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Eco-Industrial Park Workshop Proceedings

The workshop brought together representatives from 15 communities, businesses, resource organizations and federal, state and local governments to study the eco-industrial park concept. Read More

Institute for a Sustainable Environment

The Institute for a Sustainable Environment is a center for innovative, interdisciplinary research at the nexus of ecological, economic, and social sustainability. As the university’s oldest sustainability institute, the ISE is a thriving center for collaborative research, technical assistance, and policy education.The ISE has a number of program areas, including the ISE Geographic Information Systems Lab, Ecosystem Workforce Program and several individual research initiatives. Read More

Sustainable Development for Local Economies

This paper provides an overview of sustainable development principles and practice for local economies. Read More

Ecological Footprints of Nations

Provides links to the Ecological Footprints of Nations Report, Ecological Footprints of Nations sample calculations, and a spreadsheet of The Ecological Footprint of Santiago de Chile. 2005 update. Read More

TOOLS for Community Design and Decision-Making

Design, visualization, impact analysis, and consensus-building tools help improve local decision-making. They help in the planning and design of sustainable and healthy communities. Read More

Centre for Sustainable Design

This organization from the United Kingdom facilitates discussion and research on eco-design and broader sustainability considerations in product and service development. Read More

Smart Communities Network: Green Buildings Introduction

Provides a variety of resources related to sustainable development. Includes overview articles, slide shows, links to other sources of information, recommended books and videos, and educational materials and programs. Read More

Sustainable Measures

Searchable database of sustainability indicators and one day training course for using community indicators. Sustainable Measures is a private consulting firm that promotes sustainable communities. Read More

SD Dimensions

FAO’s Sustainable Development Department helps to strengthen capabilities of research, extension, education and communication systems so that rural people have the knowledge and skills to improve their productivity, and manage natural resources in sustainable ways. Read More

Sustainable Development Links

Colby College provides list of links to sites about sustainable development. Read More


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