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Sustainable Development

Rio Dialogues Part II: Gaining Perspective

Elischia Fludd | Posted 08.03.2012 | Green
Elischia Fludd

Now in full swing, the Rio Dialogues continue to provide an opportunity for the civil, scientific, public and private communities to take their ideas center stage.

Rio+20: A Momentum for Resource Economics

Peter Bjerregaard | Posted 08.01.2012 | Green
Peter Bjerregaard

Growth. It's not about plant growth, hair growth or growth in quality of life, it's about economic growth. And the kind that is measured in GDP. However, Rio+20 might mark a paradigm shift in the way we measure growth and wealth.

Rio Dialogues Part I: WHY Should I Even Care?

Elischia Fludd | Posted 05.28.2012 | World
Elischia Fludd

In the big lead up to Rio+20, the community concerned about sustainable development is all a-buzz. But critics note that the level of civil society input lacks luster.

Don't Just Go Green, Go Harmony

Elischia Fludd | Posted 06.26.2012 | Green
Elischia Fludd

I was curious: How were their respective fields addressing sustainability within poverty eradication and peace? The colleagues at my table responded with thoughtful silence.

The Top 10 Green Dining & Drinking Destinations In New York City

Michael P. Owens | Posted 06.12.2012 | Home
Michael P. Owens

I spent the past month researching and visiting venues that embrace sustainability as a core value of their business. A few thousands calories later (and one small hangover), I am happy to share my findings with you.

WATCH: Sustainable Design and the Water Crisis

Jonathan Kirby | Posted 06.09.2012 | Green
Jonathan Kirby

Roughly one out of every eight people on the planet do not have enough clean water to drink. Combine this fact with the design thinking of Dieter Rams, "Good design is as little design as possible..." and it's easy to see why we ended up asking ourselves, how do we do more, with less?

This Easter, Let's Spend That $16 Billion Helping Those In Need

Brooke Edwards | Posted 06.08.2012 | Impact
Brooke Edwards

This weekend, roughly 2 billion Christians around the world will celebrate one of the most important religious holidays of the year. Along with the ...

What Is the Best Earth Day Pledge?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 06.06.2012 | Green
Mark Hostetler

In the end, all environmental pledges are important but I have seen many people purchase compact fluorescent bulbs and place solar panels on their homes only to irrigate, fertilize, spray pesticides and mow their expansive lawns.

Sustainability Is the Sensible Alternative

Kiyotaka Akasaka | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Kiyotaka Akasaka

More people in the world are living better, but the natural world that underpins this prosperity is constantly being eroded.

Frontiers of the Global Village

Monica Gutierrez | Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact
Monica Gutierrez

When are we going to realize that we are all humans and all human issues concern us all? Can we get our act together and just do something? Or have we reached our ultimate frontier? There is no easy answer.

Green Plowshares in the Pacific Northwest

William S. Becker | Posted 05.19.2012 | Green
William S. Becker

Three governors and the Premier of British Columbia announced an action plan to make the Pacific Northwest's homes more energy efficient, its vehicles less dependent on oil, and its communities less vulnerable to the threat of global climate change.

Creating a Cycle of Sustainable Change

Reid Hoffman | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Reid Hoffman

In Silicon Valley, we deploy technologies and networks to change the world. Can we deploy these techniques in an effort to break the worldwide cycle of poverty at a scale in the millions?

The Power of Sustainable Protein in the 21st Century

Johann Tergesen | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Johann Tergesen

How can we revolutionize the food system to ensure that healthy proteins, an essential nutrient for human health, are available to a global population estimated to reach from 7.5 to 10.5 billion people by 2050?

To Alleviate Poverty, Biodiversity Conservation is Critical

Will Turner | Posted 04.15.2012 | Science
Will Turner

Developed and developing economies cannot continue to ask the world's poor to shoulder the burden of protecting globally important ecosystem services for everyone else's benefit without compensation in return.

From Microfinance to Metafinance: A New Tool to Fight Global Poverty

Melanie Walker | Posted 03.24.2012 | Good News
Melanie Walker

The microfinance revolution created new ways for the world's poor to secure loans. But microfinance institutions normally don't have the capacity or authority to finance community-level infrastructure projects.

Protecting Our Oceans - Key to Sustainability

Aron Cramer | Posted 02.18.2012 | Green
Aron Cramer

What happens in our oceans does not stay in our oceans.

Mike Bloomberg's Impressive Sustainability Record

Steven Cohen | Posted 02.04.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

One of his greatest lasting legacies as mayor will be the integration of environmental protection and economic development. Michael Bloomberg is New York's first sustainability mayor.

Let's Talk About the Future We Want

William S. Becker | Posted 01.25.2012 | Technology
William S. Becker

How would our lives be improved if we deployed the best sustainable development technologies and practices? How would it impact future generations?

Education Is the Answer to Sustainable Development

Kazuhiko Takemoto | Posted 01.21.2012 | Green
Kazuhiko Takemoto

Changing behaviors now will benefit the rights, health and well-being of future generations to come. It is our shared responsibility to make sure this happens.

Rebuilding El Salvador Sustainably

Vicki Gass | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Vicki Gass

What was more terrible than the civil war of the 1980s and Hurricane Mitch, which ravaged the region in 1998? Tropical Depression 12-E, a storm that dropped more than five feet of water over ten days, forcing 60,000 people into shelters.

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.

Change a Child's Life: Make a Film or Check Into a Hotel

Karin Badt | Posted 12.21.2011 | Impact
Karin Badt

Cineastas de Granada has helped over 100 girls empower themselves with a camera by teaching girls how to find their stories, choose their shots and put the film into production.

The Political Impact of Occupy Wall Street

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

Like many in my generation, my first taste of political involvement was in the movement to end the war in Vietnam and achieve civil rights. As a teena...

Are Monsanto's Days Numbered? 50+ Organizations Urging GMO Ban

Organic | Posted 11.30.2011 | Green

A document signed by more than 50 civil society organizations (CSOs) is asking the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development scheduled to take place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, to ban the use of genetically modified foods.

As Debt Talks Crescendo, Let's Not Give the World Bank a Free Ride

Michelle Chan | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green
Michelle Chan

You would think that the Obama administration and Congress would want to make sure that the money they spend is spent wisely. That certainly doesn't appear to be the case when it comes to the World Bank Group.