Below is a periodically-updated list of web-based sources related to sustainability. Please use the comment section of this page to offer recommendations.
- Site for collaborative approaches to sustainability, poverty reduction, and international development.
- Its mission is to spread information regarding sustainability, its benefits, as well as getting everyone involved in the global movement
Dedicated to the ideas and publications of Nayef Al-Rodhan, currently Senior Member of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, U.K., and Senior Scholar in Geostrategy and Director of the Programme on the Geopolitical Implications of Globalisation and Transnational Security at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Sustainability”
- The Sustainability Program of EPA’s Office of Research and Development maintains this Web site to provide one-stop access to EPA and related programs and the latest research and activities
- A non-profit organization founded in 1996 by the late Donella (Dana) Meadows, the Sustainability Institute applies systems thinking, system dynamics modeling, and organizational learning to economic, environmental and social challenges
- Learn a new way to understand human cultural evolution and well-being. Obtain a tool for improving group performance at any scale.
- An open dictionary for business leaders and students of sustainability and business-related terms. It is a project of the Presidio Graduate School.
- This web site is about indicators of sustainable community: ways to measure how well a community is meeting the needs and expectations of its present and future members.
- Our mission is to provide business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development, and to support the business license to operate, innovate and grow in a world increasingly shaped by sustainable development issues
- An attempt to outline the burgeoning field. Rather than looking broadly at sustainability, the Forum focuses on the way in which science and innovation can be conducted and applied to meet human needs while preserving the life support systems of the planet. It highlights people and programs that are studying nature-society interactions and applying the resulting knowledge to create a sustainability transition around the world.
- Sustainable Table celebrates local sustainable food, educates consumers on food-related issues and works to build community through food
- The mission of The Pelican Web is to collect, organize, and disseminate knowledge on sustainable development, with especial focus on human development; and to publish the monthly, free subscription, open access Mother Pelican, a journal on sustainable human development.
“GREENWASH a guide to corporate eco-speak,” New Internationalist 347 (July 2002), 22. [Full text pasted here]
- Abstract: Focuses on the contents of the report ‘The Business Case for Sustainable Development.’ Highlights of the Johannesburg Earth Summit. [via Academic Search Premier database]
“Green or Greenwash? A Greenpeace Detection Kit,” Greenpeace, n.d. [accessed May 25, 2010].
- “While accepting that there will never be a perfect litmus test for “greenwash”, and in the hope of encouraging greater public debate on the issue, Greenpeace offers the following 4 Point ‘CARE’ check list. ‘CARE’ stands for Core business; Advertising record; Research & development funding; and Environmental lobbying. A corporation which fails on any of the four tests below is probably in the “greenwash” business.”
“Greenwash 101,” The Green Life, n.d. [accessed May 25, 2010].
- “In 1999, “greenwash” entered the official lexicon of the English language through its inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary. The OED defines greenwash as: ‘Disinformation disseminated by an organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image.’ In the marketplace, media and politics, greenwash serves several purposes, among them: fooling environmentally conscious consumers into buying environmentally destructive productst; generating positive press about a company’s environmental commitment; and resisting government environmental regulation through preemptive voluntary policies within an industry. Collectively, greenwash’s goals maintain the status quo of unsustainable consumption by deceiving and appeasing progressive parties.”
- “. . . that ever-elusive term “sustainability.” The very word, emptied of meaning through overuse, increasingly dominates architectural design and discourse, and—frankly—it drives me crazy. People use it all the time without really knowing what they are talking about. I always ask: sustainable of what? Too often the word becomes appropriated as a band-aid, cure-all additive that can be applied as environmental/ecological veneer to an architectural project, like icing on a cake. But the word has become such a all-encompassing buzzword, a signifier onto which so many different aspirations and agendas have been projected, that it doesn’t really mean anything anymore.”