We are leading an effort to develop the 1st National Master Sustainability Plan. This will be developed through The Leonardo Academy and Michael Arny, its Pres., and LEED EB commissioner. Our steering committee is also comprised of Julie Newman, Dir. of Sustainability from Yale University, Dr John Byrne, the Director and Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy Center for Energy & Environmental Policy University of Delaware, who shares the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore, Senator Jim Whalen (D, Atlantic city), and Steve Schappert, President of The Green Marketing Company. The effort is the brain child of Eric Hansel, President of EGM. EGM Green is a venture by Executive Gaming Monthly (EGM) to bring 100% Eco-Friendly gaming products to casino and luxury markets.
A celebrity poker tour and GreenFest will be promoted to raise funds.
It certainly seems as though we have similar goals and at least a shared goal of truly integrating sustainability into the every day lives of people everywhere…..thus lowering long term operational costs to maximize and profits even in times of slow, flat, or declining revenue. By opening up new revenue streams to companies…large and small, we have the power (together) to effect a positive change in many American’s lives, by putting people back to work, by generating new tax revenue for local..and state and federal government, and by increasing the per hour wages of millions as newly re-educated Green Collar Workers….whose employment would be just about guaranteed, as we rebuild.
This started as a thought a month or 2 ago, and already we have tremendous support for a very complex ANSI standard to develop a Master Sustainability Plan. I would like to invite you to join our effort in developing this ground breaking standard. Can you imagine if the Dept of Defense saved 20% off of their yearly operating budget of over 570 Billion dollars…they would be saving over 114 billion dollars.
Please join our efforts….just email me back with what your passion (in sustainability) is. We are also looking for financial backing as well.
The Charity Poker Tours mission is to mobilize celebrities, pro poker players and other influencers to raise money and awareness for the areas decimated by Superstorm Sandy and other natural disasters.
My mentor and partner, Mike Arny, LEED for existing buildings commissioner and me have begun initial meetings to develop a comprehensive framework (Master Sustainability Plan) for Sustainably Redeveloping the Jersey Shore. We already have Senator Whalen on board to help guide us legislatively….so by the time we are done (the two of us and a multidisciplinary team of stakeholders) developing this Standard the NJ senate through Sen. Whalen’s participation on the team will have already signed off on it…. Which is the first step to us not only getting the opportunity to Redevelop the Jersey Shore into a world class beach resort…….what it has always deserved to be. After that we will have proved that our theories actually effect a more profitable change than most believed possible. We will also be able to prove that the goal of being 20% renewable energy by 2020 will be Blown Away if all 11 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico…… Areas that were decimated by Super Storm Sandy……Including a house that I own on Green Island in Toms River.
To me this is personal all the things I remember as being amazing growing up….. Are now gone…..the boardwalk u have been going to since I was a child and have been bringing my boys to since they were 3 months old, wrecked and the roller coaster is in the ocean.
In our (mike and my) opinion they should leave it in the ocean To promote reef formation. Which will act as a barrier and be the first step towards keeping our beaches and beach towns safe during storms in the future. It will also lead to greater ocean life diversity (cool looking fish and a roller coaster as well as whatever else we sink to protect our beaches all along our shores….. Couldn’t hurt the states tourism and related businesses.
In my opinion:
- I also believe that the roller coaster is an icon, people from all over the world saw this picture and it could Increase tourism.
- I believe that with the right team we can actually help to turn around the economies that we’ve wrecked right along with the environment.
Then I also think we should write a paper on this amazing plan. Maybe a book as well, because once we prove our theories, we will be able to take this standard to other states municipalities and even other countries, to help them crush the 20% by 2020, and maybe we can innovate new ways to do things in a much more effective and efficient way any of us could even imagine. - Eric hansel