Documents/reports_publication/DownstreamStrategies-coalWV.pdf> and West Virginia
Michael Hendryx and Melissa M. Ahern, “Mortality in Appalachian Coal Mining Regions: The Value of Statistical Life
Lost,” Public Health Reports, Volume 124, Issue Number 4 July/August 2009, pp. 541-550, available from
http://wvgazette.com/static/coaltattoo/MortalityAppCoalRegions.pdf The growth in public awareness of the necessity to conserve has created opportunities to shrink our
negative impact on our environment. Climate change and energy policy discussion will affect our
region and participating in these policy creations is important. We can look for opportunities within
these environmental arenas to find sustainable economic options. Examples of opportunities include
1. Create Multi-County, Local Recycling Infrastructures: This local Recycling Infrastructures can serve to reduce the costs our local governments incur for solid waste disposal, create employment and generate income opportunities.
It warms and cools our homes, cooks our food, plays our music, and gives us pictures on television. Energy is defined as the ability or the capacity to do work. We use energy to do work and make all movements. When we eat, our bodies transform the food into energy to do work. When we run or walk or do some work, we ‘burn’ energy in our bodies. Cars, planes, trolleys, boats, and machinery also ...
2. Create Businesses That Reduce Energy Costs for Households and Businesses:
Kentucky electric rates are the seventh lowest in the nation, while per household consumption
is among the highest. This is largely due to their old housing stock. Programs to improved
insulation and upgrade of appliances can save energy and money.
3. Develop Green Collar Jobs that provide decent employment and protect our environment
in regions whose economies have been based on fossil fuel energy extraction and production.