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Features

Unburnable Fuels: Removing Reserves From The Balance Sheet (2013)
By Micha Tomkiewicz

Several recent reports suggest that markets are now overlooking the risk of ‘unburnable carbon.’ The share prices of oil, gas and coal companies depend in part on their reserves. The more fossil fuels a firm has underground, the more valuable its shares. But what if some of those reserves can never be dug up and burned? More…

The "Unusual" Yet Ubiquitous Left-Right Alliance: Towards an Anti-Establishment Center (2013)
By Sam Husseini

Every time you have this convergence of progressives and conservatives against the establishment, it's regarded as "unusual" "odd" or "bizarre" … There are in fact two "centers" – one that is pro-war and Wall Street (the establishment center) – and another that is pro-peace and populist (the anti-establishment center). More…

The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2007)
By Duane Elgin
2007

An excerpt from Chapter 7: Humanity Is Halfway Home of the visionary new book The Living Universe. Elgin is the bestselling author of Voluntary Simplicity (more than 150,000 sold) and an internationally recognized speaker, author, and social visionary who looks beneath the surface turbulence of our times to explore the deeper trends that are transforming our world. More…

What We Learned in the Rainforest: Business Lessons from Nature (Spring 2002)
By Tachi Kiuchi and Bill Shireman

In the rainforest, nature uses feedback to "close the loop." In the face of limits, feedback triggers adaptations that lessen or make an end-run around physical constraints. In business, companies like Coors use feedback to "close the loop," triggering innovations that lead to new products, processes, businesses, and profits.

Creating Livable 21st Century Cities (Winter 2002)
Fourth Of A Series
By Karen Walz

While the term 'livable community' often evokes an image of pleasant neighborhoods, inviting parks and friendly people, a city's economic health is equally important to its livability. Without jobs, few residents will choose to remain in those neighborhoods. Without thriving businesses, the local government will be unlikely to have the tax base to maintain those parks. Continuing economic vitality is also an important part of a community's sustainability over the long term.

Choosing Simplicity: Real People Finding Peace and Fulfillment in a Complex World (Summer 2001)
By Linda Breen Pierce

Shortly after World War II, we entered a period of great prosperity and material abundance - a prosperity that continues to grow unabated, except for minor fluctuations from time to time. But here we are, fifty years later, with many of us finding that our hearts and souls are hurting. The prosperity we have enjoyed is just not enough.

Creating Livable 21st Century Cities (Spring 2001)
Third Of A Series
By Karen Walz

As we begin the 21st century, it is clear that emerging technologies and changes in the economy will have a significant impact on the shape of our urban areas. At the same time, the long-term viability of these areas will depend on the locational choices made by millions of individuals and businesses, choices that will be based on the same question as in past centuries - is this city a good place to live and conduct business? This series of articles explores the factors that help answer that question.

Creating Livable 21st Century Cities (Winter 2001)
Second Of A Series
By Karen Walz

What makes a livable city? What lessons can be learned from todayís cities so the cities of the future are both livable and sustainable? In this article, the examination of major postwar cities in the United States continues with an assessment of the characteristics that define these cities and distinguish them from older major cities...

Art, Nature & Recycling (Winter 2001)
By Reena Kazmann

Whether you think of your household garbage or your local landfill, chances are good that what comes into your mindís eye is not a pretty picture. But thereís beauty to be found everywhere, and so its not really surprising that a growing number of talented and committed artists, designers, architects, and builders are converting old stuff that would have gone to landfills into a wide array of useful and beautiful products.

Restructuring the Global Economy (Winter 2000)
By Lester R. Brown

There has been more growth in world population since 1950 than during the preceding four million years -- from when we first stood upright. I donít think we have yet grasped the dimensions of the consequences of the sort of population growth that we are experiencing.

Livability and Community Renewal (Winter 2000)
By Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Recently (on the Charlie Rose show) Bette Midler was asked what she would do if she had an opportunity to start her career anew. What would she choose if she werenít an entertainer? And without missing a beat, she said she would be an urban planner.

Creating Livable 21st Century Cities (Fall 1999)
By Karen Walz

Livability. Smart growth. Sustainability. These are some of the phrases politicians, urban planners, developers and others use when describing the future of American communities. The words used by residents are more direct: safe, clean, affordable, friendly, with good jobs.

Making A Living While Making A Difference (Fall 1999)
By Melissa Everett

You are walking down to the corner cafe at dusk to buy a local newspaper, and you notice: how pleasant it is to have a corner cafe and to be near it, rather than in traffic, as the sun sets; how reassuring it is to feel safe strolling in your own neighborhood, since you remember years when the streets were less welcoming.

Livability: The Perspectives of Local Government (Summer 1999)
by Paul Helmke

When mayors speak of livability, they talk about reducing crime, improving public education, helping kids and adults secure better job and housing opportunities, improving the delivery of public services, recycling brownfields, enhancing the local environment, improving parks and libraries and making transportation systems work for people.

Earth Day 2000: Launch of the Earth Day Network (Winter 1999)
By Denis Hayes

Earth Day Network will use cutting-edge information technology and traditional grassroots organizing to enlist half a billion people around the world to challenge the power of vested interests and protect the public interest.

A Powerful Tool for Sustainable Development (Winter 1999)

The 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act may be the most significant environmental legislation enacted by Congress in recent years, according to a new report by the Environmental Law Institute.

Citizens Want Teeth In Environmental Laws (Fall 1998)

The majority of people in the most populous countries want tougher laws to protect the environment, according to the largest-ever international survey of public opinion on the environment.

Opinion

Living Beyond Our Means (2013)
By Dennis Church

The idea that we humans may be growing beyond – or overshooting – the capacity of the natural resources we depend upon to sustain us has a long history. It has proven premature when previously asserted, but now appears increasingly realistic. More…

A Global Marshall Plan to Fight Terrorism (Spring 2002)
Comment by Richard C. Bell and Michael Renner

Regardless of how successful we may be in the short run in tracking down the perpetrators of September 11. As Marshall's words so plainly suggest, finding the terrorists should be part of a much more ambitious campaign, one in which the rich countries approach the appalling inequities of the world with the same boldness and determination that the United States brought to bear in Europe in 1947 under the Marshall Plan.

Calling The US' Bluff On Kyoto (Summer 2001)
By Christopher Flavin

President Bush has breathed new life into the global effort to combat climate change. In Europe, shock has turned to anger over Bush's hasty rejection of the Kyoto protocol. His rejection has also fostered a new determination to bring the protocol into force - without the US if necessary.

Dissatisfaction Guaranteed (Spring 2001)
By Dave Wann

It's like going into a room and forgetting what you came for, except in this case it's the whole culture, forgetting. We forget to ask, "What's an economy for?" En route to a brand new American millennium, we got detoured. Price tags and bar codes began to coat the surfaces of our lives, as every single activity became a transaction. Eating, entertainment, socializing, health, even religion - all became marketable commodities.

The Color Asphalt (Summer 2000)
By Hartmut Gerdes

I trust you are as pleased as I am to hear about the "hybrid" electric-gas powered smart car. In the future, weíll likely have cars powered by fuel cells. Hybrids produce far less environmentally or atmospherically damaging exhaust, and fuel cell powered cars will produce almost none.

Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanityís Future (Summer 2000)
By Duane Elgin

How grown up do you think humanity is? When you look at human behavior around the world and then imagine our species as one individual, how old would that person be? A toddler? A teenager? A young adult? An elder?

Preparing to Live in the Next Millennium (Spring 2000)
By Denis Hayes

We tend to think of eras with great leadership as eras that have great challenges, and that different people if placed in different circumstances might have moved from mediocrity to greatness.

How Profit Shapes Urban Space (Spring 2000)
By Jeffery J. Smith

Like the rest of the universe, US cities keep expanding. Some time before the universe begins to contract, American metro regions may, too. What counterpart to gravity might suck suburbia back into the hole of our doughnut cities?

Environmental Stewardship Vs. Economic Devel. (Winter 2000)
By Walter McGuire

In the long term, the economy and the environment are inextricably linked. Today's economy depends heavily on the availability and cost of resources. Yet, we have built an economy that values resource consumption rather than stewardship.

Beyond Ecomilitarism: A New Path For Activism (Fall 1999)
By Bill Shireman

This was a war-based strategy, a military-modeled strategy that used as its motto the credo of the Spanish Civil War: "Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." This is the model on which we developed the first wave of environmental activism. The military model.

Intergenerational Ethics In Water Supply Planning (Fall 1999)
By Eric Rosenblum

In 1746 Benjamin Franklin warned, "When the Well's dry, we know the Worth of Water." As difficult as it is to anticipate thirst in the midst of rain, it is even harder to appreciate today the needs of generations yet unborn, and to provide for them.

Urban Living in the New Millennium (Winter, 1999)
By Jerry T. Estruth

The leaders of our cities are struggling to build transportation systems and to create communities that are livable and provide an environment friendly to people and animals. Slowly, awareness is growing and methods are being developed to enable us to build self-sufficient places to live in the future.

Reviews

Thinking, Fast and Slow (2013)
By Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman helps us distinguish between reality and the stories we often tell ourselves. By shining a spotlight on our exaggerated confidence in our visions of the future, he helps us to remember how much we don’t know, to stay open to new information, and to beware of our tendency to preferentially seek and retain information that reinforces our existing views. It is vital that we keep re-centering and re-grounding our views in reality, and this book explains specific and useful methods to help us do just that. More…

Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (2009)
By Lester Brown

In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent. With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues. In Plan B 3.0, Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor. More…

Building An Economy for the Earth (Spring 2002)

Successful Sustainable Land Development (Winter 2002)
Renewing The Countryside (Winter 2002)
Sprawl Costs Us All (Winter 2002)

The Smart Growth Challenge PowerPoint Presentation (Summer 2001)
"Dashboard of Sustainability" Software (Summer 2001)
"Sprawling of America" Videos Available (Summer 2001)
Sustainable Practices Newsletter (Summer 2001)
Eco-Industrial Development Strategy Guide (Summer 2001)

Gardens in the Sky (Spring 2001)
Smart Growth Yields Environmental Benefits (Spring 2001)
Solutions for a Sustainable Future (Spring 2001)
Reinventing Cities for the 21st Century (Spring 2001)

Successful Sustainable Land Development (Winter 2001)
Renewing The Countryside (Winter 2001)

One Click Green Lobbying (Fall 2000)
Sprawl Costs Us All (Fall 2000)
The "Pattern Language" Of A Conservation Economy (Fall 2000)

Sustainable Planning Tools Available (Summer 2000)

Urban Quality Indicators Newsletter (Spring 2000)
Smash Your Stereotypes Here (Spring 2000)

Turning Disasters Into Opportunities (Winter 2000)
Sustainable Development Gateway
(Winter 2000)
Ecological Land Use Planning
(Winter 2000)
Communities By Choice Web Site
(Winter 2000)
Mapping The Journey Toward Sustainability
(Winter 2000)
Sustainability/Natural Disaster Link Explained
(Winter 2000)
National Housing Institute: Shelterforce Online
(Winter 2000)

Building Sustainability Video (Fall 1999)
The GreenScene (Fall 1999)
Bigger Not Necessarily Better (Fall 1999)
EcoTalk.com Now Online (Fall 1999)
Sustainability Indicators: More & Better (Fall 1999)
New EDF Site: Environmental Justice (Fall 1999)
Sustainable Measures Focus Of New Book (Fall 1999)
Green Urbanism: Learning From European Cities (Fall 1999)
Livable Communities Web Site Launched (Fall 1999)

This Place Called Home: Tools for Sustainable Communities (Summer 1999)
Wealth, Ecology & The Evolutionary Corporation (Summer 1999)
Updated Sustainable Community Indicators Released (Summer 1999)
SustainableBusiness.com (Summer 1999)
Report on Sustainable Business (Summer 1999)
Seniors Focus on Livable Communities (Summer 1999)
SCN Case Studies Updated (Summer 1999)
Business Benefits of Sustainable Practices (Summer 1999)
Bring Back Our Neighborhoods (Summer 1999)

Indicators Benchmark Sustainable Development (Spring 1999)

Cities On The Rebound (Winter 1999)
Smart Growth: Economy, Community, Environment (Winter 1999)
Design Charrette For Sustainable Urban Landscapes (Winter 1999)
Guide Helps Communities Explore Alternatives (Winter 1999)
Report On Sustainable Communities (Winter 1999)

Going Local (Fall 1998)
On Community Development & Environment (Fall 1998)

News Briefs

News Feeds & Summaries (2014)

Includes news feeds from the Environmental News Service and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Also links to the complete News & Events archive. More…

Milestone Reached for Corporate Sustainability Reporting (Spring 2002)
Urban Heat Island Summit (Spring 2002)
Americans Say Helping Environment Creates Jobs (Spring 2002)
Growth Management Helps, Not Hurts, Affordability (Spring 2002)
Sustainable Dallas: From The Business Community (Spring 2002)
State of the Planet: Science and Sustainability (Spring 2002)
Aligning Environmental, Economic and Social Objectives (Spring 2002)
Renewable Technologies for Sustainable Development (Spring 2002)

Livable Communities Seen As Critical Concern (Winter 2002)
Growing Pains Encourage Growing Smart (Winter 2002)
Leading Investors Urge Sustainability Reporting (Winter 2002)

Institute Launched To Help Build Eco-Economy (Summer 2001)
Solar Decathletes To Compete (Summer 2001)
Right-Thinking Leadership In Michigan (Summer 2001)
Preservationist Says "Take Cities Off Life Support" (Summer 2001)

Leading Investors Urge Sustainability Reporting (Spring 2001)
Workshop on Pollution Prevention for Sustainable Cities (Spring 2001)

Growth-Related Votes Reflect Complexity (Winter 2001)
Eco-Industrial Development Strategies Promoted (Winter 2001)
Beyond Gray Pinstripes: Greening Business Ed (Winter 2001)
A Rising Tide Of Urbanization (Winter 2001)
Growing Pains Encourage Growing Smart (Winter 2001)
Study Disproves Jobs Vs. Environment Myth (Winter 2001)

Pennsylvania Sets Smart Growth Example (Fall 2000)
Livable Communities Seen As Critical Concern (Fall 2000)

Transportation & Community Preservation Workshop (Summer 2000)
Exploring The Social Dimensions (Summer 2000)
Gore Livable Communities Initiative (Summer 2000)
Promoting Sustainability in the 21st Century (Summer 2000)
Rail-Volution 2000: Building Livable Communities with Transit (Summer 2000)

Livable Communities Proposal To Improve Transit (Spring 2000)
The Business Case (Spring 2000)
PlaNetwork Conference (Spring 2000)
Developing Naturally: Enhancing Communities (Spring 2000)
Empowering People & Creating Communities (Spring 2000)

Dow Jones To Rank Business Sustainability (Winter 2000)
Be Part Of Greenprints 2000 (Winter 2000)

A Clean Government Should Put Money Where Mouth Is (Fall 1999)

Center for Livable Communities Seeks Nominations for Ahwahnee Awards (Summer 1999)
Rail~Volution Ď99 (Summer 1999)
Workshop on Education for Sustainability (Summer 1999)
Clinton-Gore Livability Agenda (Summer 1999)

Seeking Suggestions For Sprawl Study (Winter 1999)
Federal Initiatives To Help Communities (Winter 1999)
Pew Seeks 50 Problem-Solving Communities (Winter 1999)

Terrain: Journal On Built & Natural Environ. (Fall 1998)

Resources

Resources For Promoting Sustainability (2014)

Includes resources for conference and campus activity planners, for authors and environmental journalists, for educators, for nonprofit leaders and organizations, and for political leaders and green advocates. More…

National Charrette Institute Launched (Spring 2002)
Greenways Grants Available (Spring 2002)
Benefit Valuation Proposals Invited (Spring 2002)
Smart Growth Funding Guide (Spring 2002)

Investing for Sustainable Jobs (Winter 2002)
Smart Growth Funders Network Launched (Winter 2002)
Financing Programs Promoting Sustainability (Winter 2002)
Insights For Difficult Decisions (Winter 2002)

Toxics, Sustainable Communities Funding (Summer 2001)
Foundations "Leading The Field" (Summer 2001)
Sustainable Forestry & Forest Dependent Communities (Summer 2001)

Beyond the Horizon: Predicting Future Environmental Problems (Spring 2001)
Grants To Strengthen Conservation Organizations (Spring 2001)
Oregon Offers Livability Incentive Funding (Spring 2001)
Sustainable Communities Funding (Spring 2001)

Insights For Difficult Decisions (Winter 2001)
Envisioning Partnerships for a Sustainable Future (Winter 2001)
Ag Land Stewardship Grants In California (Winter 2001)

Investing for Sustainable Jobs (Fall 2000)
Grants Available In Minnesota (Fall 2000)
Sustainable Economic Development Grants (Fall 2000)
Funding For Land Use & Transportation Activists (Fall 2000)
Greening The Entrepreneurial Spirit (Fall 2000)
Transportation & Community Grants Available (Fall 2000)

EPA Planning Innovative Community Grants (Summer 2000)
SF Bay Area "Transportation for Livable Communities" Grants (Summer 2000)
Education for Sustainable Development (Summer 2000)

Funding Availability for ROSS Program (Spring 2000)
Contribute While Buying Online (Spring 2000)
Time.comís E-Green Market (Spring 2000)

Visit The Hunger Site Every Day (Winter 2000)
Brownfields Funding (Winter 2000)

Sustainability Review Available Now (Fall 1999)
Speakers For Conferences Or Events (Fall 1999)
Financing Programs Promoting Sustainability (Fall 1999)
EPA Grant-Writing Tutorial (Fall 1999)
Smart Growth Funders Network Launched (Fall 1999)
The Sustainable Business Challenge (Fall 1999)

EDA Gives Priority To Sustainable Development (Summer 1999)
Acorn Sustainable Future Grants (Summer 1999)
Kit of Sustainable Development Tools Available (Summer 1999)
Plan For Your Sustainable Downtown (Summer 1999)
Kit To Help Communities Become Sustainable (Summer 1999)

Clean Cities Program Seeking New Members (Winter 1999)
New Model Planning Statutes Available (Winter 1999)
New Ecosystem-Based Management Website (Winter 1999)
Indicators of Sustainability Software (Winter 1999)
Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse Online (Winter 1999)
Sustainable Development Gateway Online (Winter 1999)
EDF Offers Sustainability Kit (Winter 1999)
Discussion Guides On Sustainability Available (Winter 1999)

Sustainable Development Scholarships (Fall 1998)

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