The movement toward a sustainable future is based on the idea of connection and community rather than individualism and self-concern. We consider the link listed here valuable partners in advancing the environmental, social, and economic principles of sustainable development. If you know of a good links for this page, please contact us.
Sustainable Business Resources
Business and Sustainable Development: Tools and strategies to help businesses apply sustainability principles in practice. Includes case studies.
Business for a Better World: Provides resources to help individual businesses, business consortia/associations/joint ventures, and the business community as a whole create and implement solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, while developing an outlook geared toward long-term profit.
Cultural Creatives: A site based on the book by Paul and Sherrie Ruth Anderson, this site provides information on recent research and ideas on the “Cultural Creative” demographic, who make purchasing decisions based on “green” and socially-just values.
Green America: Formerly “Co-op America”, their mission is to harness economic power—the strength of individuals, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
Green America Wire: National directory of green businesses. Also offers green business certification.
GreenBiz.com: News and information to help businesses integrate environmental thinking into their operations. A very good green business resource.
Green Business Bureau: Becoming the standard for green business certification and accountability.
Magazine MN Sustainable Businesses and Start-ups: An online magazine for impact entrepreneurs, purpose-driven companies and startups, clean-tech businesses, green innovators, and sustainability professionals.
SustainableBusiness.com: News, events, business and investment opportunities, links and a great resource page full of helpful links. Home of the leading green jobs service, “Green Dream Jobs.”
Global Sustainable Business Resources
Business for Social Responsibility (BSR): BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.
International Institute for Sustainable Development: A clearinghouse of news, information and analysis from ongoing international negotiations on the environment and sustainable development. A good source for worldwide meeting coverage and upcoming conventions.
Sustainable Development International: Designed to educate a global audience on all aspects of sustainable development and environmental issues. Offers 3-learning tools.
United Nations Division for Sustainable Development: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) provides leadership in promoting and coordinating implementation of the sustainable development agenda of the United Nations, and includes five core functions: (1) Support to UN intergovernmental processes on sustainable development; (2) Analysis and policy development; (3) Capacity development at the country level; (4) Inter-agency coordination; and (5) Knowledge management, communication and outreach. Website provides a very good resource section containing thousands of downloadable publications and reports on sustainable development.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development: A global coalition of international companies committed to sustainable development via the three pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress. The U.S. sister site is the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development.
World Bank Sustainable Development Network: Responsible for implementing the organization’s sustainable development agenda, embracing the “triple bottom line” of sustainability—economic, environmental and social—as well as anticipating and addressing major trends such as climate change, natural resource depletion, food scarcity, and urban expansion. A very good topic overview/summary of issues relating to sustainable development.
Minnesota Sustainability Resources
Alliance for Sustainability: A Minnesota non-profit supports model sustainability projects on the local, national, and international levels. Provides hands-on training and tools for neighborhoods, congregations, schools and businesses to save energy, water and resources while building community, health, wealth and local resilience. Comprehensive resource center, newsletter, and educational programs.
Do It Green: An online guidebook (formerly Twin Cities Green Guide) designed to educate Minnesotans about green and sustainable living and promote building healthy, local communities through free articles, events, community workshops, and monthly newletters.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance: Provides technical assistance and information on environmentally sound economic development strategies. Works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens.
Fresh Energy: For more than 20 years, Fresh Energy has transformed widely held economic and environmental ideas into smart energy policy. The organization’s efforts are concentrated in six key areas: retiring coal plants, regulating carbon pollution, improving transportation and land-use systems, expanding transmission for renewable energy, and increasing clean energy and energy efficiency. Their partner site, a daily online source featuring news, commentary, and original reporting on energy issues, is Midwest Energy News.
Sustainable Development Directories/Databases
CSRWire: The corporate social responsibility newswire.
Environmental News Network: In the past this site was mainly an aggregate of environmental news, but has grown into more than just a collection of content. It is rapidly becoming a collection of resources, teachers, experts and tools that provide objective information and knowledge about the increasingly complex field of environmental science.
Envirolink: The EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since 1991
World Wide Web Virtual Library on Sustainable Development: A comprehensive list of internet sites dealing with sustainable development, including organizations, projects and activities, electronic journals, libraries, references and documents, databases, directories or meta-databases.
World Watch Institute: An independent research organization working for an environmentally sustainable and socially-just society. Analyzes environmental data from around the world and informs people about environmental trends and practical solutions to the world’s problems.