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Environmental Sustainability

We Need to Promote Public Service in Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Steven Cohen

A sophisticated, competent government would be a real asset as we face the challenges presented by globalization and the need for environmental sustainability. Too bad we don't have one.

Global Cooperation in the Age of Sustainable Development

Vuk Jeremić | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Vuk Jeremić

The United Nations must become the functional center of the global sustainable development effort, one that draws on every stakeholder through the UN's unique convening power and universally recognized legitimacy.

Sustainability Squared

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Mary Manning Cleveland

How can the world attain a decent, sustainable lifestyle, one that doesn't wreck our land, water, and air? In fact, we already have the necessary technology -- technology that can create more and better jobs. Here are examples from farms, cities, and businesses.

Tracking Earth's Limits in a World of Ecological Overshoot

Global Footprint Network | Posted 12.23.2013 | Impact
Global Footprint Network

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The Art of the Master Bridge-Builder: Interview With Nadine Hack

Cortney McDermott | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Cortney McDermott

Despite the marvels of modern technological connectivity, we are more disconnected than ever.

A Purposeful Spring Break

Crawford Hill | Posted 05.01.2013 | Travel
Crawford Hill

Spring break provides an incredible opportunity to do some volunteer work and have a vacation too.

Forget Sustainability Programs

Ed Lawler | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Ed Lawler

All too often companies' efforts to improve their social and environmental sustainability have suffered the same fate as other programs. They produce initial gains that soon dissipate. But this does not have to happen.

A New Year's Challenge

Robert Walker | Posted 03.02.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

By a variety of measures, both obvious and not so obvious, we are rapidly depleting our natural resources and overwhelming the bio-systems that sustain life on this planet.

Bill and Lou and Shifting the Paradigm: Now Is the Time to Go Vegan

Kathy Stevens | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Kathy Stevens

To be authentically sustainable means to be vegan. No matter how animals are grown, growing plants to feed humans is easier on the earth than growing plants to feed animals and then turning those animals into food.

And The Happiest Country In The World Is...

Sasha von Oldershausen | Posted 06.25.2012 | World

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) has released its latest Happy Planet Index (HPI), which ranks the happiest countries in the world. But the NEF’s ...

Tea Party-Backed Bill Gutting Green Programs Advances In Arizona

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.26.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- An Arizona Tea Party-backed bill that would gut government-run green programs in the state may have the support it needs to go before Go...

Walmart On Track To Meet Many Environmental-Sustainability Goals

AP | Posted 06.16.2012 | Business

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it is on track to meet many of its goals for making its operations more environmental...

On Climate Messaging, the Devil Is in the Details

Mike Bellamente | Posted 06.02.2012 | Green
Mike Bellamente

If climate change is humanity's greatest challenge, a close second must be uniting people around the common goal of overcoming it.

Occupy Earth: It's Not The Same Ol' Earth Day Anymore

Shepherd Bliss | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Shepherd Bliss

From New York to St. Louis to Los Angeles, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) will be buzzing with spring activities throughout the United States. One of its many pending actions is to join forces with the environmental movement to launch Earth Month on March 24.

Environmental Justice a Form of Social Justice

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Warren J. Blumenfeld

A so-called "free-market" economic system lacking in environmental protections is tantamount to a social system deficient of civil and human rights protections for minoritized peoples.

The Politics of Sustainability

John Friedman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Green
John Friedman

It is time to review our foundational values and documents and establish why sustainability is very much based on American values that transcend today's politicized political climate.

From Model Ts to Green Start-ups

Peggy Brennan | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Peggy Brennan

I'm sitting in a 1920s-era building in Detroit, a former Model T showroom, that two years ago was an unsightly warehouse. The transformation of our building to an energy-efficient community space has been a fascinating one.

New York's Exciting Experiment in Green Infrastructure

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.14.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

Water quality in the New York Harbor, the Long Island Sound and the Hudson and East Rivers has improved dramatically in recent decades thanks to the success of national, state and local-level policies and regulations.

Women and Bicycling Means Sustainable Business

Andrea Learned | Posted 01.01.2012 | Green
Andrea Learned

Biking represents a simple activity and lifestyle change that could affect so many of the big, societal issues we face today, as well as some that are not given the priority they should, such as community-building and connection with nature.

We Need a Practical and Comprehensive Jobs Program

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.31.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

We are now part of a fast changing global economy that will require constant adjustments if we are to take full advantage of the talents of our people. It is not acceptable to passively acquiesce to what is starting to look like permanently high levels of unemployment.

Economy, Jobs And Morality

Doug Demeo | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Doug Demeo

There can be no quick fixes, no magic bullets and no wearisome blame games. A conversation about what constitutes an enduring economy is something that we all have a vested interest in.

The Environmental Consequences Of Religious Scientism

Robert J. Cabin | Posted 09.21.2011 | Religion
Robert J. Cabin

Despite my continuing love of science and conservation, I have concluded that a more holistic, hybrid approach to environmental problems is more effective than formal scientific methodology.

Finding The Divine In Community On Shavuot

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

On Shavuot, we are reminded that our communal effort to bring healing to the planet and fellow human beings is covenantal work imbued with the spirit of the Divine.

To Change or Not to Change: That Is Not the Question

Ervin Laszlo | Posted 07.12.2011 | Green
Ervin Laszlo

Today humanity is a vast system of seven billion, with enormous technological powers and unprecedented demands. Its divorce from nature is approaching a tipping point: in its present form the human system is critically unsustainable.

Greensburg, Kansas: From Green-town to Clean-town

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
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