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Looking back to the beginnings of "Green Best Practices":

GreenPolicy360 brings a long past with us as we move into the 21st century.

Our eco- and political-roots go back to lessons learned over three decades influenced by a trained engineer who was educated in physics and brought a core set of forward-looking values to his work. Representative George E. Brown, originally from East Los Angeles/Monterey Park, was "instrumental" in envisioning and working to pass historic environmental initiatives over three decades in the U.S. Congress, including the recommendations and legislation that led to the US EPA's establishment. Congressman Brown was right there in the center of first era of U.S. environmental legislation, a stalwart supporter of science who went on to become chair of the House Science Committee. In many roles, including drafting the legislation that set up the first 'National Climate Research Program' via the National Climate Program Act of 1978. George worked every day with singular focus on science and the environment until his untimely death in 1999.

Representative Brown

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George brought your Green Policy siterunner into politics at the beginning of the Congressman's career in 1963. George became a mentor to your siterunner over the years, starting when I was a 14 and 15 year year old and my high school debate team researched and addressed nuclear weapons and proliferation, the year's debate topic. The Congressman generously shared his ideas about the 'Cuban Missile Crisis' and risks of cataclysmic nuclear war, this as the Vietnam war heated up and the Cold war took on ominous dimension.

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Rep. George Brown and GreenPolicy360 founder Steve Schmidt, 1969

>Remembering the 'start-up' of a modern environmental movement and a foundation of environmental protection laws from green visionaries like George E. Brown in California.

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"My friend George"

George Brown was looking forward to the 21st century and especially to the challenge of nuclear non-proliferation, his concern for decades. George was a visionary, an engineer, a vet who opposed disastrous war, and a leader in Congress who led from California in shaping the modern environmental movement. In his 'rumpled, quiet way' he moved to form coalitions few thought could be formed and garnered support for the first set of U.S. Congressional acts that served as foundation legislation for decades of green progress. His work advanced environmental air quality and clean air legislation (he attacked Los Angeles smog, some of the worst air quality of any city in the world at the time and the air standards that came out of California became models worldwide). He succeeded in clean water efforts, though rarely given credit given his quiet approach to accomplishing big picture goals. As one example, he "championed" and was a key player in legislation founding the Environmental Protection Agency, as the LA Times noted (without pomp or circumstance) in George's obit: "He championed the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency". The EPA was in many ways his vision achieved... George was for decades the Congressperson out in front of "big science". He was a key figure in the Landsat program, the long-running database of imagery of Earth that is moving on to its fifth decade with Landsat 9 (and open access) as a result of Brown's efforts. On the House science committee for over 30 years he led an array of science efforts, including one that greens look to as prescient -- he drafted legislation establishing the first federal climate change research program via the Federal Climate Program Act of 1978. His profound accomplishments are especially missed now in the current era as anti-science positioning in the U.S. Congress threatens national and global security...

The First Earth Day: Personal Memories by Steven Schmidt of George's Role

Congressman Brown's work advanced environmental air quality and clean air legislation. He introduced the nation's first bill to ban lead in gasoline and was at the forefront of the Clean Air Act. He attacked Los Angeles smog, some of the worst air quality of any city in the world at the time and the air standards that came out of California became models worldwide. He succeeded in clean air and water efforts, though rarely given credit given his quiet approach to accomplishing big picture goals.

I should also mention here that George, as a trained engineer, often spoke to me of 'models' and, as my father who was a builder likewise spoke of models, blueprints and successful planning, I came up with the term "Green Best Practices" to describe a process of building on success.

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George saw California's 1960s and 70s push for environmental protection legislation at the state and federal level as models for the world.

He was an instrumental force over decades in these initiatives beginning especially with the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. He saw the EPA as a way to create and then scale up successful environmental practices, from California into federal legislation on Clean Air/Clean Water, and to 'export' to the world. The vision, plans and techniques 'invented' in the 1960s and 70s, and expanded in the 1980s and 90s thru the EPA and innumerable adoption of Green Best Practices locally and globally became a legacy...

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GreenPolicy360 Siterunner: In the early years of the modern environmental movement, a conscious effort was made to construct a foundation of environmental laws and regulations on which a multi-year environmental protection framework could be built. Your GreenPolicy360 founder was one of those who believed in this constructive paradigm, using model legislation that could be locally developed, often in our state of California, then shared, 'exported' as we used to say, 'to the Feds' for adoption at the national level. The history here provides an ongoing modus operandi from the 60s and 70s until now as we deal with the pressing local, national, and international/global environmental threats and crises. We, at GreenPolicy360, call this "green best practices". Best practices is a model for sharing, networking, building on success and action. Templates and models, best practices made openly available, are our plans for having multiplier effects -- and it is our ongoing mission. A strong and resilient legal foundation and framework of environmental laws is an essential part of our overall work. We encourage you to join in as citizens of every nation, within your multiple and diverse legal systems and, we must add, as planet citizens. It is time for planet citizen action.

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As the LA Times noted (without pomp or circumstance) in George's obituary in 1999: "He championed the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency". The creation of the EPA was in many ways Congressman George Brown's vision achieved..."

The founding of the EPA was based on new realizations of science and the environment. The vision of the "Whole Earth" that began with unprecedented Apollo photos on the cover of Life magazine in January 1969 led to a coming together of education, students 'teach-ins', scientific space missions studying earth systems for the first time, and popular demands for environmental protections.

A leader and a chairperson on the House science committee for over 30 years, George legislatively engineered an array of science efforts, including one that greens look to as prescient -- climate science.

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When Congressman Brown drafted originating legislation establishing a national climate change research program via the National Climate Program Act of 1978, the scientific community and nation were just beginning to awaken to a new national security threat. I remember his concern, our concern. He was trained as a scientist, an engineer, with an ability to see facts and data sets in a way others could not.

Representative Brown was out in front of "Big Science". In his decades on the House Science, Space & Technology Committee, he worked to expand the reach of science. He knew that good data enabled good policy decisions. He pressed for first-generation earth science satellites and ongoing earth monitoring missions and data sharing.

Among his many initiatives, George Brown was a key figure in proposing, establishing, and then saving the Landsat program, the uniquely 'open-access' database of Earth Science imaging when President Reagan attempted to shut Landsat down. Landsat, a model for all the following earth science research missions from space, is now moving into its fifth decade with Landsat 9.

George's profound accomplishments are especially missed now in the current era as anti-science positioning in the U.S. Congress threatens national and global security...

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Rep. George Brown was known as a champion for science. He left behind a deep and expansive legacy that has shaped science and science policy in America. Among some of his many accomplishments during his service on the House Science Committee:

Established the first federal climate change research program in the Federal Climate Program Act of 1978

Established the Office of Science and Technology Policy

Established the Environmental Protection Agency

Established the Office of Technology Assessment

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George E. Brown Jr. - East L.A. to 'Planet Citizen'


A Conversation with George E. Brown Jr.

The Congressman Who Loved Science

New York Times, March 9, 1999

Mr. Brown, 79, has been a crucial supporter of manned and unmanned space exploration. He was an author of legislation creating the Environmental Protection Agency, a prime mover behind efforts to include ozone layer protections in the Clean Air Act...

"From my earliest days, I was fascinated by science," Mr. Brown said in his offices on Capitol Hill, his wife, Marta, at his side. "Also by my earliest days, I was fascinated by a utopian vision of what the world could be like. I've thought that science could be the basis for a better world, and that's what I've been trying to do all these years."

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One of our foremost goals, beginning with Earth Day in 1970 and the estabisment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was to create models for cities, states and nations of successful legislation that can be replicated and multiply. Looking back, we can say we succeeded in this vision.

The green, environmental protections and laws that arose in the 1960s and 70s have continued to serv as a model for many government and non-government organizations.

The activism of the first wave of the modern environmental movement has led to advances in awareness and public/private action around the US and globally.

The US EPA has become, as many hoped for during and after its inception, a model of Green Best Practices. Many national and state organizations have been established to expand on 'EPA model'.

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California out in front in a Green future

GreenPolicy360 Siterunner:

An added note about Jerry Brown and the California political environment, very much out in front of the environmental movement with far-sighted regulations of auto emissions, air quality control, and a host of first-mover green initiatives. Your GreenPolicy siterunner I came to know the Governor in the 1970s and supported the Governor's work, eventually becoming an advisor. The multiple environmental protection initiatives that Jerry Brown and forward-looking California activists put forward are numerous and continue to serve as model green best practices for other communities, states and even countries. In 1992 your siterunner worked with the Brown presidential campaign and directly with the Governor to draft the 1992 presidential campaign platform, emphasizing many green ideas as well as campaign finance/lobbying reform to make possible our environmental policies and positions.

Governor Brown had been called an 'insurgent', a dreamer, and too many names to mention but one of the best known was his "Governor Moonbeam" moniker that Mike Royko, the newsman from Chicago gave him and later 'took back' as politics and environmental realities came to support the Governor's 'far-out' positions. The Jesuit logic-in-action of Jerry Brown serves as a counterpoint to charges that he was 'spacey'. Today, under the Governor's leadership, the state's environmental work and California EPA with out-in-front legislation continues to this day acting as a model. Many are moving to catch up, protect their environments and shift to energy efficient and productive economics.

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Michael Pollan was a friend of ours, our team of Bioneers at Seeds of Change in Santa Fe in the early 90s. We exchanged ideas about food diversity and the underlying importance of diversity of seed stock in 'alternative agriculture', the seeds selected and saved for their best of season qualities and grown out to be planted over the decades and centuries. Plant biodiversity is, as we used to say, is "nature's strategy of survival". The multiple varieties of edibles contrast with the selection of a few varieties that comprise industrial "monoculture". The diversity of plant and food varieties begins with what are often called "heirloom" seeds and traditional seeds as opposed to the hybrid, patented seeds and planting regimens with high petrochemical inputs of industrial agriculture.

Michael Pollan's The Seed Conspiracy is revealing in telling this story and his writing which we provided research resources has, in many ways, helped to spread awareness and a food revolution in the US. Read Michael's 1994 long-form article for NY Times Magazine. It becomes the basis for his many subsequent books as he speaks of organic ag, open pollinated seeds, corporate agriculture, food, restaurants, and health.


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Agroecological Farming

‘A more environmentally and socially sensitive approach to agriculture, one that focuses not only on production, but also on the ecological sustainability of the productive system.’


'Agroforestry refers to the practice of growing trees combined with crops and/or animals in ways that create benefits from their interactions.'

Biodynamic Agriculture - Biodynamic farms map/US

‘Concept and practices of Dr. Rudolph Steiner emphasizing forces within living nature…’

Biointensive Gardening -

‘John Jeavons and Ecology Action have refined a production system that makes it possible for one person to grow all of his or her family's food using truly sustainable methods that maintain the fertility of the soil without relying on nonrenewable resources like petrochemicals or imported organic matter.’

Biological Farming! - -

‘Biological and Ecological Farming are terms commonly used in Europe and developing countries… Biological farming are systems of crop production in which the producer tries to minimize the use of 'chemicals' for control of crop pests, emphasizing sustainability.’

Carbon Farming Agricultural practices that maximize carbon sequestration

Climate Smart Agriculture

‘Agriculture practices designed to be sustainable while minimizing damaging impacts of the environment.’

Community Supported Agriculture - - Local Farms - Maps There are almost two million farms in the USA. About 80% of those are small farms, and a large percentage are family owned. More and more of these farmers are now selling their products directly to the public. They do this via CSA programs, Farmers' Markets, Food Coops, u-picks, farm stands, and other direct marketing channels.

‘CSA’s consist of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.’

Natural Farming

‘Natural Farming reflects the experiences and philosophy of Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka…’

Organic Farming

Organic farming was championed in the United States by J.I. Rodale, beginning in the mid-1940s. "The organic farmer and gardener must realize that fertilization is not the only measure for success. He must treat the soil as a living, breathing entity. He must rotate crops. He must fallow the land at regulated intervals. The organiculturist must not practice one-crop monoculture but must engage in a balanced agriculture with cattle as part of the general program. He must be smart in the ways of soil and crops, observing the reaction of the land to the actions of man. For instance, he must know when to plant, when to harvest, and what varieties of seed to use. Compost alone does not make a successful gardener any more than does gardening without compost." ["The Organiculturist’s Creed," in The Organic Front]

As defined by a USDA Study Team on Organic Farming, "Organic farming is a production system which avoids or largely excludes the use of synthetically compounded fertilizers, pesticides, growth regulators, and livestock feed additives.

The following definition was drafted and passed by the USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in April 1995. It was developed by a joint NOSB/National Organic Program task force, and incorporated language from the Codex Draft Guidelines for organically produced foods: "Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony. ‘Organic’ is a labeling term that denotes products produced under the authority of the Organic Foods Production Act. The principal guidelines for organic production are to use materials and practices that enhance the ecological balance of natural systems and that integrate the parts of the farming system into an ecological whole.”

"Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled "organic," a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too." [What is organic food? (USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service, National Organic Program (NOP))]


‘A contraction of "permanent agriculture," the word "permaculture" was coined by Australian Bill Mollison in the late 1970s. One of the many alternative agriculture systems described as sustainable, permaculture is "unique in its emphasis on design; that is, the location of each element in a landscape, and the evolution of landscape over time. The goal of permaculture is to produce an efficient, low-maintenance integration of plants, animals, people and structure... applied at the scale of a home garden, all the way through to a large farm." [John Quinney, "Permaculture in the United States.]’

Regenerative Agriculture

‘Robert Rodale coined this term, and it subsequently was expanded to "regenerative/sustainable agriculture" by the Rodale Institute and Rodale Research Center.’

Regenerative ag has expanded in 2015 with 'climate smart' activism --

Seed Saving


Silvopasture (Latin, silva forest) is the practice of integrating trees, forage, and the grazing of domesticated animals in a mutually beneficial way. It utilizes the principles of managed grazing, and it is one of several distinct forms of agroforestry.

Sustainable Agriculture

‘Agriculture within a system of sustainable development looks to ... "meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." [The World Commission on Environment and Development].’

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‘Small-scale’, ‘micro-farming intended to produce enough food for self-sufficient living. Often less than an acre up to five acre size farms.’

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