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Do you have commonly accepted definitions for the following words?
Several of these terms have been coined by Janine Benyus who has been studying biomimicry. Her book is called Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature.
Amory & Hunter Lovins at the Rocky Mountain Institute have coined a number of these terms as well related to natural capitalism. Visit their web site at http://www.natcap.org/ or reference their books. The titles dealing with this topic are Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, The Natural Advantage Of Nations: Business Opportunities, Innovation And Governance In The 21st Century, and A Road Map for Natural Capitalism, an e-book available through Amazon.com.
You might also want to check out The Dictionary of Sustainable Management at http://www.sustainabilitydictionary.com/, a project of the Presidio School of Management.
If these sources don't help you determine definitions for some of the terms, try using Google's DEFINE search (search syntax is define:word or term). As a test, I used the search string define:"environmental labeling". Google didn't come up with a definition, but did ask if I wanted to search the web. The first result in the web search was to EPA's About Environmental Labeling page, which explains how they define it.
A search for define:biomimicry produced no definitions, but clicking on the "search" link provided a link to http://www.biomimicry.org/intro.html, which has a definition at the top of the page.
A search for define:sustainability did produce a list of definitions on the web. You can see the results at http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=define%3Asustainability&btnG=Search.
If you type the above terms into Google's search box (with or without define: at the beginning), you'll find that a page at or near the top of the results list will give you a generally accepted definition or explanation of the term.
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