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Sustainable Links

The following links, presented in no particular order, provide an overview of sustainable development in theory and practice:

Public Health Online

Realistic ways to combat climate change today. Presented by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

GreenBiz advances the opportunities at the intersection of business, technology and sustainability. Through its websites, events, peer-to-peer network and research, GreenBiz promotes the potential to drive transformation and accelerate progress — within companies, industries and in the very nature of business.


Planning: A professional practice and an academic study focused on the future of built environments and connected natural environments—from the smallest towns to the largest cities and everything in between.

Planetizen: The independent resource for people passionate about planning and related fields.

Sustainability Pioneers

The short documentary series Sustainability Pioneers shows people taking bold steps to address climate crisis and lay a trail towards a more livable planet. The series is produced by Kirsi Jansa, a documentary filmmaker and journalist and the producer of Gas Rush Stories, short documentaries on shale gas exploration.

Sustainable City Network

The latest sustainability news and information for leaders in government, education & healthcare.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Countries have adopted a new sustainable development agenda and global agreement on climate change. Explore this site to find out more about the efforts of the UN and its partners to build a better world with no one left behind.

Sustainable Communities Network

Imagine what a safe, livable, healthy community might look like. Around the country citizens are coming together to create a vision of what their community might be and to develop steps toward making these visions come true. Alternatively called “healthy”, “livable” or sustainable communities, these efforts are integrative, inclusive and participatory. In many communities –large and small, rural and urban — issues are being addressed in an interconnected manner. They are demonstrating how innovative strategies can produce communities that are more environmentally sound, economically prosperous, and socially equitable.

Second Nature – Education for Sustainability

Second Nature is a nonprofit organization that helps colleges and universities expand their efforts to make environmentally sustainable and just action a foundation of learning and practice. Education for Sustainability (EFS) is a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions. Second Nature focuses on colleges and universities because they educate our future teachers, leaders, managers, policymakers and other professionals.

The Natural Step

The Natural Step (TNS) is a non-profit environmental education organization working to build an ecologically and economically sustainable society. TNS offers a framework that is based on science and serves as a compass for businesses, communities, academia, government entities and individuals working to redesign their activities to become more sustainable.

The Natural Step framework is a guide to thinking and acting in harmony with the earth’s cyclical processes. It provides a pragmatic framework which can be used to guide social, environmental, and economic actions. It acts like a compass that can point individuals and organizations in the direction they want to go.

In the coming century, the transition to sustainability will change the types of businesses that exist and the products they produce. The way we structure and manage our economy will be fundamentally different. Sustainability is, in commercial terms, a business driver of immense significance.

Leaders from many disciplines believe we are witnessing and participating in a societal transition on a scale comparable to the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions – the Environmental Revolution….You’ll learn about how many of the world’s largest firms are using eco-efficient practices to shrink their footprint, cut costs, increase revenues, and transform the very definition of themselves. The stage is set to dramatically reduce the quantity of materials used in production, take-back products and reuse them, and to altogether dematerialize products.