Sustainability News

Sustainability News

Various news items dealing with different aspects of sustainability around the country and internationally, including developments in practices, policies, legislation, campaigns and science.

Also, look for sustainability news dealing with specific issues or places can be found on those pages.

Various news items dealing with different aspects of sustainability around the country and internationally, including developments in practices, policies, legislation, campaigns and science. Also, look for sustainability news dealing with specific issues or places can be found on those pages.

EPA's new sustainability framework

The National Researach Council has released its report, in response to a request from EPA, on a framework for incorporating sustainabilitiy into the EPA's principles and decision making, helping the agency to better assess the social, environmental and economic impacts involved in its decisions -- known as the "three pillars" paradigm.

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UN Under-Secretary General calls for US leadership on Rio+20

 On June 28, 2011, UN Under General Secretary Sha Zukang spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, calling upon the United States for its leadership in getting the world's governments and citizens to re-commit themselves to the global challenge of sustainable development -- one of t

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Rio+20 co-chairs invite inputs for compilation document

This past March the co-chairs of the UNCSD Bureau prepared a "guidance note" for inputs from Member States and "other stakeholders" into a compilation document "to serve as basis for the preparation of zero draft of the outcome document." This includes comments and recommendations from governments, civil society organizations (i.e., "Major Groups"), and o

MD is first state to require environmental literacy

Yesterday Maryland became the first state in the country to include environmental literacy as a requirement for high school education.

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$65 million for regional sustainability planning

June 21, 2011, Washington, DC. For years CitNet members have talked about the need for sustainability planning -- at all levels. Today Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan announced $65 million would soon be available support regional sustainability planning.

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Is green marketing over?

For years the debate has raged over the role "green marketing" would play within the sustainability movement, the power of increasingly aware and responsible consumers "voting with their dollars." Some have warned that it takes a lot more than just buying green to attain sustainability, and according to market observer Joel Makower this is definitely the case.

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What's their record on sustainability?

Environmental Law Center looks at sustainability record of Pennsylvania candidates for governor and U.S Senate

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2010 Living Planet report: Alarm ringing for tropical biodiversity

Gland, Switzerland. WWF just released the new 2010 Living Planet report, which calls attention to plummeting populations of tropic species, the impact of a human production/consumption footprint on natural resources up to 50% more than the earth can sustain.