From Rhizome to Renaissance: Engaging Integral Bamboo Systems for Sustainable Development

By Jonathan M. Scherch.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper will discuss efforts undertaken in China and elswhere to advance sustainable bamboo industry activities and introduce a framework for assessing whole-system bamboo "best practices."

Keywords: Bamboo, Sustainable Development, Permaculture, Industrial Ecology, Scherch

International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.39-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.190MB).

Dr. Jonathan M. Scherch

A social worker and Core Faculty member of the Graduate Program on Environment & Community at Antioch University Seattle, in 2006/07 I served as Visiting Faculty at Zhejiang Forestry University, Zhejiang Province, China. I teach graduate courses on sustainable development, ecological and permaculture design, and pursue research on themes of social work and sustainable living innovations, community readiness for peak/post-petroleum futures, and international bamboo cultures and economies. In 2004, I founded Pacific Bamboo Resource Group (, a research, education and consulting firm for sustainable international and domestic bamboo cultivation, manufacturing and usage. Recent publications: (a) Scherch, J. (2005). Models of Sustainability. In John Nolt's (Ed.) A Land Imperiled: The Declining Ecological Health of Southern Appalachia. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. (b) Scherch, J. (2005). Sustainability in Exile: Envisioning Permanent Culture in Tibetan Refugee Settlements. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 1(2). (c) Scherch, J. (2007). Riverton: Envisioning a Sustainable Community. In D. Fauri, S. Wernet & F.E. Netting's (Eds.) Cases in Social Work Macro Practice, 3rd Edition. New York: Allyn & Bacon. My website: (


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