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Introduction to Sustainable Development (Coursera Course)

This course comprises three modules of Dr. Sachs’ longer course, “The Age of Sustainable Development.” This preview course, “Introduction to Sustainable Development” will give you an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. Read More

Indigenous Nations' Responses to Climate Change

The most promising avenues for Indigenous climate-change advocacy appear to bypass the established global system of sovereign states by asserting Native sovereignty in other areas. By not including the settler states, the Treaty of Indigenous Nations recognizes that the sovereignty of First Nations does not stem from its relationship with a federal government but is rather inherent and stems from its existence before the arrival of the colonial powers. The treaty also recognizes that the powers of Indigenous nations are not simply legally confined within the Western system of laws but are also social, economic, cultural, and spiritual. Even if the United States, Canada, and other countries are not responsive to Indigenous concerns, tribal leadership has a responsibility to safeguard the health and well-being of the tribal community by working with other Indigenous peoples, allies, and neighbors. Read More

World Social Science Report 2013: Changing Global Environments

This World Social Science Report examines the social dynamics of the Anthropocene and provides an overall vision to make sense of it. Environmental issues must no longer be seen as peripheral or impacting externally on societies. Quite the contrary, environmental change is interconnected with a multitude of other crises, risks and vulnerabilities which confront every society today. These must be understood together in order to be addressed together. The social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development are a single agenda. Water, forests, cities, agriculture, transport, housing, energy – in each of these processes of contemporary society, aspects of the environment are intertwined with human values, beliefs and behaviour. We shape our environment as it shapes us. Read More

Macroeconomics and the Environment

This module presents an expanded circular flow analysis that takes the biosphere into account. It reviews critiques and alternatives to GNP/GDP, emphasizing natural resource and environmental as well as social sustainability, then discusses the implications of long-term growth of population and economic output, contrasting the goal of economic growth with the goal of sustainable development. The student reading consists of 35 pages which includes discussion questions, glossary, references, and problems. Exercise answers are available to instructors. Read More

Microeconomics and the Environment

This module places the standard economic analysis of externalities and public goods in the context of the two paradigms of economics and ecology. It presents elements of economic analysis of the global climate change issues, sustainable fisheries management, and some concepts of industrial ecology. The student reading consists of 58 pages which includes discussion questions, glossary, references, and problems. Exercise answers are available to instructors. Read More

Center for Sustainable Systems Teaching Resources

The Center for Sustainable Systems has created several sets of teaching resources that can be used to support education surrounding sustainability concepts. These outlines and PowerPoints were created with a post secondary education audience in mind. Read More

Center for Sustainable Systems Factsheets

Since 2001 the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems has developed a growing set of factsheets that cover topics including energy, water, food, waste, buildings, materials, and transportation systems. Each factsheet presents important patterns of use, life cycle impacts and sustainable solutions. They are designed to inform policymakers, business professionals, students and teachers. The factsheets are peer-reviewed and updated annually. Read More

Economic Incentive Model for Sustainable Energy Use in U.S.

This research explores the potential of market forces to improve adoption of sustainable energy measures from the perspectives of three stakeholders; 1) the energy consumer, 2) the energy supplier and 3) society. Read More

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project: Farmer Resource Library

New Entry’s farmer library has hundreds of resources on sustainable farming, marketing, and operating a successful small business. Our physical library at our offices in Lowell, MA contains books, periodicals, pamphlets, and videos in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Khmer. You can also search the directory for downloadable digital resources, helpful websites, and online farming videos. Read More

Increased Fears about Environment, but Little Change in Consumer Behavior, According to New National Geographic/GlobeScan Study

Consumers adapting some sustainable behaviors, but change not keeping pace with concern, 18-country survey reveals; Americans remain last in global consumer sustainability ranking. Read More


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