Learn More About Sustainability
There are many resources available to learn more about the state of our planet and how individuals, organizations and communities can make a difference and benefit at the same time. Here are just a few to consider accessing to learn more about incorporating sustainability into your organization and your life. If you have a website or other resource you would recommend adding to this list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Find out what your carbon footprint is and how you can lower it by visiting the EPA site.
- Practically Green has become the leading program for sustainable living; it helps make healthy green living simple, personal and relevant, trackable, and shareable.
A child dies every 15 seconds from water-related diseases. Only 2% of the earth’s water is considered fit for drinking.
- Running Dry has a wealth of information about water and its importance to health, industry, communities, safety and security.
- Thirst-Aid is an advocate for safe water throughout the world, and utilizes education, social marketing and technology to help communities to have access to safe water sources.
- EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791
- National Lead Information Center: 1-800-LEAD-FYI
Education must be involved in building the capabilities needed to successfully addressing climate change. Working together with corporations, non-profit organizations, and their communities, these institutions are not only changing their environment, but also building capabilities by preparing graduates to face the challenges of our time.
- The Americans College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), launched in February 2007, is a collaborative effort led by the presidents and chancellors of higher education institutions to address the climate change challenge by eliminating global warming emissions and by integrating sustainability into their curriculum.
- Second Nature’s mission is to accelerate movement toward a sustainable future by serving and supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education.
- The EPA has a kid-friendly site that helps children learn about the environment and how they can make a difference and provides links to many other useful websites.
- "By Kids For Kids" encourages the creative potential of children.
- To learn how to integrate sustainability and personal leadership into your school’s visit the website supporting Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s book "The Leader in Me" at www.theleaderinme.org.
The U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit group of leaders promoting green building, were the developers of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™. LEED was created to promote sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.
- Visit the USGBC website to learn more about LEED certification and green building.
- Learn about eco-friendly paints at www.paintinfo.com/mpi/approved/index.htm.
- Earth 911 provides ideas on the three R's – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Businesses can learn about how they can be more environmentally friendly at www.business.earth911.org.
- GreenBiz.com provides useful information, resources, and learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in ways that support profitable business practices.
- Environmental Leader is a leading daily trade publication keeping corporations and executives fully informed about environmental and sustainability news.
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-profit organization that sets standards to ensure that forestry is practiced in ways that are environmentally socially and economically sound. Strategic Imperatives seeks out and selects paper products that are FSC certified.
- Not sure where to find eco-friendly products? Try a site such as www.greenpeople.org.
- Find information on sustainable lifestyle products such as food, clothing, toys and alternative sources of energy at Real Goods, a company that has been promoting solar living since 1978.
- Green Seal is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the manufacture, purchase and use of environmentally responsible products and services.
- Sustain Lane is a self-described "people-powered guide to sustainability". Visit their site at www.sustainlane.com for community resources and to contribute ideas.
- New American Dream’s promotes responsible consumerism to protect the environment, promote social justice and enhance quality of life.
- Global Girlfriend is a fair trade boutique, created to help women worldwide gain economic security while providing unique products and a simple way to help women in need. Through fair-trade practices, Global Girlfriend brings the work of disadvantaged groups directly to the consumer.