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Sustainable Development

A Silver Lining in Sandy? (Part 2)

William S. Becker | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

There is no question that sustainable recovery from disasters -- particularly moving out of harm's way -- can be a slow, frustrating, arduous process. More enlightened federal funding policies and programs would make it easier and more common.

Sustainability by the Numbers: The Growing Reality of the Green Economy

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

Economic growth requires the continued availability of high quality natural resources -- especially air, water and soil. We need to develop technology, organizational capacity and political will to make the changes necessary to ensure these resources continue.

While US Government Dithers, Social Enterprises Fill the Gap on Climate Change

Anya Cherneff | Posted 01.16.2013 | Green
Anya Cherneff

While major climate change policy remains a question mark in the US, efforts in the developing world by groups such as Empower Generation offer the hope of entrenching sustainable energy production before large energy grids fueled by fossil fuels take root.

A Brit Down on the Farm in Iowa

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 01.07.2013 | Food
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

It is not a style and form of agriculture suited to the farmers around my village in England, although it might be appropriate, in part, to East Anglia. But it does seem to suit Iowa and it is highly productive and, in many respects, environmentally sustainable.

Business Growth Strategies for a Slow Growth World

Elinor Steele | Posted 01.02.2013 | Business
Elinor Steele

Degrowth is a political, economic and social movement based on ecological economics, as well as anti-consumerist and anti-capitalist ideas. It was new to me -- this concept of degrowth. If we stop growing, will we be failing?

Africa Rising

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ivanley Noisette

Recently I attended the Africa Brain Trust 2012 forum entitled "Africa Rising: A Continent of Opportunity," which concentrated on reinforcing support for promising development-aid strategies, providing a networking venue for interested professionals and encouraging foreign investment.

Moving Beyond "Green"

Omega Institute | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green
Omega Institute

"Once, one of our buildings partially collapsed. I spent an anxious night on the rescue team, wondering if somehow I had caused this catastrophe. It was an epiphany. I became aware of unintended consequences and the need to change the design and construction industry to support life."

The Inevitability of Sustainability Politics, Technology and Management

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.24.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

The facts of population growth, economic growth, environmental degradation, and human reliance on the natural world make sustainability politics, technology and management inevitable.

3 Imperatives for the Next Global Development Agenda

Manish Bapna | Posted 11.21.2012 | Green
Manish Bapna

Can extreme poverty be eliminated in the next 20 years? With much of the world still mired in an economic slump, the question might seem ill-timed. Yet, as heads of state arrive in New York on Monday for the 67th United Nations General Assembly, this goal should be at the top of the agenda.

Slipping Green Through the Back Door

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 10.15.2012 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

America is going green, but not the way environmentalists had planned it. The unlikely hero is none other than Corporate America.

BriteSol Introduces Revolutionary Sustainable LED Lighting and a Business Model for a Brighter Future

Jerry Cope | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business
Jerry Cope

This week in Las Vegas a local company, BriteSol, unveiled the Holy Grail of lighting technology. BriteSol has developed breakthrough LED lighting tec...

The Yoga of Ecology: Simple Living, High Thinking

Chris Fici | Posted 09.29.2012 | Green
Chris Fici

If you have a "green thumb", if your fingernails are constantly caked in dirt (like Terry's), or if you simply desire to make our ecological footprint more sane, then Terry is a fountain of knowledge to take advantage of.

Sustainable Economic Development: Central to the Durability of Political Reforms in Arab States

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.22.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Though the overturning of despotic regimes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt can be counted as tangible successes, the reality is that vast numbers of youth in these countries (and throughout the Middle East) remain despondent.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Light at the End of the Summit

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber | Posted 09.19.2012 | Green
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber

Last week, the first step was taken at the United Nations to form the working group that will elaborate these goals. As a serious advocate for SDGs, I believe this step is worthy of reflection.

Sustaining a Lifestyle

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Jeannie E. Javelosa

We are all consumers and have to purchase products and goods anyway --then why not buy a double gift where you get something you need and at the same time help a community.

Reflections on Rio: Encouraging Cloud Over the Earth Summit

S. Jacob Scherr | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
S. Jacob Scherr

Since returning from Rio, I have already participated in a number of debriefings about the summit. I am pleased to see the interest, but dismayed to find many people have already accepted the message that the Summit had been a "flop" or a "failure."

Ecotourism In Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula

Elevate Destinations | Posted 07.03.2012 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

Many of us care about the environment we travel in and want to take part in influencing it in a positive way. The Corcovado Foundation offers just that to travelers in Costa Rica.

Getting Back On The Path

John D. Thomas | Posted 08.29.2012 | Impact
John D. Thomas

There is a way to foster employment growth with a generation put to work on an economic engine that can create the tax revenues to ultimately meet the social expenditure requirements. That path is renewable energy.

Celebrating 'Eating Planet-Nutrition Today: A Challenge for Mankind and for the Planet'

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Danielle Nierenberg

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet. Today, the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) and the Worldwatch Institute...

Rio +20: Point Of No Return?

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The resonance of these spiritual and moral insights will grow as we move forward and that spiritual arguments will compel action at least as powerfully as the convictions of science.

Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 08.26.2012 | Green
José Ramos-Horta

Rather than attempting to forge the one agreement that will change the course of the world, or being satisfied with one without much substance, it may be more realistic, practical and effective to think on a regional level.

Rio+20: A Radical Transformation for the Future We Want

Kazuhiko Takemoto | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Kazuhiko Takemoto

In order to improve the livelihood and well-being of all individuals and achieve a green economy, we need a radical transformation in our policies, technologies and patterns of production and consumption.

The Transition to a Sustainable Economy May Happen Without the U.S. Federal Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

Economic consumption will change in the sustainable and renewable resource-based economy, but it will not be reduced. In fact, the size of the sustainable but high throughput economy that we must develop will be larger than today's economy.

Can Lawyers Save the Planet?

Lachie McKenzie | Posted 08.24.2012 | World
Lachie McKenzie

Will lawyers save the planet? As far as making ecocide an international crime, the case seems rather compelling.

Are You Here to 'Save Face' or to Save Us?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 08.21.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

It would take a brave soul to stand in front of one of the largest and most important gatherings the United Nations has ever held and ask this question: Are you here to 'save face' or to save us?