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.

Prospects for sustainability at the State Department - Part 1

So, what are the prospects for sustainability at the State Department under the new Obama Administration?

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Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets

Sally CollinsOne recent development within the US Department of Agriculture has been the creation of the Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets, headed by Sally Collins. Collins had served as Associate Chief of the Forest Service for the past eight years.

Beyond Secretary of Agriculture

How to change USDA with sustainable agriculture allies

In her article on Gristmill last November 25, 2008, Steph Larson discusses the need for the appointment of Department of Agriculture candidates who will further the sustainability agenda.

Sustainable Boston: Solar is a hot sector in Massachusetts

From an article by Jackie  Noblett in he Boston Business Journal:

Once a hub for textiles and plastics, the Merrimack Valley is shining bright as a spot for solar companies to set up shop.

Towards a sustainable USDA

What are the prospects for sustainability within the Department of Agriculture under the Obama Administration?

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Lisa Jackson's top five priorities

After some delay since her January 14 confirmation hearings, on January 22, the U.S. Senate finally confirmed Lisa Jackson as the new head Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Many environmentals and scientists were pleased to hear her that "political appointees will not compromise the integrity of EPA's technical experts to advance particular regulatory outcomes."

In her January 23 memo to EPA employees, Jackson identified five priorities:

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Sustainability and the new Commerce Secretary

Washington, DC. The challenge of reconciling economic development and environmental protection especially confronts each new head of the US Commerce Department. Given the increased emphasis on job creation and economic recovery, to what degree will the new Commerce Secretary frame these priorities from a sustainable development perspective? Sustainability principles and values are currently part of the Commerce Department's domain, as noted in the promotion of sustainable manufacturing, sustainable fisheries, and economic and scientific strategies to address climate change.

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National Sustainability Strategy among Top Ten at change.org

January 16, 2009, Washington, DC. After an extremely close vote, the idea of a National Sustainability Strategy was chosen last week to be among the top ten (out of 7,500) on the Change.org list of ideas for the new Obama administration.

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