Sustainable Measures and AXIS Performance Advisors transfer ownership of the S-CORE™ (Sustainability-Competency, Opportunity, Reporting & Evaluation) sustainability assessment tool to the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). Adding the on-line version of S-CORE™ to the repertoire of tools and resources available to ISSP members will broaden the use of this powerful sustainability assessment tool and accelerate the evolution of the database that businesses and not-for-profits can use to benchmark their sustainability efforts. To read more, click here.Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Maureen Hart has been chosen by the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) as the group's new Executive Director. To read more click here.Fri, Feb 28, 2014
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
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
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 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
"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.
"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
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Many people just starting to work on sustainability indicators have some basic questions that they would like to have answered. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:
- the amount and type (renewable or nonrenewable) of resources being consumed,
- whether renewable resources are being consumed at a rate below the regeneration rate,
- whether all its supporting ecosystems (local and nonlocal) are being degraded or maintained, and
- whether human and social capital is being maintained and enhanced or allowed to waste away.
If the question you are asking is 'what makes a city a leader in the field of sustainability', the basic elements are:
- a sincere willingness to address the issues overconsumption and population, which means:
- measuring resource consumption and waste generation including energy and land use and wastes traditionally considered nontoxic such as CO2,
- publishing and publicizing the results of the measures, and
- increasing community awareness as to why this is an issue to be concerned about
- incorporating principles of sustainability into the everyday life of the community bureaucracy (if town hall isn't doing it, it won't work),
- including all members of the community in the discussion, and
- getting people to actually care enough for changes to occur.
Is there any community that has already done all this? Not completely. Are there communities that are working on it? Yes. Check out the Online and Print Resources.
- Measure the types of material being used (percent renewable vs nonrenewable, percent recycled vs percent not recycled) and the rate at which it is being used (can't be using renewable resources faster than they can be renewed (includes energy being used both in production and in transporting workers, raw materials, and finished products).
- Measure the amount and type of emissions being generated and the rate at which they are being emitted compared to the ability of the surrounding ecosystems to absorb them without harm.
- Measure the rate at which workers are allowed or encouraged to develop new skills.
- Measure the amount to which the facility benefits the community around it, the community around the source of its raw materials and the community that is the destination for the product and for the disposal of the product.
A number of companies are using the framework of the Natural Step's 4 system conditions to develop and organize indicators. Also, the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production is a good source of information.
Sustainable use of a nonrenewable resource means using it in a cyclical way (recycling) so that the material does not end up in landfills or distributed in the environment via the air or water.
"What is sustainability, anyway."
Indicators of Sustainability. July 1999.
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