The Restoration Economy
Koehler, November 2002) He is also the Executive
Revitalization Institute, the alliance for community renewal and
natural resource restoration. Revitalization Institute is a
non-profit research and education organization supported by its
members. Its mission is "to advance integrated renewal of
communities and natural resources worldwide".
He is also the CEO of
Revitalization Strategies, Inc.
RSI is a consulting firm that helps communities, counties, tribes,
regions, and nations develop integrated revitalization strategies.
This approach creates rapid, sustainable economic growth based on
restoring built, natural, and cultural assets with the involvement
of all stakeholders.
As the world's leading advocate on
restorative development strategies and integrated revitalization
policies, Storm specializes in being a generalist. On any given
day, he might be working with educators, fishery biologists, city
planners, agronomists, watershed managers, transportation engineers,
environmentalists, economic development organizations, real
developers, GIS software firms, project managers, mayors, ecosystem
restorationists, brownfields experts, historic preservationists, or
catastrophe recovery agencies.
He is retained on a regular basis to speak
or consult with federal agencies (such as Environment Canada),
state/provincial governments, metropolitan areas & rural
communities, and Fortune 500 companies. [A recent example: The U.S.
State Department (through the American Embassy in Warsaw) sponsored
Storm's Polish speaking tour (and series of meetings with mayors) in
2006.] Storm also lectures at leading
academic institutions worldwide on a regular basis. He's
currently working with Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana to
create a statewide restoration economy.
Storm Cunningham was—from 1996 to
2002—Director, Strategic Initiatives at the
Specifications Institute, a
50+ year-old association of 18,000 architects, engineers,
contractors, and manufacturers. They provide training and
certification for construction specifiers and document specialists,
and their formats are the standard for quality commercial
construction in the U.S., Canada, and several other countries.
During this time, he was CSI's staff liaison to the U.S. Green
He was previously CEO of a small
manufacturing company that developed aquaculture systems based on a
pioneering water purification technology invented at the
A former Green Beret SCUBA medic, he is
an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist.
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