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Sustainability Resources: Statistics and Useful Links

Resources for sustainability

Links - Associations

Brings together businesses, government agencies, academic institutions, religious organizations, nonprofits, community groups, and individuals.
An association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future.

Aims to facilitate the use of renewable energy, green buildings, and energy efficiency.

This organization collaborates with business, civil society, and governments to design integrative solutions.

Think tank that conducts stakeholder-based systems analysis and change projects.

National land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places.

Independent non profit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists.

Links - Business

Mission is to create communities that work for all.
An organization focused on economic strategies that solve social and environmental problems. They Mobilize and educate people as consumers, investors, workers, and business leaders.
Educational organization that demonstrates social and environmental sustainability can be achieved by applying the values of human-scale communities and respect for the natural environment to economic issues. Links to events, local currencies, and land trusts.
Non profit seeking to restore deteriorating landscapes and the lives of the people dependent on them using practical, low-cost solutions.
Independent organization that inspires economic well-being. Aims to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues.

Pools the financial resources for people who believe in the ethics of Permaculture. They then apply those resources to earth-friendly and socially responsible loans and investments.

Links - Energy


This organization does extensive work by conducting assessments, advising policymakers, organizing conferences and workshops, and educates consumers and businesses.
Provides information, policy analysis, research, and much more. Notable for active renewable discussion groups.
Information on the environmental impact of various consumer products and tips on improving your own usage.
Leader in the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to secure an energy future for the nation.

Links - Human Ecology

Human Ecology

Dedicated to the conservation and sustainable advancement of cultural and ecological diversity and human rights.
Monthly digest focusing on sustainability issues. 
Vermont-based think tank focused on understanding unsustainable behavior.

Links - International


World leader in air quality and climate policy since 1985.

Building self reliant communities in developing countries via improved education, fair income distribution and much more.

Collaborates with researchers from the developing world to facilitate the development of sustainable communities.

A forum for sustainable development within the United Nations system.

Provides objective information and policy proposals.

Gateway for interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing on interactions.

Links - Community


Federal programs for sustainable agriculture, forestry, entrepreneurship, conservation, and community.
Extensive directory of established and forming communities nationally and internationally.
Engages the peoples of the Americas in common effort to join the global transformation.
Global confederation of people and communities who meet and share ideas, technologies, cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters.
Information for seekers of community, existing and forming communities, and other friends of community building.

Links - Agriculture


United States Department of Agriculture library specializing in sustainability.

Permanently protects American farmland by uniting farmers, environmentalists, and policymakers.
Information regarding community supported agriculture.
Directory of farmer's markets.
Promotes sustainable food resources.
National alliance of farm, rural development, and conservation groups that organized in 1988 to affect federal agriculture policy.
News available regarding sustainable agriculture and organic farming, events, and funding opportunities.
Focuses on soil health, food quality, regenerative agriculture education, composting, and  national/international community development.
Collaboration of businesses, governments, farm groups and non-governmental organizations to make food systems more sustainable.

Links - Building

Plans, tools and information  to do  renewable energy and conservation projects. Hundreds of projects -- from changing a light bulb to building a solar home. Design information and tools  for building renewable energy projects. An Experimental section for backyard inventors. Nothing For Sale here -- just free ideas, plans, and information.
Non profit that works to enhance the health of the planet and our communities by promoting a shift to sustainable construction and development through leadership, strategic relationships, and education.
Non profit, international association of builders, engineers, architects, academics, and developers committed to promoting intelligent building methods and materials for a sustainable future. Includes access to articles, papers, conference proceedings, and related events.
Links to Green Building Policies Network, a database for Sustainable Building Information System, and a tool for assessing and reducing energy-related impact of buildings on interior, local and global environments.
Directory of more than 1,800 environmentally preferable building products with descriptions, manufacturer information, and links to resources.
A collaboration of the Ecological Cities Project and The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The "Humane Metropolis" means urban communities at all scales - metro areas, cities, suburbs, neighborhoods, or blocks.
Useful links for eco friendly housing design. Wells is a seasoned expert in the field.
Promotes sustainable land development and management practices that apply to sites with and without buildings.