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Background information on sustainable development "Green Buildings" and Sustainable Community Initiatives Urban and community planning associations and service providers Architects, engineers, project managers and environmental engineering services Other sources of information about charitable organizations and environmental activists
Information about Cityscape USA - This successful series of global events about commercial real estate investment and city development projects in big emerging markets will return to New York City in November 2000, and will also showcase developments in North American cities.  Contact us for details.

Please let us know whether the directory below and the listed resources were helpful to you.  Users of this directory may also find our directories of business forums and humanitarian or philanthropic organizations to be of interest.

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.

Contact us for project assistance or to seek advice and referralsWe are independent advisors doing global market research, relationship development, and confidential referral work - not a local government or non-profit economic development organization or directory publisher.  We help executives to research where to do business and to plan capital investment projects. The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.  The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives and advisors for quick reference across regions.
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Suggestions are welcome , and please report broken links.  See how to request a relevant directory listing We also welcome reciprocal links from relevant organizations.
Sources of background information This directory remains under development.
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.

www.mcdonough.com

www.mcdonoughpartners.com

www.thenextindustrialrevolution.org

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.

www.greenspirit.com

"The Sensible Environmentalist" columns for ESPN Outdoors

 

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World Business Council for Sustainable Development - international companies committed to sustainable development - economic growth, ecological balance, and social progress www.wbcsd.org
Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death, by Paul K. Driessen www.eco-imperialism.com
Junk Science http://www.junkscience.com/
SustainAbility - UK based consulting group www.sustainability.com
John Elkington - personal blog by the founder of SustainAbility www.johnelkington.com
"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 www.smartcommunities.ncat.org
Sustainable Communities Network - SCN - and Smart Growth Network - SGN - developed with the US EPA

www.sustainable.org

www.smartgrowth.org

Canadian International Institute for Sustainable Development www.iisd.org
US Green Building Council www.usgbc.org
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo www.greenbuildexpo.org
Green Building Alliance  
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council - SBIC www.sbicouncil.org
Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance - and directory of LEED professionals in Pittsburgh www.gbapgh.org   LEED pros
The Green Roundtable (Boston)  
Cleveland Green Building Coalition (CGBC) www.clevelandgbc.org
Green Building Association of Central Pennsylvania www.gbacpa.org
Sustainable Building Resource Directory - for the Mid-Atlantic region, sponsored by the Virginia Sustainable Building Network www.vsbn.org   www.sbrd.org 
Southface Energy Institute - Atlanta www.southface.org
NextStep - Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network - MnSCN - Minneapolis MN www.nextstep.state.mn.us
City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development - Green-Rated building resource www.green-rated.org
Wisconsin Green Building Association www.gba.org
Urban and community planning in general see also : Service providers for economic development
Urban Land Institute www.uli.org
IEDC - International Economic Development Council www.iedconline.org

Architects / Engineers and Community Planning Specialists

See : directory of architects, engineers, project managers, and environmental services

see also : Corporate Real Estate Firms and Developers
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 www.charitywatch.org
Avina - promotes sustainable development initiatives in the Americas www.avina.net
Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development - Germany www.bfsd.org
Charity Navigator - reference and rating information about many types of charities for donors www.charitynavigator.org
Development Gateway - links to many sources of information about development issues www.developmentgateway.org
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. www.donorsforum.org
Echoing Green - seed funding and support for innovative ventures http://www.echoinggreen.org/
Funders Network on Trade and Globalization (FNTG) - interests include sustainable environmental development issues related to globalization - San Francisco CA www.fntg.org
Global Philanthropy Forum - San Francisco CA - April 3-5, 2006 Washington DC conference www.philanthropyforum.org
Green Belt Movement - see 2004 Nobel Peace Prize note below , but not limited to Kenya www.greenbeltmovement.org
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. www.guidestar.org

 

MongaBay.com - information on tropical rainforest degradation, loss of habitats www.mongabay.com
Network for Good - information about organized charities for potential donors, linked to GuideStar background reports, with an online donation support process. www.networkforgood.org
One World South Asia - human rights and sustainable development http://southasia.oneworld.net
Optimist.org  - Action Without Borders connects people, organizations and resources - general global directory / marketplace for non-profit organizations and consultants www.optimist.org
UN Champions of the Earth - United Nations Environment Programme - and Global 500 Forum with information about past UNEP laureates www.unep.org/champions/    http://www.global500.org/
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 http://www.wangarimaathai.or.ke/

 

http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/audio_library/wv_radec04.asp  

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http://www.nobel.no/eng_lect_2004b.html   Transcript


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