Noun, plural: en-vi-ron-o-mies,
1. The aggregate of interrelationships and exchanges between the natural order and humankind.
2. An open system comprising the natural and the artificial, manifestations and phenomena, spanning economic, environmental and social dimensions.
3. The sum transfers of information, material, energy, capital and technology, differentially passing-through and pooling in organisms and individuals (on a micro-scale), and in ecosystems, human organizations and economies (on the macro-level); all of which are subject to decay and entropy (degradation, dissolution and/or dispersal).
1. Intended to improve economic, environmental and social sustainability: “The unit was redesigned to make it locally serviceable, in an environomy move.”
2. Elegant efficiency of exchange between nature and humankind: “Researchers marvel at the environomy established by the area’s indigenous people, and their cultivated rain-forest habitat.”
3. (modifier) offering or purporting to offer a superior product or service along all three performance dimensions; the economic, environmental and social: “This is our environomy line, with all ingredients organically-grown locally, and prepared fresh for you in our community teaching kitchens, served hot from the pot, without packaging!”
1. The scientific study and equitable human management of ecosystems undertaken to ensure their ecological viability and eternal conservation despite resource extraction; to include the preservation of social rights, customs and histories that exist therein. (The thoughtful consideration that achieves just symbiosis between humankind and the natural world; a means or instance of this.)
2. The integration of natural processes into human designed and maintained systems that generate economic and social benefits while achieving environmental sustainability.
3. The complex of human activities concerned with the extraction of resources in a manner that provides for the full rehabilitation of the ecosystems from which they were extracted; so that ecosystems may recover from any harm done; where any indigenous peoples are considered as integral to those ecosystems, having inherent rights therein; and there is an equitable share of benefit along with responsibility for impact mitigation. Irreparable harm cannot be offset; and cannot be externalized environomically.
4. Environomics is the elegant, positive balance of all cost/benefit, loss/gain and extraction/conservation calculi undertaken to support sustainable development. Short term profit making is subordinated to ecosystem conservation for the continued welfare of humankind.
5. A Thermoeconomic construct designed to implement and indefinitely sustain a non-equilibrium (growth) state of environomic synergy.
6. (functioning as singular) “environomics is a multi-disciplinary field”
7. (functioning as plural) “the environomics of the project are doubtful”
ALSO: Environomic (adj.), Environomical (adj.), Environomically (adv.),
Noun, plural: en-vi-ron-o-mists,
1. a specialist in environomics, “To gain approval the project will require the approval of a mutually-agreed panel of environomists.”