gets $15 mil for new institute
The new International Institute for
Sustainability will be created at Arizona State University as the result of a
$15 million gift to the college. The Institute will study and formulate solutions
for global and regional ecological, economic and societal issues, school officials
said. The gift was announced in November 2004.
Sustainable Civic Lives offers steps to achieve
successful civic action in sustainable planning.
Sustainable Communities: The Historic Imperative for Change discusses
a number of sound local government level approaches for tackling environmental
issues and creating sustainable communities.
Sustainable Communities: An Opportunity and a Vision for a Future that Works offers
a well-crafted presentation on changing toward a sustainable future, with focus
on local government, citizen involvement and the interconnectedness of issues.
Changing Direction Toward
Sustainable Culture explores the concept of
sustainability and its importance and offers recommendations for achieving sustainability.
on a Roll: From America's Dirtiest City to One of its Greenest and
Cinderella Story: Chattanooga
Transformed describe Chattanooga, Tennessee’s
progress toward becoming one of the most talked about successes in sustainability.
A Closer Look: A Casper Case Study (pdf
format) describes the efforts of the Casper, Wyoming Community Economic Renewal
Summit, which was organized to begin a meaningful discussion about the future
of the community and possible ways to achieve goals and objectives from a sustainability
Cultural and the Environment: A Guide to Understanding a Sense of Place
is a 293-page flexible toolbox, developed by EPA, to help understand the social
dynamics involved in community-based efforts and for conducting a community cultural
assessment. Readers learn about community social factors--information crucial
to developing sustainable strategies for a specific community. The guide was developed
particularly for watershed groups, to help in identifying goals, community assets,
involving stakeholders, and developing partnerships in their geographic area,
but it is also useful for other community-based initiatives. Specifically, the
guide offers a flexible, step-by-step process for building a picture of community
cultural preferences and priorities by identifying local values, beliefs and behaviors
are they relate to community life and the surrounding environment. It also contains
15 community case studies from throughout the U.S., some of which have a watershed,
forestry, or urban focus.
Communities examines the challenges of rural communities
and their economies and offers a set of rules for how a sustainable local community
Sustainable Communities: The Future Is Now discusses
the importance of sustainability in optimizing our future.
Management Systems: A Guidebook for Improving Energy and Environmental Performance
in Local Government, from the Pennsylvania Department
of Environmental Protection, is aimed at helping local
governments and municipalities walk through the implementation process of an Environmental
Management System with a minimum of outside support.
Partnerships Envisioned descibes Louisville, Kentucky's new Partnerships
for a Green City that aims to better collaborate on environmental education, research
and policies that improve energy efficiency and reduce waste.
a Sustainable Future explains how our current
approach to resource consumption will lead to our own self-destruction and offers
some approaches to achieving a healthy, sustainable future.
Sustainable Community introduces the importance
of the Community: Downtown Planning and Sustainable Development
a model for a sustainable downtown plan that addresses important issues like land
use and economic development, re-inventing traditional planning and community
Ecosystem Analysis: Garland, Texas
Discusses cnservation design, which
includes designing for water conservation and stormwater management, restoring
degraded ecological systems, clustering communities, and building energy-efficient
housing. A number of studies have shown that conservation design cuts development
and municipal costs and generates developer profits.
Sustainability Movement: Rhetoric or Reality?
Examines the meaning
of the term "sustainability" and outlines the factors common to successful sustainable
Cities explains the principles of sustainability
and their importance. The article also recounts the recommendations of participants
in the first Sustainable Cities Symposium, held in March 1996 to spur action toward
Communities: An Idea Whose Time Has Come? introduces
the sustainable communities movement, its strengths and its challenges.
Sustainable City presents a report on natural resources prepared
for the city of San Jose, California, that includes ways to increase alternative
energy use and conserve natural resources.
the Ecological Overshoot of the Human Economy argues that humanity's use
of natural resources, or its Ecological Footprint, has exceeded the regenerative
capacity of the Earth since the 1980s, according to a paper published this week
in the journal Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). According to this analysis, human
demand (or Ecological Footprint) in 1961 was about 70 percent of the Earth's regenerative
capacity. By the 1980s demand had risen to match total global supply, and by 1999
demand exceeded supply by at least twenty percent. "Sustainability requires
living with the regenerative capacity of the biosphere," write Wackernagel
and his colleagues.
the Rot Belt: Sustainable Rural Communities offers
principles for achieving sustainability in rural communities.
Gates to the City presents a dozen ways to build strong, liveable, and
sustainable urban areas.
Are Sustainable Communities? introduces the concept
of sustainability and offers six basic strategies that communities can implement
to achieve sustainable economic development.
is Sustainability Anyway? is the transcript of an online discussion with
Worldwatch Institute researchers Thomas Prugh and Erik Assadourian. fielding more
than a dozen questions on the broad topic of sustainability.
Back Home Magazine provides
useful do-it-yourself information on sustainable, self-reliant living. Its bi-monthly
issues include proven information and resources about rural land, mortgage-free
building, solar and renewable energy, chemical-free gardening, wholesome cooking,
home business, home schooling, small livestock, vehicle and workshop projects,
and family activities.
for a Sustainable Bay Area offers a detailed planning document to
create a sustainable future for the Bay area. The document is available to order
or in a variety of electronic formats through the U.C. Berkeley Digital Library
Coming To Terms With Sustainability
(pdf format) helps communities organize and conduct a discussion about sustainability.
This publication ncludes exercises, activities, information sheets, reporting
forms and a list of additional resources.
Environment Outlook-3 (GEO-3) report released by the United Nations Environment
Program takes a unique look at the policies and environmental impacts of the past
30 years. It then outlines four policy approaches for the next three decades and
compares and contrasts the likely impacts on people and the natural world. The
report is available online. The full
report is available in PDF, as well as other formats.
in Minnesota's Future: An Agenda for Sustaining Our Quality of Life (pdf
format) summarizes the results of a 30 member roundtable appointed by Minnesota's
governor. This report offers five principles as guideposts along the path of sustainable
development: Global Interdependence, Stewardship, Conservation, Indicators and
An electronic textbook that delivers the best
of Minnesota's GIS (geographic information system) data to governmental, educational
and citizen users. Designed by the Minnesota Land Management Information Center
(part of the MN Department of Administration) in cooperation with secondary and
college level instructors, the atlas contains 300 data layers along with the software
to retrieve, display and analyze information. Included are maps, data tables and
aerial photography on vegetation at the time of settlement, current metro land
cover and land use, feedlot inventories, flood plains, wetlands, precipitation
and temperature normals, population change, and more. The Atlas is used by agricultural
educators, environmental planners, government officials and citizens. More than
120 school districts currently have the Atlas and Minnesota teachers have won
two national competitions using it.
Neighborhood Charrette Handbook outlines the community charrette process,
designed to stimulate ideas and involve the public in the community planning/design
Comprehensive Report & Best Practices Guide
From the editors of
New Urban News, this publication is devoted exclusively to providing detailed,
substantial news and analysis of the New Urbanism trend. The 384-page book includes
project lists, plans, renderings and photographs.
for Results Guidebook: Practical Advice for Building Successful Rural Communities
County and other local government officials, planning commissioners,
staff who do not have formal training in planning, and interested citizens can
use this book as a starting point in designing and conducting a local community
planning process that is inclusive and action-oriented. The 104-page guide was
developed with the Sonoran Institute to help rural Western county officials effectively
manage growth. The $12 Guidebook is available for on-line ordering at the web
site above or from NACo Publications at 202/942-4256.
Sustainable Development Into Practice A Guide for Organisations
from the Sustainability: Integrated Guidelines for Management (SIGMA) initiative
in Britain includes guiding principles to help an organisation understand how
it can contribute to sustainable development, a management framework to allow
an organisation to develop, plan, deliver, monitor and report on its sustainable
development strategy and performance.
Oregon Sustainability Forum 2001 transcripts
are available at the Sustainable
Northwest website. The site includes transcripts from keynote speakers
Orr and Vicky
Robin, as well as numerous wide-ranging sessions such as "Sustainability:
Three CEO's Discuss the Reasons Why," "Sustainability
and Ethics," and "Developing
Community Food Systems."
Fragile World: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development
is a two-volume, 2,263 page publication, with an accompanying CD-ROM that presents
the vision and thinking of over 200 authors on efforts to solve problems connected
with peace, equity, justice, world stability and global sustainable development.
A series of interviews with leading world thinkers is also included. This publication
is a forerunner to the "Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems," a comprehensive
web-based reference on the life support systems of Earth, scheduled to be released
later this year.
for Designing and Planning Homeownership Zones is intended to assist community
for Achieving Sustainable Communities, a report by the National Council
for Science and the Environment (NCSE), underscores new approaches for creating
strong economies and healthy communities and provides constructive ideas to address
complex issues such as economic development vs. ecosystem protection. The Top
10 Keys To Sustainable Communities identifies the crucial aspects for
achieving sustainable communities at the local, regional and national level.
August 2002 issue of Science
features a collection of articles built around the theme of sustainable development,
and the role of science and technology in achieving it. The articles are also
posted online, along with a selection of previous articles from the magazine concerning
sustainable development. The posted items include news, reviews and commentary.
by the National Housing Institute, provides tools to rebuild neighborhoods, organize
communities and create affordable housing. Highlights of current and back issues
are available on-line.
is the Smart Growth Daily Website of the National Town Builders Association. The
website is updated daily with top news stories and features the leading smart
growth news stories of the month and year, as well as other references.
National Wildlife Federation has released "State
of the Campus Environment: A National Report Card on Environmental Performance
and Sustainability in Higher Education," to provide a broad portrait of
how successful colleges and universities are in creating and modeling solutions
to environmental problems. NWF asked every college and university in the U.S.
to describe its environmental practices, from recycling, landscaping and transportation,
to campus policies, curriculum and energy use. The results of this survey were
used to compile the national report card, which indicates that many schools are
making the grade by embracing sound environmental practices, but at the same time
others are due for environmental remediation.
State of the States: Assessing the Capacity of States to Achieve Sustainable Development
Through Green Planning is a report from the Resource Renewal Institute.
The study examines the readiness of individual states to address and attain sustainable
development, based on the Green Plan Capacity Index, a measure for evaluating
core attributes of effective environmental management and successful green planning.
According to the report's rankings, Oregon tops the list of states with greatest
capacity for sustainability, followed by New Jersey, Minnesota and Maine. The
entire content of the report
is online in PDF format.
Within a Generation: A new vision for Canada (PDF, 1M) is a 2004 report
by the David Suzuki Foundation that says Canada can achieve economic and environmental
sustainability within a generation if governments work with industry and public
policy groups to address major issues like using water and electricity more efficiently,
reducing waste and pollution, increasing investment in urban transit, and improving
and Production: Strategies for Accelerating Positive Change - A Briefing Guide
for Grantmakers, published by the Funders Working Group on Sustainable
Production and Consumption and made available by the Environmental Grantmakers
Association, offers government, foundation and corporate grantmakers advice in
tailoring their funding awards to reduce demand for resources in jeopardy, increase
demand for sustainable products and services, and change destructive practices
About Forever: A Personal Journey, from Communities by Choice, explores
the principles individuals can use to guide their personal path toward sustainability.
Like a Sustainable Community: A Workbook for Applying a Sustainability Framework
to Community Challenges (pdf format)
Produced by the Minnesota OEA's
Sustainable Communities to help users think about community challenges with a
view toward sustainability. The workbook is divided into five topic areas that
represent priority concerns for many communities. Each topic area contains several
questions, categorized into environmental, economic and social considerations.
State of the World 2002,
from the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington D.C.-based research organization,
is a special edition that focuses on issues central to the United Nations World
Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments includes columns, essays,
articles and other resources to help communities develop and redevelop more sustainably.
Twin Cities Green Guide
creates a printed guidebook and website to educate Twin Cities Metro area residents
about environmental issues, serve as a quick environmental reference tool and
promote a self-sustaining and community-oriented lifestyle.Compiled largely by
volunteers, the Green Guide and website contain educational articles on 200 sustainability
topics in Minnesota.
Construction: Tools and Techniques for Local Planning was produced by
Minnesota Planning as a guide for citizens interested in shaping the future of
their community, be it a county, city or township. Unlike most every other guide
to comprehensive planning for communities, this one is based on both the principles
of sustainable development and community-based planing. It offers citizens and
local governments a roadmap, ideas and best practices for developing a comprehensive
plan that articulates the aspirations and vision of a community.
and Empowerment in Small Watersheds: A Process to Control Urban Sprawl Through
Better Decisions (PDF) is an online user's guide from the Center for Neighborhood
a Sustainable World: U.S. Govenment Initiatives to Promote Sustainable Development
is a 2002 report from the U.S. Agency for International Development that distills
the results of a survey of 400 sustainable development initiatives by federal
agencies and departments. (PDF format.)
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