"What are the consequences of this vagueness and multiplicity of meanings?" writes Barnes.
"One is that conversation is rendered meaningless; we all merely talk to ourselves. So, everyone can be enthusiastic about 'sustainability,' and everyone is dissatisfied with the action that ensues because it's not what they meant."
"Civic engagement" is another term Barnes says is too loosey-goosey, as well as "smart growth".
Thanks to Bill Barnes