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Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability: The First Postmodern Discipline

Bob Brinkmann | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Bob Brinkmann

As someone engaged with a variety of sustainability research, I am always struck how difficult it is for many of us to define "sustainability" well. I have been slowly coming to terms with the reality that this is largely because sustainability is the first truly postmodern discipline.

The Environmental Footprints of 5 Items You Use Before Breakfast

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 09.03.2014 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

Why not start the day off right by considering that the products you use often started out as raw materials in foreign countries, and the long journey they went through before making it to your home?

Seeds Mean Freedom: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In 2013, I began giving a seed grant every single day of the year to a social change visionary with a practical plan to make their community and the w...

Double the Giving, Double the Fun: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

July has been a busy month for Daily Giving, so we decided to double our efforts and give two grants a day for the entire month of July. These seed gr...

8 Ways You Are Harming The Ocean And Don't Even Know It

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green

Every single living thing on Earth is connected to the ocean. Even you, World's Driest Place, The Atacama Desert! And every year for World Oceans Day,...

Understanding Environmental Policy

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

In addition to the positive steps of developing the new field of sustainability management, we will also need to implement an effective set of rules governing our interaction with our home planet's environment.

We Need to Promote Public Service in Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 06.14.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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.