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  • Apo Island: Saving a Coral Reef and its Fishery (Philippines, 7 minutes). A marine sanctuary at Apo Island set in motion community fisheries management that reversed a vicious cycle of destructive fishing and depletion of fish stocks, restoring the island’s coral reef ecosystem and rescuing a fishing village’s livelihood and wellbeing. Apo Island’s success has inspired 700 other fishing villages to establish marine sanctuaries.
  • New York City Community Gardens: Reversing Urban Decay (12 minutes). Community gardens in New York City reversed a vicious cycle of urban decay, crime-ridden empty lots, neglect, and population flight, while producing food, flowers, and wildlife habitat. These gardens nourished the bodies and souls of 800 neighborhoods, and inspired urban community gardening across the nation.
  • Reversing Tropical Deforestation with Agroforestry and Community Forests (Thailand, 14 minutes). Agroforestry farming and community-managed forests empowered impoverished villagers to optimize their resources, both natural and human, while showing how to reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.
  • Water Warriors: Restoring Traditional Earthen Dams for Rainwater Harvesting and Groundwater Replenishment (India, 11 minutes). Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting dams recharged the aquifer, transforming a drought-ridden landscape and bringing a better life to 800 villages.
  • Escaping the Pesticide Trap: Non-Pesticide Management for Agricultural Pests (India, 16 minutes). Cotton farmers in Andhra Pradesh had descended into a seemingly hopeless abyss of escalating pesticide dependence and debt. “Non-Pesticide Management” was the tipping point that brought health and hope to the farmers in Punukula village. Thousands of villages have embarked on the same path.

Regional Sustainability Planning

Outside Links


Sustainability Organizations – National/International

  • Alliance for Renewable Energy – Builds support for renewable energy policies that will rapidly increase our shift from fossil fuels to decentralized, clean, renewable energy.
  • Bioneers – Bioneers is inspiring a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations. Founded in 1990, Bioneers promotes practical environmental solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring Earth’s imperiled ecosystems and healing our human communities.
  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) – Llinks networks of small and medium-sized independent businesses in the U.S. and Canada, helping them to build healthy, diversified local economies, ensuring that economic power resides locally, sustaining healthy community life and natural life as well as long-term economic viability.
  • The Canadian Environmental Literacy Project (CELP) – Offers curriculum materials and a database of a wide variety of additional environmental education resources including books, reports, course outlines, images, etc.
  • Carbon Fund – Helping people “reduce what you can, offset what you can’t”
  • Centre for Human Ecology – A network of professionals, activists and academics. Offers postgraduate and professional development courses at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and works with organizations to improve their environmental and social performance.
  • Changemakers: Connects innovators, advocates, and investors so everyone can contribute to a better world.
  • Common Circle – Get the best in permaculture education at Common Circle.
  • Culture Change – Information on a wide variety of environmental problems—now and in the foreseeable future—and how they are linked to the prevailing culture.
  • David Suzuki Foundation – Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, climate change and clean energy, sustainability, and the Nature Challenge – the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that conserve nature and help achieve sustainability within a generation.
  • Do Something – The country’s largest nonprofit for young people and social change offers concrete actions on a wide range of issues..
  • Earthjustice – A non-profit public interest law firm representing organizations and communities in environmental law cases.
  • Earth Day Network – Earth Day Network’s year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.
  • Earth Force – Provides a community action and problem-solving process for young people to make positive changes in their communities.
  • Earth Portal – A comprehensive resource for timely, science-based information about the environment. It has three components: Encyclopedia of Earth, EarthForum, and EarthNews.
  • Ecoagriculture Partners – An international non-profit organization that works with farmers, conservationists, researchers, leaders in rural development, entrepreneurs and policymakers around the world to sustain, develop and promote ecoagriculture.
  • Ecodana – A non-profit social enterprise that supports green solutions to poverty issues in developing countries. Ecodana uses crowd-funding to support specific small grassroots sustainable projects in partnership with local NGO’s.
  • EcoIQ – Provides media and educational products and services to promote the transition to sustainability.
  • Ecological Internet – A non-profit organization that specializes in the use of the Internet to campaign for, and bring about, conservation outcomes. Ecological Internet’s mission is to empower the global movement for environmental sustainability by working to conserve forest, water and climatic ecosystems; and to commence the age of ecological restoration. Primary websites – presented as a free service to the environmental community – are: Eco-PortalForestsClimate ArkWater Conserve
  • Ecosustainable Hub – A one-stop connection to resources and tools for Eco Sustainable Development.
  • Ecosystem Services Partnership – A worldwide network to enhance the science and practical application of best practices for ecosystem management.
  • Emerging Sustainability Project – News, research, and interactive discussions about sustainability and complex systems.
  • Encyclopedia of Sustainable Development – A compendium of over 300 topics about the environment.
  • Energy Saving Community – Extensive advice on working as a community to save energy
  • Environment Education with Chris Summerville – A collection of resources for environmental education teachers, including downloadable environmental activities for classroom and campus, and teacher training workshops for environmental education.
  • Environmental Education Media Project – Films about ecosystem restoration around the world.
  • Food & Water Watch – Activist organization tackling big issues—corporate power, GMOs, fracking, water privatization, climate change.
  • The Forum on Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development – Linking individuals, institutions, and networks engaged in the field of science and technology for sustainability and serving as a resource for the latest research, events, and opportunities in sustainability science.
  • Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability – Identifies the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulates how the necessary transition can be effected and promotes the implementation of the measures required for this purpose.
  • Good News India – News from India : of positive action, steely endeavour and quiet triumphs.
  • Great Transition Initiative – A global network elaborating visions and pathways for a future of enriched lives, human solidarity and a healthy planet.
  • The Great Turning – A place for people from all walks of life, who have connected with the messages in David Korten’s books, The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and Agenda for a New Economy, and decided to do what they can to turn this world around.
  • Green Teacher – A magazine that helps youth educators enhance environmental and global education inside and outside of schools.
  • Greenbiz – Tools and information for improving sustainability in businesses, large and small.
  • Guerrilla Gardening – Dedicated to illicit cultivation around the world; a growing arsenal for anyone interested in the war against the neglect of public space.
  • Guide to Green Careers – A guidebook for people interested in finding a career where they can make a difference while making a living.
  • Harmony Foundation of Canada – Innovation & Leadership in Sustainable Development Education
  • Hopebuilding – Hopebuilding wiki shares almost 600 stories of achievement by ordinary people who are making the world a better place, so that local peoples’ expertise and achievements in one country can inspire local people elsewhere.
  • Horizon Solutions – Presents readily accessible peer-reviewed answers to problems in environment, health, population and development.
  • India Water Portal – India’s best-known resource and platform for water issues. See also India Water Portal’s collection of videos on YouTube.
  • The Institute for Local Self Reliance – A small organization with a remarkable track record for breaking new ground in promoting sustainable communities.
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development – Champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications.
  • International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance – Promotes community-based rainwater harvesting initiatives around the world
  • Internetwork for Sustainability – Excellent source for up-to-the-minute environmental news from around the world.
  • Japan for Sustainability – The latest information on environmental topics from Japan to the world.
  • Mexiconservación – Dedicated to promoting, supporting and executing environmental protection, conservation and restoration programs, integrated natural resource management and sustainable development in Mexico.
  • Mother Earth News – “The original guide to living wisely” – Organic gardening, modern homesteading, renewable energy, green homes, DIY projects, etc.
  • Millennium Institute – Includes models and tools for sustainability planning around the world.
  • Natural Inquirer – Resources for middle school environmental science education
  • National Wildlife Federation – Educates and assists individuals and organizations in conserving wildlife and other natural resources.
  • Natural Capital Coalition – A global multi-stakeholder collaboration that brings together leading initiatives and organizations to harmonize approaches to natural capital
  • New Urbanism – A leading and well respected informational website promoting good urbanism, smart transportation, transit oriented development, and sustainability. is independently owned and operated and is not connected to any organization, corporation, or public entity.
  • Next World TV – Large collection of videos on environmental topics.
  • pointReturn – The ongoing story of restoring 18 acres of wasteland in India into a sustainable resource for water, energy, food, and cash.
  • Resilience Alliance – A multidisciplinary research group that explores the dynamics of complex adaptive systems to discover foundations for sustainability.
  • Rare – Inspiring change in 56 countries so people and nature thrive.
  • Resurgence magazine represents a world view which integrates ecological sustainability, social justice and spiritual values.
  • Rocky Mountain Institute – An entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that fosters efficient and restorative use of resources, inspiring business, civil society, and government to design integrative solutions that create true wealth.
  • Sahaja Samrudha – A grassroots organization working closely with the rural community in South India. Sahaja has revived many traditional seed varieties, established a seed savers network, and runs a successful organic producers company.
  • Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships – A K-12 outreach program with a wealth of resources for science and math teachers.
  • Sierra Club – The oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States.
  • Society for Human Ecology – An international interdisciplinary professional society that promotes the use of an ecological perspective in research, education, and application.
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre – Research for biosphere stewardship and innovation, with a special emphasis on resilience.
  • Sustainable Development Media Think Tank – International media vehicle dedicated to good governance, conservation, environmentalism, changing lifestyles, renewable energy, and climate change.
  • Teaching Kids About Water Conservation – A collection of resources for educators
  • Terracycle – TerraCycle provides free waste collection programs for hard to recycle materials. They then upcycle the waste into affordable green products.
  • Thai Ecotrade – Thai Ecotrade collects and sorts many types of computer and related items and recycles them by de-manufacturing the components and selling the individual raw materials, or by reselling the useful parts.
  • – An analytical approach to solving the sustainability problem.
  • Top 100 Forestry Resources – The 100 best forestry sites on the Web.
  • Towards Sustainability – A resource for those sharing the vision of a brighter future where enhanced quality of life for all is inseparable from a clean species-rich natural environment.
  • TreeHugger – A one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
  • The Water Page – An independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of sustainable water resources management and use.
  • Western Watersheds Project – Project to protect and restore western watersheds and wildlife through education, public policy initiatives and litigation.
  • World Agroforestry Centre – Working toward a rural transformation in the developing world as smallholder households strategically increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food security, nutrition, income, health, shelter, social cohesion, energy resources and environmental sustainability.
  • Yes! Magazine – A journal of positive futures.
  • youth-leader – News and educational materials for sustainability.
  • Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives – Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives (ZERI) is a global network of creative minds seeking solutions to world challenges. The common vision shared by the members of the ZERI family is to view waste as a resource and seek solutions using nature’s design principles as inspiration.

Sustainability Organizations – Hawai`i

  • Blue Planet Foundation – Supports energy efficiency and the development of clean, renewable, local energy resources in Hawai’i.
  • Conservation Connections – A new web and mobile tool for connecting to Hawaii’s stewardship sites and ways to get involved
  • Green – Hawai‘i’s sustainable living magazine.
  • Green Hawai‘i – The online venue for and by the community concerned with sustainability. Promoting the efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations contributing to a healthy environment, society and economy.
  • Hawai’i Conservation Alliance – Promotes natural resource protection and management in Hawai’i.
  • Hawai’i Nature Center – An environmental education and stewardship center.
  • Kanu Hawai‘i – A membership organization encouraging people to make individual commitments to protect and promote a connection to the ‘aina, a culture of aloha, and local economic self-reliance.
  • Kokua Hawai’i Foundation – Provides environmental education resources for teachers and establishes school gardens.
  • Malama Hawai’i – Promotes environmental action and education in Hawai’i.
  • Malama Learning Center – Promotes sustainable living with learning opportunities for youth and adults
  • MA’O Organic Farm – Grows organic food and promotes greater food self-sufficiency in Hawai’i.
  • Sustainability in Hawai’i Blog – The Kauaian Institute’s SusHI blog supports sustainability learning initiatives throughout the Hawaiian islands.
  • University of Hawai’i Globalization Research Center – Resources and study tools on various aspects of globalization.
  • Windward Ahupua’a Alliance – Works on various environmental projects on the Windward side of Oahu, Hawai’i.

Environmental Directories

  • EcoEarth – Environment portal & search engine empowering the environmental sustainability movement.
  • Envirolink – a non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since 1991.
  • Environmental Yellow Pages – the environmental industries worldwide directory.
  • The Environment Directory – Earth’s Biggest Environment Search Engine.

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