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This Place Called Home: Tools for Sustainable Communities

Action Link: Take Action Now

Wealth, Ecology & The Evolutionary Corporation

Updated Sustainable Community Indicators Released

SustainableBusiness.com

Aspen Institute Releases Report on Sustainable Business

enCompass: Recycled-Content Building Products

New Energy Site for Kids

Seniors Focus on Livable Communities

When City and Country Collide

SCN Case Studies Updated

Business Benefits of Sustainable Practices

Making Business Sense

Smart Development Principles

Online Sprawl Clearinghouse

Primer for Smart Growth

Summary of Open-Space Ballot Measures

Bring Back Our Neighborhoods

  Spring 1999

This Place Called Home: Tools for Sustainable Communities

BookA CD-ROM package produced by the Alliance for Community Education. "A rich resource library to stimulate ideas for positive action in home places everywhere. Evocative and inspiring, the CD includes video, still photographs, audio, and hundreds of pages of text from books, articles, interviews, and speeches." For more details, visit http://www.newsociety.com/tph.html.


Action Link: Take Action Now

The National Wildlife Federation’s Action Link is the "quickest and easiest way to take action for wildlife and the environment." This site identifies key issues, suggests useful comments and advocacy tips, provides e-mail links to lawmakers, and offers an e-mail notification service for when your voice is needed the most. Visit Action Link at http://www.nwf.org/action/index.html.


Wealth, Ecology & The Evolutionary Corporation

BookSustainableBusiness.com calls the new book The Natural Step for Business: Wealth, Ecology & the Evolutionary Corporation By Brian Nattrass and Mary Altomare (New Society Publishers, 1999) "a very readable, engaging book." The book explains "the theory and method of The Natural Step and how to integrate it with an environmental management system. The business cases describe each company's process of evolution step-by-step." For the complete review, click here.


Updated Sustainable Community Indicators Released

An updated 1999 edition of Sustainable Community Indicators is now available to assist communities in creating a better future. The indicators are for people working on community economic development, grassroots activists, municipal and state agency staff, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses. The intent of the guide is to explain both sustainability and indicators, and to encourage the reader to begin to use indicators or improve indicators already in use. For more information, click here or e-mail mhart@tiac.net.


SustainableBusiness.com

SustainableBusiness.com is based on the idea that we are in the midst of a transformation of business values from the "divide and conquer" industrial era to the more spiritual, community-oriented, holistic age. Businesses large and small, regional and international, are discussing sustainability, creating and sharing tools to measure it, and participating in organizations to implement it.

SustainableBusiness.com supports these efforts with four major sections:

  • "Sustainable Business Insider" is a free, online monthly magazine that keeps readers informed, energized, and inspired about the progress business is making toward sustainability. It culls the most compelling news and articles from a wide variety of leading trade publications in sustainable business, covering every sustainable business sector from renewable energy to social investing, from green building & construction to organic agriculture.
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  • "Business Opportunities" helps green businesses find resources they need to grow - investors, partners, distributors, licensees, solicitations, venture capital and financing sources.
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  • "Green Dream Jobs" covers opportunities to work with organizations that care about people and the environment. It's a free job and internship listing service for people with business skills that want to work for sustainable organizations. Green Dream Jobs includes "New World, New Work" -- the only regular column addressing the economic opportunities of sustainable development from the perspective of working people. It's written monthly by career counselor Melissa Everett, author of Making a Living While Making a Difference: The Expanded Guide to Creating Careers with a Conscience (forthcoming from New Society Publishers). Covering job market and industry trends, profiles of organizations and inspiring role models, and how-to features for career changers, the column is a resource for people from all walks of life who know they want their working lives to count in making the world a better place.
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  • "SustainableBusiness.com Library" is a thorough collection of resources on sustainable business.

Visit SustainableBusiness.com at http://www.sustainablebusiness.com.


Aspen Institute Releases Report on Sustainable Business

The Aspen Institute has published a report entitled Uncovering Value: Integrating Environmental and Financial Performance. Prepared by a diverse group of corporate, financial, governmental and environmental officers, the report highlights for corporate and financial decision makers the important linkages between strategic business decisions and environmental performance. A print version of the report is available for purchase from the Aspen Institute.

For more information, contact The Aspen Institute, Suite 700, One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Phone 202-736-5800, FAX 202-467-0790, or e-mail publications@aspeninst.org.


enCompass: Recycled-Content Building Products

A new web site created by King County, Washington, profiles buildings and construction products made from recycled materials. It provides visitors a virtual tour of the Northwest to see installed products. The site will soon offer information for architects and builders who want to specify recycled-content construction materials. To take the tour or access the other information, visit http://www.metrokc.gov/market/encompass.


New Energy Site for Kids

The Energy Information Administration (Department Of Energy) is offering a new kids' page (grades 3-8) that includes an assortment of energy facts and educational amusements.


Seniors Focus on Livable Communities

The American Association of Retired Persons has released Livable Communities: An Evaluation Guide. It offers a tool to assess a community's livability as well as resources to assist with improvement efforts. For a free copy, send your name, organization, and street address to Consumer Team, Public Policy Institute, AARP, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20049.


When City and Country Collide

When City and Country Collide, published by Island Press, "examines the fringe phenomenon and presents a workable approach to fostering more compact development and better, more sustainable communities in those areas. It provides viable alternatives to traditional land use and development practices, and offers a solid framework and rational perspective for wider adoption of growth management techniques." For more details, click here.


SCN Case Studies Updated

The Sustainable Communities Network (SCN) has updated its guide Sustainability in Action, which profiles communities working on sustainable development issues. To check out the updated case studies, click here.


Business Benefits of Sustainable Practices

The Next Bottom Line: Making Sustainable Development Tangible by Matthew B. Arnold and Robert M. Day. Published by the World Resources Institute. "Business people all over the world are developing new products and services that solve environmental problems and create business value at the same time. But many more are wondering how to proceed and where to find the new resources, knowledge, and energy that will make development truly sustainable." For more details, visit http://www.wri.org/pubs/bottom.html.


Making Business Sense

Making Business Sense of Energy Efficiency and Pollution Prevention, published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. "Some believe that protecting the environment will hurt the U.S. economy and put us at a disadvantage with foreign competitors who have less rigorous environmental standards. This may have been true years ago when ‘tailpipe’ technologies were the primary solution to minimizing pollution...." For more details, visit http://www.aceee.org/p2/index.htm.


Smart Development Principles

The Principles of Smart Development, published by the American Planning Association’s Planning Advisory Service. "The principles of smart development consider: the efficient use of land resources; full use of urban services; mixing of uses; transportation options; detailed, human-scale design; and means of implementation." For more information, visit http://www.planning.org/pas/pas479.htm.


Online Sprawl Clearinghouse

To fill the need for dependable, comprehensive information on sprawl and solutions, Global Environmental Options is offering its clearinghouse on sprawl. The site offers a list of online resources, including case studies, definitions, articles, toolkits, and books. It also hosts an online discussion forum. Visit at http://www.greendesign.net/sprawl.


Primer for Smart Growth

Best Development Practices: A Primer for Smart Growth, by Reid Ewing and Robert Hodder. Published by The International City/County Management Association, this primer is based on a book prepared for the Florida Department of Community Affairs. It focuses on development patterns, and shows how changes in current development patterns can help stop sprawl. Recommendations are geared to developers and local officials. For more details, click here.


Summary of Open-Space Ballot Measures

At least 135 measures related to open-space preservation appeared on ballots across the country in November 1998. Voters approved 85 percent of them, and the successful measures will collectively raise $3.8 billion to protect or acquire open space. The Land Trust Alliance has summarized the results, which may be reviewed by visiting http://www.lta.org/refernda.html.


Bring Back Our Neighborhoods

A documentary titled Placemakers: Bringing Back Our Neighborhoods illustrates the power of individuals to make a difference in the "livability" of their communities. For more information, click here.


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