Responsible Earth

What is sustainability?

    Our social and economic success is limited to the health of the environment; for            example, if our forests are clear-cut for lumber, then only so many houses--and so         much money--can be made before we exhaust our resources. Conversely, if we            invest millions of dollars into environmental preservation with no promise of                    economic return, that is neither viable, nor sustainable.

When the social, economic, and environmental needs are in balance, we achieve sustainability.

Responsible and Sustainable

    The Responsible Earth community is committed to finding innovative and                     sustainable solutions to problems affecting the long-term health of our planet.             Short-term solutions may be cheaper and easier to implement, but do not                     address the needs of a future planet. RE employs responsible ecosystem                     management tactics with forests', and therefore humanity's needs in mind.

    RE is currently developing carbon-neutral and cost-effective supply chains to turn       the Intermountain Region's excessive beetle-killed biomass into valuable energy and     products, which satisfies the "equitable" slice of the diagram above.

    Carbon-neutral--eventually, negative--conservation and management practices            reduce emissions for cleaner air, which is especially important for the Salt Lake             valley. To ensure these practices have as little unwanted impact on the                         ecosystem as possible, RE provides research opportunities for local                             biology/ecology students to study biodiversity and overall ecosystem success. RE     is, as you could have guessed, an environmentally conscious organization.

    RE targets beetle-killed trees not only to                     prevent uncontrollable wildfires, but also to keep         them from falling across roads, trails, or people!         While we are out managing the forests, we also do     our part to restore the forest's ability to self-                 regulate and thrive by planting saplings and                 combat rising CO2 by spreading permanent carbon     sequestration material, such as Biochar. These             "bearable" steps we take to manage local forests         are how we relate society to the envirionment.                                                                                        
    As far as the "social" circle of the sustainability Venn diagram goes, we at RE                 encourage anyone who wants to be a part of local forest conservation to contact         us. We only care about how hard you are willing to work! RE embraces diversity,         because those from different backgrounds have different funds of knowledge. We     attend various conservation-related gatherings to educate, present our findings, and     attract new people.
 "Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't."
                                                      -Bill Nye the Science Guy

    Are we viable? How about economical? RE actively creates new, local, market-        based jobs for in-forest activities (sustainable forest management, restoration, and         silviculture), but also provides skills enhancement across all positions to keep the         operation interesting and educational. Inefficient technology and practices are                 constantly updated with innovative ideas, and development of demand for our             biomass products ensures the continued need for our practices.

    With the increase in beetle-killed biomass, local land owners who profit from                 healthy forests will turn to management services like RE for infestation mitigation and     restoration. Inevitably, there will be land owners who do not want to deal with                 restoration and may wish to sell their property for commercial use. We promote             sustainable forest management alternatives to conversion of private forested                 land to such uses. In order to keep up with local demand, RE is prepared to                     supply through growth enhancement. RE aims to supply local products and             services to reduce transportation costs and emissions, and boost local economy.

Is Responsible Earth sustainable?

We're on our way there!