Deep Well Methane Recovery System
Atlantis has dedicated itself to sustainable agriculture and sustainable business and commerce overall. The Sustainable Development Goals are interwoven into the fabric of Atlantis' Business Plan.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations. The broad goals are interrelated though each has its own targets to achieve. The total number of targets is 169. The SDGs cover a broad range of social and economic development
issues. These include poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice. The SDGs are also
known as "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" or Agenda 2030 in short. The goals were developed to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which ended in 2015. Unlike the MDGs, the SDG framework does
not distinguish between "developed" and "developing" nations. Instead, the goals apply to all countries.
Paragraph 54 United Nations Resolution A/RES/70/1 of 25 September 2015 contains the goals and targets. The UN-led process involved its 193 Member
States and global civil society. The resolution is a broad intergovernmental agreement that acts as the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The SDGs build on the principles agreed upon in Resolution A/RES/66/288, entitled "The Future We Want". This was a non-binding
document released as a result of Rio+20 Conference held in 2012.
Following are the 17 Goals for Sustainability...and how Atlantis will implement them.
Goal 1: No Poverty
"End poverty in all its forms everywhere."
While Atlantis cannot end poverty everywhere, we can do our part
by providing a livable wage for every worker on our staff. Further, Atlantis provides clean, safe, livable living quarters for every worker who desires it, directly on the Plantation as part of their compensation package.
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
"End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable
Atlantis' Business Plan provides for the very essence fo sustainable agriculture; producing both renewable building wood, Paulowina Honey, and highly nutritious
designer vegetables all on the same land through intercropping techniques first developed and extensively tested in China.
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being for people
"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages."
Atlantis will provide, as part of all workers'
compensation package, bi-monthly wellness visits to the plantation by a trained and qualified physician.
Moreover, Atlantis will provide for a mid-week mid-day monthly Fiesta for all Plantation workers, promoting health, well being, and festive working environment.
Goal 4: Quality
"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."
Atlantis has a written personnel policy that stresses equal pay for equal work, no matter age nor gender. The only difference in pay scales for similar positions is experience; the more experience, the higher the pay.
Goal 5: Gender Equality
"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls."
Atlantis seeks to empower all genders and all people without regard to age, race, gender, or sexual orientation. This, too is written into Atlantis' personnel policy.
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
"Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation
Atlantis uses groundwater on the plantation for a host of different purposes. There are four wells on the property and one central water treatment facility providing
water quality well above USEPA standards without injection of fluoride or chlorine poisons. The water on Atlantis Plantation all water quality standards.
Goal 7: Affordable
and Clean Energy
"Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all."
Atlantis is unique for an agricultural enterprise. The land for Atlantis was chosen based on a long list of requirements, not the least of which was its location over deep bracish aquifers rich in methant. Water is pumped up from these
deep wells, the methane is harvested, pressurized, and is used to power all internal combustion equipment on the plantation, providing for a near zero emission of hydrocarbon, NOx, SOx, or particulate matter. The only emission is crbon dioxide that is
necessary for green plant growth. Moreover, Atlantis' siting was purposed to take advantage of the near constant winds in the local area and the high number of solar days...wind and solar generated electricity, backed up by methan-burning emergency generators
will power the entire plantation, offering up a ZERO carbon footprint. But that's only a part of Atlantis' beneficial sustainability program.
The water that is removed
from the deep aquifer and stripped of its methane, is then desalinated in Atlantis' treatment plant and used throughout the extensive drip irrigation system after being infused with urea, phosphorous, and potassium nutrients in easily adsorbable form.
Extra water from any drip cycle percolates down into the shallow water aquifer after having any infused nutrients absorbed. This activity effectively replenishes the shallow drinking water aquifer in the area, thus contributing to sustainable water usage.
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
"Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic
growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all."
Agriculture is hard work, and accomplished mostly under the burning sun. Water, snack, and salt tablet
shade stations are available all over the plantation to help workers stay hydrated and maintain a healthy salt and nutrition balance throughout the workday.
Goal 9: Industry,
Innovation and Infrastructure
"Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation."
In conformance with Goal 7 above, Atlantis provides for a redundant waterproduction and filtrtion system, free wind and solar power, and mines abundant methant from the deep aquifer beneath the Atlantis
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
"Reduce income inequality
within and among countries."
Unfortunately, Atlantis cannot effectively act on this goal. Atlantis can only (and does) act equitably for its own workforce.
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
"Make cities and human settlements inclusive,
safe, resilient and sustainable."
Atlantis excells at this goal for its on-plantation community. Clean, free, serviceable, and safe housing that recycles 100% of it's
consummables, including packaging is our achievable goal.
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
"Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns."
Atlantis provides for 100% of its clean, carbon 0 energy needs, onsite.
Goal 13: Climate Change
"Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating
emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy."
Not only does Atlantis provide for 100% of it's carbon 0 energy needs, the crops grown on the plantation absorb 10-times
the carbon dioxide of any other trees and produce 10-times the amount of pure, breathable oxygen; the result of photosynthesis. This provides Atlantis with the unique position of producing a net 300+% NEGATIVE carbon footprint, overall.
Goal 14: Life Below Water
"Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine
resources for sustainable development."
Unfortunately, Atlantis is not located near any ocean. However, Atlantis'
unique form of agriculture combined with an advanced drip irrigation and nutrient delivery system, combined with the lack of use of topical inceticides (due to the hearty insect resistant nature of the species farmed onsite) assures that no excess surface
runoff gets into localstreams which may feed into nearby oceanic bodies.
Goal 15: Life on Land
"Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss."
This goal is wholly central to Atlantis' agricultural practices and goals.
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels."
Atlantis, while operating within the locl economy of Texas and indeed within the local societies to include Concepcion, Texas, is somewhat isolated in Texas' agricultural belt. As such, Atlantis
is it's own micro-society. As such, Atlantis' personnel policy and supportive managerial staff, combined with daily and weekly operational meetings works strongly to mediate any and all conflicts and issues between its people that it can, within the
law. Atlantis' management works diligently to be fair,equitable, and maintain the peach through active public mediation (and at times private mediation) to resolve issues and conflicts; only calling in outside authorities when conditions warrant.
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
"Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize
the global partnership for sustainable development."
Atlantis partners with multiple and varied local, state, and federal agencies at all levels to implement the above seventeen goals.