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Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable (SWRR) Meeting

The SWRR is having a meeting at UC Davis December 6-8, 2011. There will be presentations from nonprofit, government and corporate entities on water sustainability approaches, obstacles, and best practices. Register for the event and see the agenda here.

Wed, Dec 7, 2011
Culture and Local Goverenance Releases Special Double Issue of Culture & Local Goverance

The peer-reviewed online journal 'Culture and Local Goverance' has recently released a special double issue that focuses on the relationship between sustainability and culture within policy and planning initiatives. Articles within this issue come from across the globe, focusing on communities in Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Africa. The full issue is available for download here.

Wed, Mar 16, 2011
ISSP WebChat Series

On April 19, 2011, at 11am, the International Society of Sutainability Professionals (ISSP) will be having an interactive webinar focusing on 'A Day in the Life of a Sustainability Professional.' Find out more information and register here.

Tue, Mar 15, 2011
Conference: Transforming Local Governments/FCCMA 2011

Registration is now open for the conference, "Transforming Local Goverments/FCCMA 2011," which will be held from June 1-3, 2011, in Clearwater, Florida. A 10% discount for early-bird registration is in effect until April 1. For more information about the event, and to learn how to register, go to our Events page.

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
United Nations Launches New Website Section and Publication on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

The United Nations Environmental Regional Office for North America has recently launched a new section on its website that is devoted to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). The aim of SCP is to do "more and better with less, by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the life cycle of goods and services, while increasing the quality of life for all." The new section also has a link to the document "ABC of SCP: Clarifying Concepts on Sustainable Consumption;" which lays out a 10-year framework for SCP goals and programs.

Mon, Jan 24, 2011
Sustainable Jersey Awarded Ashoka Prize

Sustainable Jersey was a winner of Asoka Changemakers' competition, Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change for their innovation in sustainability project implementation and engaging New Jersey citizens in local government policy-making. Congratulations to Randy Solomon, Kristy Ranieri and the rest of Sustainable Jersey and thanks for all the great work they do for sustainable community development.

Wed, Nov 3, 2010
EPA to Provide Technical Assistance on Sustainable Growth and Development

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen eight communities to receive technical assistance on sustainable growth and development issues. The assistance will help local governments address infrastructure constraints, protect water quality, set development standards, and create options for housing and transportation."
Find more information about the EPA's Smart Growth Assistance Program here.

Thu, Oct 21, 2010
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Announces Nearly $100 million in Grants

"HUD announced the first recipients of the Sustainable Communities and Regional Planning Grant Program. Across the US, 45 regional areas will receive part of the nearly $100 million in funding. This new program will assist State, local, and tribal governments to create and implement regional plans that integrate affordable housing, economic development, land use and transportation to build livable, sustainable communities."

You can find the complete official HUD announcement here.

Wed, Oct 20, 2010
Sustainable Measures, based in West Hartford, Connecticut, is a private consulting firm dedicated to promoting sustainable organizations and communities through the development, understanding and use of effective indicators and systems for measuring progress. Through services such as interactive workshops, consulting, lectures and publications, Sustainable Measures educates, activates and helps groups create effective indicators. Sustainable Measures offers a wide variety of consulting services to help governments, businesses and non-profits find appropriate, practical ways to contribute to the overall sustainability of their communities. The firm brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the field of sustainability.
  • Training – Both introductory workshops and more advanced training in such topics as general sustainability issues, indicators and performance measurement and community and organizational processes for furthering sustainability.
  • Sustainability Assessment - Sustainability Competency & Opportunity Rating & Evaluation (SCORE) Determine where your organization is on the road to sustainability and identify new opportunities and assess your organizational practices.
  • Community, Organizational and System Development – Clarify and develop goals based upon sustainability principles, review existing measurement and feedback systems, create a set of indicators appropriate to needs and resources and develop a process to encourage on-going use.
  • Evaluation – Work to analyze indicators and processes to ensure they reflect and support principles of sustainability, move the community or organization toward a more sustainable state and can be consistently used regardless of change and development.
  • Data Analysis, Reporting and Editing – Perform data analysis, edit reports and documents and create presentations discussing indicators in language that all involved can understand.
  • Practitioner Networks – Designing, developing, hosting or facilitating peer-to-peer support through practitioner networks.