The North American Actor and Activity Map on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), a project funded by Industry Canada, is a report that examines the concept of sustainable consumption and production, and explores the ‘communities of practice’ in North America that are acting on specific leverage points within and across the SCP system. It builds on prior efforts, and contributes to filling a recognized gap in identifying who is doing what, where and why, in Canada and the United States as well as across both countries. Each circle in the graphic represents the many people working in the variety of communities of practice along the path of the consumption and production system. A whole network of actors has built around SCP, whether this work is undertaken by government and its agencies, the business sector and industry associations, not‐for‐profit organizations and grassroots community groups – individually or through various forms of collaboration. They work on, for example, redefining progress and the measure of true wealth and prosperity, local self‐reliance, socially responsible investment, green public procurement, industrial ecology, life‐cycle analysis, extended producer responsibility, corporate social responsibility, cradle‐to‐cradle design, ecolabelling, sustainable consumption research, sustainable lifestyles and zero waste. The report gives more detail on the work being done across the system. Having a model of the system is a good starting point to discuss the interrelationships, for example between consumption and needs / values. Email emmanuel at oneearthweb (dot) org for more information. With thanks to Lisa Hemmingway (Backyard Creatives) for her design work on this project. The report can be found here as a PDF.
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