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Resources Site Plan

This page presents links to pages that already exist under the "Resources" section of NORA, as well as listings of pages that are planned. The indentation pattern shows which pages are "parents" of which other pages; a planned page will already be listed in its parent page (or sometimes in its "grandparent"). As pages get written, planned "child" themes will emerge leading to the listing of additional planned pages on this page.

Note: Duplicating the same page titles should be avoided, whether within this page or among the three site plans for needs, organizational forms and resources. Thus, although pages once written may have any number of links to different needs, organizational forms and resources, they should be listed only once here under the "parent" that seems most directly applicable.



Air and atmosphere:

  • air quality near the Earth’s surface
  • air quality affecting the ozone layer
  • gaseous composition of the atmosphere, including greenhouse gases
  • Technical methods to change production processes (substituting less polluting for more polluting ones, switching from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy, energy efficiency)
  • Various forms of government regulation
  • Intergovernmental approaches
  • Potential for commons-based approaches (e.g., trusts following Peter Barnes)

Water resources:

  • fresh water (surface, groundwater)
  • brackish and estuarine water
  • marine water
  • ice (glaciers, ice caps, permafrost)
  • Drip irrigation and other kinds of water-saving irrigation
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Closed-loop water use systems in industry
  • Wastewater treatment systems
  • Solar water desalinization etc.
  • Water commons
  • approaches to government regulation, taxation, fines etc.
  • various forms of property rights in water; tradable water use rights
  • river basin authorities
  • intergovernmental organizations (e.g., concerning Mediterranean Sea; international river basins)
  • international commons trusts?



  • fossil fuels
  • solar energy:
  • Photovoltaics (small scale; rooftop)
  • Solar Thermal (large scale)
  • Solar Thermal (small scale)
  • Energy Storage
  • Smart grids
  • solar residential design:
  • Government incentives and subsidies
  • Solar cooperatives
  • Solar commons
  • Solar energy financing
  • wind energy
  • large-scale wind energy:
  • Customer-owned wind farms
  • Energy4all
  • energy from water (rivers, tides, ocean currents)
  • geothermal energy
  • energy from biological sources (wood and other fuels, organic waste)
  • animal power
  • human power (e.g., cycling, seesaws to power water pumps)
  • Energy efficiency – technologies
  • Regulations and incentives for socially and environmentally appropriate business activities
  • Carbon and other natural resource trusts
  • Electric cooperatives
  • Urban planning and related approaches that reduce the need for cars


  • iron and other ferrous metals
  • non-ferrous metals
  • rare earths
  • common rocks and gravel (e.g., granite, marble, slate)
  • clay
  • gems

Living things (plants, animals, fungi, micro-organisms):

  • crop plants (genetic diversity and resilience)
  • domesticated animals (genetic diversity and resilience)
  • plant species (as well as larger taxonomic groups or vegetation types)
  • animal species (as well as larger taxonomic groups)
  • habitats and ecosystems


  • community-based resource management (includes fire management)
  • land rights for migrant workers?
  • programs to help new farmers get established
  • extension services for more environmentally friendly agriculture
  • polyculture
  • not subsidizing destructive agricultural practices
  • not building roads in roadless areas
  • policies and programs in support of small-scale, diversified agriculture
  • conservation easements
  • zoning of agricultural land
  • Ebenezer Howard concept of garden cities
  • regulations of harmful chemical substances (outlawing or taxing them)
  • organic agriculture (not using pesticides, using moderate amounts of natural fertilizers that release nutrients slowly as they decay or are weathered as in rock phosphate)
  • integrated pest management
  • cradle-to-cradle, circular economy production methods
  • research support for organic agriculture, and cradle-to-cradle, circular economy production methods
  • not granting patents for living things
  • supports (programmatic, legislative) for community-based seed sharing and livestock breeding

Physical, human-made assets:


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