Reliable prosperity
Society | Nature | Capital

What does reliable prosperity look like?

Welcome to Reliable Prosperity, a project of Ecotrust. On this site you will discover 57 elements for greater economic, social and environmental well-being. Together, these elements form a visual and conceptual framework that can be used by individuals, businesses, governments, and nonprofits to seed innovation and inspiration. We are always looking for ways to improve our vision. If you have an idea for us, please share it.

Ecotrust developed this framework over nearly 20 years of practical work in the coastal temperate rainforests of the West (from Alaska to California). We believe that reliable prosperity inherently serves the self-interest of individuals, communities, and nature, and we seek to help people create their own reliable prosperity.

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The Pattern Map Society Reliable Prosperity Household Economies Fair Trade Climate Services Ecological Land-Use Community Fundamental Needs Green Business Ecosystem Services Nature Watershed Services Soil Services Compact Cities and Towns Urban Growth Boundaries Ecological Infrastructure Transit Access Green Building Human-Scale Neighborhoods Ecotourism Fisheries Agriculture Connected Wildlands Buffer Zones Wildlife Corridors Core Reserves Forestry Productive Rural Areas Product as Service Waste as a Resource Long-Term Profitability Community Benefit Green Procurement Renewable Energy Materials Cycles Resource Efficiency Local Assets Rural-Urban Linkages Value-Added Production Bioregional Economies Product Labeling True Cost Pricing Subsistence Rights Shelter for All Health Access to Knowledge Social Equity Civic Society Just Transitions Beauty and Play Sense of Place Cultural Preservation Cultural Diversity Security Local Economies Capital Biodiversity

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Reliable Prosperity


Fundamental Needs

Subsistence Rights

Shelter For All


Access to Knowledge


Social Equity


Cultural Diversity

Cultural Preservation

Sense of Place

Beauty and Play

Just Transitions

Civic Society


Ecological Land-Use

Connected Wildlands

Core Reserves

Wildlife Corridors

Buffer Zones

Productive Rural Areas





Compact Towns and Cities

Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Green Building

Transit Access

Ecological Infrastructure

Urban Growth Boundaries

Ecosystem Services

Watershed Services

Soil Services

Climate Services



Household Economies

Green Business

Long-Term Profitability

Community Benefit

Green Procurement

Renewable Energy

Materials Cycles

Resource Efficiency

Waste as Resource

Product as Service

Local Economies

Value-Added Production

Rural-Urban Linkages

Local Assets

Bioregional Economies

Fair Trade

True Cost Pricing

Product Labeling