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Achieving Sustainable Urban Form
coverGoing Local : Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age by Michael H. Shuman.

Communities throughout the world are losing control of their economies. Convinced by mainstream economists that globalization is inevitable, local leaders - whether liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican - are trying to attract outside investment by paying massive subsidies, slashing wages, and weakening environmental standards. Going Local details how dozens of communities are regaining control over their economies by employing three new kinds of strategies: investing not in outsiders, but in locally owned businesses like credit unions, cooperatives, community land trusts, municipally owned utilities, small worker-owned firms, community development corporations, and local shareholder-owned firms such as the Green Bay, Packers; focusing on import-replacing rather than export-led development, by reducing dependence on distant sources of energy, water, food, and basic materials; and asking the federal government for more power, not more pork, by eliminating many subsidies and changing tax and trade laws that disempower communities. Going Local challenges conservatives and liberals alike to rethink their views about markets, corporations, and devolution. It suggests novel ways in which businesses can blend private ownership and community responsibility, and innovative policies that can balance the virtues of a free market with the critical need - and special ability - of local government to address its shortcomings. 

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Menominee Sustainable Development Institute
For over 5,000 years, dating back to the earliest traces of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, the forest has been central to the lives and well-being of the Tribe. The Menominee have created a powerful example of a sustainable society that is a part of the modern world. The Menominee Sustainable Development Institute (part of the College of the Menominee Nation) is dedicated to examining sustainablity issues and applying them to the Menominee model of sustainable development. This home page is devoted to explorations of questions like, what is sustainable development? Answers are offered through multimedia presentations, essays, and conversations on the Menominee, their Forest, and their spirit. Please enter our virtual environment and help us look at ways to sustain the earth and our future...

 

Sustainable Earth Electronic Library
Sustainable Earth Electronic Library (SEEL), a unique collection devoted exclusively to materials that educate people on ways to preserve and restore our natural environment. By providing access to this valuable information participating organizations and individuals share with one another the ways in which they are making the world ecologically secure. The majority of this collection includes full-text materials published by nonprofit environmental organizations and educational institutions and organizations. Our hope is to give these organizations a voice not often heard through traditional information dissemination.  

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bulletPlants and Sustainable Agriculture
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bulletTrees, Forests and Forestry
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Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
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World Sustainable Agriculture Association
Science and technology have enabled agriculture to become increasingly productive, to produce abundant harvests by manipulating Nature, and to increase the quality of life in most areas of the world. However, a heavy price is paid for this abundance. Many modern agricultural practices harm the environment, impair human health, and destroy the social and economic well-being of rural communities.

Sustainable food and farming systems that enable producers to work in partnership with Nature have been developed to correct these deficiencies. These economically- viable and environmentally sound systems have been successfully demonstrated throughout the world. However, their adoption has been slowed by lack of government support and difficulty in gaining access to new information.

In 1991, a group of concerned and like-minded individuals and organizations, rising above their respective nationalities and religions, committed themselves to the task of trying to reverse these trends. They established the World Sustainable Agriculture Association (WSAA) and agreed to work together to restore harmony between people and nature. 

 

UC Davis: Sustainable Agriculture
SAREP provides leadership and support for scientific research and education to encourage farmers, farm workers, and consumers in California to produce, distribute, process and consume food and fiber in a manner that is economically viable, sustains natural resources and biodiversity, and enhances the quality of life in the state's diverse communities for present and future generations. 

 

Institute for Energy and Sustainable Development
The mission of the Institute is to make a worthwhile and significant contribution to the cause of sustainable development.

 

Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development
This database contains information on local, national and international organizations and government agencies currently active in the development of sustainable technologies and methods. 

 

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of 125 international companies united by a shared commitment to the environment and to the principles of economic growth and sustainable development.

Its members are drawn from 30 countries and more than 20 major industrial sectors. 

 

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