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The directory below selectively organizes information about sustainable development and environmental initiatives and service providers.  The focus is on those which do work in close cooperation with local economic development organizations, corporations, and professional service providers such as architects, engineers, community planners, construction firms, utilities, etc.  The purpose is to make it easier for executives and business advisors to find contacts who may be relevant to their own interests as they plan their own corporate and local community growth, including support for philanthropic social development ventures. This is not intended to be a global directory of environmental charity or activist groups.  Instead, our focus is on those who are working closely with business and community leaders to achieve positive environmental impact in the context of community growth and business investment and collaboration rather than through government lobbying and protest activities.

The websites listed below will typically have many other relevant links of potential interest.  We welcome suggestions for addition to this selective directory of services and resources.

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William McDonough, author of "Cradle to Cradle", is an architect specialized in sustainable development in the broadest sense, literally trying to redesign the world through more than just individual projects such as green buildings.  An excellent speaker, his writings provide pragmatic and thought-provoking approaches to sustainability and social responsibility in industrial process and facility design, community development planning, and recycling.  Rather than push environmental doomsday scenarios, his basic premise is that we can take the time, learn to do better, and invest in innovation for sustainable growth and prosperity.

Dr. Patrick Moore was one of the founders of Greenpeace, but has been very critical of the current environmental activists.  His essay on "Environmentalism for the 21st Century" is highly recommended.  Although some portray Moore as an "Eco-Traitor", we think that he raises very legitimate concerns about political activism and sustainable global development issues which apply to more than just the environmentalist groups.  Excellent speaker.

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World Business Council for Sustainable Development - international companies committed to sustainable development - economic growth, ecological balance, and social progress
Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death, by Paul K. Driessen
Junk Science
SustainAbility - UK based consulting group
John Elkington - personal blog by the founder of SustainAbility
"Green Buildings" and sustainable communities - sustainable design, environmentally sensitive built environment, and sustainable communities initiatives Many public and investor-owned utilities are actively engaged in "green" development and  energy efficiency initiatives in their service areas.  See : Utility directory
Smart Communities Network - National Center for Appropriate Technology - Butte MT - US Department of Energy
Sustainable Communities Network - SCN - and Smart Growth Network - SGN - developed with the US EPA

Canadian International Institute for Sustainable Development
US Green Building Council
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
Green Building Alliance  
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council - SBIC
Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance - and directory of LEED professionals in Pittsburgh   LEED pros
The Green Roundtable (Boston)  
Cleveland Green Building Coalition (CGBC)
Green Building Association of Central Pennsylvania
Sustainable Building Resource Directory - for the Mid-Atlantic region, sponsored by the Virginia Sustainable Building Network 
Southface Energy Institute - Atlanta
NextStep - Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network - MnSCN - Minneapolis MN
City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development - Green-Rated building resource
Wisconsin Green Building Association
Urban and community planning in general see also : Service providers for economic development
Urban Land Institute
IEDC - International Economic Development Council

Architects / Engineers and Community Planning Specialists

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BNIM Architects of Kansas City - helped develop LEED guidelines on sustainable projects  
Additional sources of information to research or support non-profit groups See also : Humanitarian, Charitable & Philanthropic Community Services directory
American Institute of Philanthropy - reviews charity performance to assist donors
Avina - promotes sustainable development initiatives in the Americas
Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development - Germany
Charity Navigator - reference and rating information about many types of charities for donors
Development Gateway - links to many sources of information about development issues
Donors Forum of Chicago - Chicago is not only the "city that works" or generous "city of big shoulders", but also a city with a fairly well organized process to coordinate philanthropic activities among community leaders.  Executives in other cities might find this model interesting to organize collaboration among foundations which focus on different social priorities and approaches to the tasks, but are also working to achieve common goals.
Echoing Green - seed funding and support for innovative ventures
Funders Network on Trade and Globalization (FNTG) - interests include sustainable environmental development issues related to globalization - San Francisco CA
Global Philanthropy Forum - San Francisco CA - April 3-5, 2006 Washington DC conference
Green Belt Movement - see 2004 Nobel Peace Prize note below , but not limited to Kenya
GuideStar - US national database of nonprofit organizations.  Part of their focus is on sharing information for those who are seeking grants or jobs from nonprofits, but they also summarize what the organizations have been doing or are planning, including financial info. - information on tropical rainforest degradation, loss of habitats
Network for Good - information about organized charities for potential donors, linked to GuideStar background reports, with an online donation support process.
One World South Asia - human rights and sustainable development  - Action Without Borders connects people, organizations and resources - general global directory / marketplace for non-profit organizations and consultants
UN Champions of the Earth - United Nations Environment Programme - and Global 500 Forum with information about past UNEP laureates
Green Belt Movement : Kenya

Congratulations to 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya for her contributions to sustainable development, democracy and peace.

Her inspirational lecture was also broadcast through the Worldview program of Chicago Public Radio, where an audio clip is available, which is well worth hearing to capture the passion of her many years of commitment to this cause.  It is an exceptional lecture on development and the linkages between environmental issues and democratic governance and peace.  A full transcript is on the Nobel website.

The Nobel Lecture, December 10, 2004. "A Sustainable Environment and Peace", by Laureate Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement  (biography).  There is a special website about her work at  

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