The World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission), defined "sustainable development" as follows in the report Our Common Future (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1987): "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts: the concept of "needs", in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs." Sustainability can encompass many things and can be pursued on several different levels and scales. This section of the Open Directory addresses global-scale sustainability, regional and community sustainability, and sustainable living in daily lives. ("Think globally, act locally.")
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WWW Virtual Library: Sustainable Development
A list of internet sites dealing with sustainable development, including organisations, projects and activities, electronic journals, libraries, references and documents, databases.
Best Practices in Sustainable Development
Searchable database cataloging over 650 good and best practices from more than 90 countries on how people, their communities, the public and private sectors have been able to tackle critical social, economic and environmental problems.
Center for Ecoliteracy
Works with schools and networks on education for sustainable living.
Explores how human society can become sustainable, and serves as a catalyst for voluntary change toward a more humane and sustainable culture.
Hundreds of articles by Jay Hanson and others citing statistics to show that human energy use will result in human extinction. With historical quotes, explanatory charts and graphs, and links.
Donella Meadows Institute
A "think-do tank" dedicated to sustainable resource use, economics, and community. Providing information, analysis, and practical demonstrations that can foster transitions to sustainable systems at all levels of society, from local to global. Limited information on website.
European Partners for the Environment (EPE)
Network of European organizations, companies, trade unions and related groups working on sustainable development. Site has extensive resources on links on sustainability at all scales. Special topics include green purchasing, sustainable tourism, and Europe-specific environmental sourcebooks.
Favorite Destinations of Liberty Graphics
Links to online resources for sustainable agriculture, ecology, wildlife, organic farming, and other environmentally concerned companies.
Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainability
Facilitates information exchange including key documents, events, web sites, ideas, and discussions within the emerging field of sustainability science.
Global Environment and Technology Foundation
Information resources promoting the development and use of innovative technology to achieve sustainable development.
GPI Atlantic - Genuine Progress Index for Atlantic Canada
Non-profit research group developing an index for measuring sustainable development for Nova Scotia, integrating social, economic, and environmental variables.
A UK organisation that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that the environment is at the heart of decision-making.
Diverse information about sustainable agriculture, native ecosystems, and issues. Site offers different territory specific sections.
International Institute for Sustainable Development. Focus is on sustainability at the global, regional, and community scales.
Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR)
The ILSR is a nonprofit research and educational organization that provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich initiatives for sustainability, energy, ecology and economy. Includes information about current projects and upcoming events. English/French/German.
Pee Dee Resource Conservation and Development Center
Purpose is to promote conservation and sustainable rural development. Includes archived newsletters council members, events calendar, historic markers, and educational articles. Located in South Carolina.
Schumacher Center For New Economics
Organization promoting social and environmental sustainability through decentralism. Information on philosophies, projects and lectures; community-oriented economies, local currencies, community land trusts, and similar measures.
Second Nature: Education for Sustainability
Nonprofit organization working to help colleges and universities expand their efforts to make environmentally sustainable and just action a foundation of learning and practice. Organization information and resources for promoting sustainability.
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Independent, international research institute specialising in sustainable development and environment issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels. Aims to clarify the requirements, strategies and policies for a transition to sustainability. These goals are linked to the principles advocated in Agenda 21 and the Conventions such as Climate Change, Ozone Layer Protection and Biological Diversity.
Website about sustainable development in the construction, engineering, planning and property sectors. Searchable listings of sustainability events, searchable index, and sample articles. Focus is on the UK.
Sustainability - US EPA
US Environmental Protection Agency programs, research and activities related to Urban Sustainability; Water and Ecosystem Services; Energy, Biofuels and Climate Change; and Materials Management and Human Health.
Sustainability Web Ring
The webring focuses on the efforts of organizations to achieve sustainable development.
New Zealand organization offering workshops, consultancy, and other education, training and support, to further the particular goals of a business or organization while advancing a sustainable environment.
Tools of Change: Proven Methods for Promoting Health and Environmental Citizenship
Case studies, planning guides and worksheets for programs to promote healthier and/or more environmentally sustainable actions and habits.