Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

ferns 300Sustainability is so overused, that one wonders what the true meaning of the word is.

A healthy bottom line makes a business ‘sustainable’. A good relationship is called ‘sustainable’. A product that can be recycled has even been confusedly called ‘sustainable’. It is used interchangeably with the more general term ‘green’.

Professors William McDonough (American Architect) and Michael Braungart (German Chemist), coauthors of Cradle-to-Cradle  (2002),said in their The Hannover Principles – Design for Sustainability (1992), that “sustainability is a loaded and slippery term”.

The Oxford Dictionary defines sustainable as, “able to be maintained at a certain rate or level”.

The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT),defines a sustainable product as one that has “no negative impact on natural ecosystems or resources”.

 moss 200In the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, the Canada Green Building Council describes Rapidly Renewal Products as those “that are typically harvested within a ten-year cycle or shorter”.

I like Peter Victor's description of sustainability in his book, Managing without Growth (2008). A Professor of Environmental Studies at York University, he describes the three Daly principles, which to my thinking, makes perfect sense. The following summarizes these principles:

The 3 Principles of Sustainability:

1. Renewable Resources

Consumption of renewable resources should not exceed their ability for regeneration.

2. Non-renewable Resources

The depletion of non-renewable resources should not exceed the rate of any renewable alternative creation.

field 3003. Waste

The emissions should not exceed the ecosystem’s ability to absorb them.

William McDonough sums it up nicely with his “eliminate the concept of waste”, the 6th of the Hannover Principles. When one considers sustainability in practical terms of their everyday life, it becomes a way to raise consciousness about all our decisions.

 

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Hello Dayle
I teach in the interior decorating programme at humber college. I am currently developing a new course that encompasses sustainability. I was wondering if you would be able to come and speak to our students about sustainability in...

Hello Dayle
I teach in the interior decorating programme at humber college. I am currently developing a new course that encompasses sustainability. I was wondering if you would be able to come and speak to our students about sustainability in the Fall/ Is this at all possible?

thank you pamela mayhew

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Hello Pamela,
I would be pleased to discuss speaking about sustainability with your students. Do give me a call to chat about your requirements. 905-846-3221
Best regards,
Dayle

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