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By Jurgen Schmandt

An power multi-millionaire, genuine property developer, and philanthropist, George P. Mitchell is also an idealist, an immense philosopher who gave his time and fortune to the learn of sustainability lengthy prior to it turned a family word.Jurgen Schmandt, who has labored for Mitchell for a few years, explains and lines the belief of a sustainable society, from its beginning within the eighteenth-century inspiration of the "commons" to its twentieth-century generation within the 1987 United international locations document "Our universal Future." He then chronicles Mitchell’s dedication to this concept from the early Sixties, whilst the point of interest was once on inhabitants progress, to this present day, while weather swap and international warming dominate the debate.Mitchell complex his trust that humankind might create "a stability among monetary and ecological well-being" by organizing and web hosting meetings, awarding prizes, assisting students and scientists, and investment learn and courses. He did it on the Aspen Institute, on the Woodlands meetings, on the nationwide Academy of Sciences, on the Mitchell heart for Sustainable improvement, and on the Houston complicated examine heart. (Paradoxically, he didn't regularly do it in his personal power company.)Documenting one very important man’s engagement with one very important notion, Schmandt has preserved an important episode within the ongoing quest to create societies which are "capable of attaining after which maintaining a good caliber of lifestyles for his or her citizens."

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