How big is the problem? -- And the need for international collaboration
Something on the order of four billion people live in cities in this new century. And within all of the larger and more prosperous ones at any rate, more than half of all CO2 generated comes from transport sources. That's just for starters however. There is worse news ahead.
At last count (http://www.citypopulation.de/World.html) there are some 428 agglomerations and cities in the world today with populations exceeding or close to one million. Well, that gives us a first idea of the magnitude of the challenge. And of the opportunities, since all we need to do is find and convince a first city pioneer group to step forward and show the way to the rest.
And as to how many there are of more than, say, 100,000 inhabitants -- a perfectly good target size for a great 20/20 program, I can only guess. Certainly the number is in the tens of thousands and quite likely an order of magnitude more than that. Wow!
Please note: The Challenge is above all a cooperative project. It does not intend to try to compete, replace or take over from the many fine programs and efforts already on line or in the plan stage in the many areas that need to be brought together to move us toward more sustainable, happier, and safer cities.. From the outset Kyoto Cities has been deliberately framed to provide a useful complement to the rest: with our particular competence being hands-on experience in the transition to sustainable transport in cities, an exceptional wide base of disciplines and backgrounds, and a long tradition of effective international networking for sustainable change.
As an indication of our commitment to collaboration and team work, the soul in fact of this entire undertaking, we now point you to the following inventory in progress which already identifies more than five hundred groups working in related areas world wide. In almost all these cases we have made an effort to contact and invite the principals to get in touch to discuss how best we might collaborate on all this. And we intend to continue as among our highest priorities this effort to build bridges, build teams, and build solutions in specific places.
You will notice a hearty diversity in these programs and sites, from the diplomatic and formal to the contentious and impudently activist. We will need all of that and more to make a more sustainable and just world. Creative dissonance is our thing.
While such a listing is inevitably idiosyncratic and personal, and incomplete, for those who care it should be a source of not only help but of a certain, measured, hopefulness. Look at how many people in how many places are trying to do their part for a more sustainable world! And you can help too by sharing your suggestions and ideas with us all. (At The Commons, we answer our mail.)
500 PPM (Germany): - promotes global climate protection through international partnerships and by fostering involvement of industry, the public sector, and concerned individuals through market-driven means. Create solutions for clients that integrate global climate protection into business operations. "500 PPM" means 500 parts per million - a crucial value for climate protection because it describes a point at which the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere should be stabilized.
A Day at the Office (The Commons, France) Prepared for friends and colleagues world wide in an attempt to set before you an informal, partial, ad hoc collection of some of the most interesting and challenging communications, excerpts and working notes generated via projects and exchanges taking place in The Commons and its various public interest programs. We invite you to share your comment on any points, pieces or articles posted here that strike your interest. And to submit your own items.
Adaptive Environments (USA)
is a 25 year old educational non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities. Adaptive Environments' work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human centered or universal design. Projects vary from local to international. All are characterized by collaboration and user participation.
Adbusters Media Foundation (Canada): A global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs... who believe culture jamming can be to our era what civil rights was to the '60s, what feminism was to the '70s, what environmental activism was to the '80s...
Aga Khan Development Network (Switzerland ): The AKDN focuses on health, education, culture, rural development, institution-building and the promotion of economic development. It is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin or gender.
All India Institute of Local Self-Government, designed to promote & support activities in the area of Research and Training in Municipal Administration, was launched in 1926. Since its inception, the Institute has covered various states through its regional offices and peripatetic as well as permanent centers.
AllAfrica Global Media(Mauritius): -- multi-media content service provider, systems technology developer and the largest electronic distributor of African news and information worldwide. Aggregate, produce and distribute news from across Africa to tens of millions of end users.
The Alliance to Save Energy (USA): -
promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and energy security. The Alliance strives to be the world's premier organization promoting energy efficiency to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security
Alliance for Sustainability (USA): The mission of the Alliance is to bring about personal, organizational and planetary sustainability through support of projects that are ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just and humane. The Alliance for Sustainability is a Minnesota-based, tax-deductible nonprofit supporting model sustainability projects on the local, national and international levels.
Alternative Transportation Resources (USA) Life After, Before, Without, and Despite Cars.
Focus is twofold. One is to participate in the on-going effort of challenging the supremacy of the automobile, whether on our roads or in our hearts. The other is to promote and encourage the use of bicycles.
America Walks (USA) The mission is to foster the development of community-based pedestrian advocacy groups, to educate the public about the benefits of walking, and, when appropriate, to act as a collective voice for walking advocates. To carry out our mission, we provide a support network for local pedestrian advocacy groups. We offer advice about how to get started and how to be effective with public officials and engineering and design professionals.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
(USA) - a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection. ACEEE's program areas include: National, Regional, and State Energy Policy; Buildings, Appliances and Equipment; Utilities; Industry; Transportation; International; Conferences and Publications.
Amor (Austria): Austrian Mobility Research is one of the leading European companies in the field of mobility research and therefore has a vast experience in cooperating with the EU-research promotional institutions. Works for sustainable environmental-friendly and people-friendly traffic development.
Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (Maylasia): ARROW is committed to promoting and protecting women's health rights and needs, particularly in the area of women's sexuality and reproductive health. We believe that good health and well-being and access to comprehensive and affordable gender-sensitive health services are fundamental human rights.
Asahi Glass Foundation (Japan) - strives to contribute to the creation of a richer,
more vibrant society. To this end, the Foundation supports research in leading-edge scientific and technological fields and recognizes individual and organizational efforts to solve issues of concern to people around the world.
Aseed (Netherlands) - a network that initiates actions and campaigns on environmental and social justice issues. Main activities are promoting discussion, encouraging positive action, distributing publications and coordinating meetings
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public (USA) -
Ashoka invests in people. It is a global non-profit organization that searches the world for social entrepreneurs-extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities. Ashoka identifies and invests in these social entrepreneurs when no one else will.
Association for European Transport (UK)
European organisation for transport professionals, promotes networking and the exchange of ideas, Information and opportunities amongst its members through conferences, special interest groups and the members' website. AET is responsible for organising Europe's leading annual transportation conference (the European Transport Conference - ETC). Members are encouraged to play an active role.
L'Association Transports et environnement (Switzerland) (ATE) oeuvre depuis 1979 et avec succès en faveur d'une mobilité intégrant l'être humain et la protection de l'environnement. Pour parvenir à ses objectifs en matière de politique des transports durable, l'ATE préconise un usage parcimonieux de l'énergie, des atteintes minimales à l'environnement ainsi qu'une réduction des transports inutiles.
The AtKisson Accelerator, Inc (Sweden and USA)) AtKisson, Inc. is an international network of professional consultants, trainers, facilitators, researchers, writers and designers, with bases in the U.S, Europe, and Australia; and with strategic relationships with a number of other firms and organizations around the world.
Association for Commuter Transportation (USA)) - North America's most respected association for professionals who specialize in commute options and solutions as well as organizations, business and indivudals interested in creating a more workable transportation system.
Australian Conservation Foundation (Australia) Australia's leading national, environmental organisation. It is non-profit, membership-based and is funded by individual Australians via their memberships, donations and workplace giving programs. ACF works for practical solutions to the most urgent environmental problems, solutions that achieve lasting political, economic and social support.
Auto-Free NY (USA) - A movement aimed at exploring and achieving the upper limit of "devehicularization" of our nation's largest city. Get cars out of our parks. Curb the reckless motorists who dominate our streets. Increase pedestrian space and safety. Invest in new transit options and make bicycling better. A livable city is possible! ALso see www.vision42.org
Auto-Free Ottawa (Canada): makes extensive of electronic discussion areas. Used for announcements, general discussion and for event planning. There is also a support area for people that are making a transition to a car-free lifestyle. (Listed here as an example of spontaneous citizen organization.)
autofrei wohnen/carfree living (Germany) German page contains lists of carfree projects, carfree initiatives & vacation destinations, go to chapter "... Worldwide". With english links and some english subtitles (see notes in chapters` english introduction pages). New destinations` links are welcome! Also detailed information about cfd and the Berlin/Germany carfree situation
Autonomic Communication research initiative (Europe) Autonomic Communication Forum (ACF) initiative is being founded on the belief that a radical paradigm shift towards a self-organising, self-managing and context-aware autonomous network, considered in a technological, social and economic context, is the only adequate response to the increasingly high complexity and demands now being placed on the Internet.
The Baltic Challenge (Sweden) - for Sustainable Growth in the Baltic Sea Region A yearly competition - The Baltic Challenge Award - is a core activity inviting projects illustrating innovative and useful ways to implement ICT. The vision of the Baltic Challenge is to create the world's most dynamic and highly competitive ICT region - a leading user of ICT tools both for citizen and community leverage and for sustainable socio-economic growth in the region.
Bicycling Empowerment Network (South Africa) - for Sustainable Growth in the Baltic Sea Region Launched in Cape Town on 7 February 2002. BEN promotes the use of bicycles in order to address low-cost mobility, health and access to opportunity, employment, skills and education. In collaboration with both national and international development/ donor agencies, the project facilitates the transportation of bicycles from Europe, Great Britain and the United States to South Africa, the establishment of bicycle workshop projects and the introduction of bicycle user paths/ networks.
Best Foot Forward (UK) ' Our aim is to help regions, organisations and communities to reduce their 'ecological footprint' through the delivery of a wide range of analytical tools and consulting services."
Best Practices and Local Leadership Programme (UNEP) - a global network of institutions dedicated to the identification and exchange of successful solutions for sustainable development. The BLP partners' network identifies initiatives in such areas as housing, urban development and governance, the environment, economic development, social inclusion, crime prevention, poverty reduction, women, youth, infrastructure and social services.
Best Practices Database (UNEP) This searchable database contains proven solutions to common social, economic and environmental problems of an urbanising and globalising world. Over 1600 practices from 140 countries demonstrate practical ways in which public, private and civil society sectors are working together to improve governance, eradicate poverty, provide housing, land and basic services, protect the environment and support economic development.
Biciacción :) (Ecuador) Desde el 2002 conformamos la fundación Biciacción con el fin de promover el uso de las bicicletas, fomentando el respeto y la convivencia pacífica de los distintos medios de transporte en Quito.
Bike Forums (USA) Common topics of discussion include: Advocacy & Safety - Bicycle Mechanics - Commuting - Road Cycling - Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Training & Nutrition - Winter Cycling
Breakthrough Institute (USA) - believes that we can create a better world by advancing a vision grounded in America's founding values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Bremen Initiative (Germany) is a global platform for all local business-municipality partnership programmes and projects aiming at sustainable development. As a campaign, its goal is to affect awareness, influence legislation and be a catalyst in developing new solutions based on best practices.
Bretton Woods Project (USA) - A networker, information provider, media informantand watchdog to scrutinise and influence the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Brisbane Institute (Australia) - "Since its formation in 1999 has, in accordance with its charter, developed as a generator of ideas and a facilitator of discussion. A feature of the Institute is its emerging status as a key driver of intellectual exchange between policy makers and practitioners in industry, commerce, government, academic institutions and the wider community, both in Australia and internationally.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (USA) The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 established BTS for data collection, analysis, and reporting and to ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources. BTS brings a greater degree of coordination, comparability, and quality standards to transportation data, and to fill important gaps.
Business Council for Sustainable Energy (USA) The BCSE is an organization dedicated to implementing market-based approaches to reducing pollution and providing a diverse, secure mix of energy resources. Through our extensive national and international contacts, the Council works on issues pertaining to climate change, international financing, clean energy tax equity and global market development
California Energy Commission (USA) : The state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Promoting energy efficiency through appliance and building standards.
Developing energy technologies and supporting renewable energy.
Planning for and directing state response to energy emergency.
Campaign for Better Transit (USA) : The (CBT) is a coalition of transit riders, community organizations, environmentalists and social justice advocates, working to build a public transportation system that meets the transit needs of all the people of Chicago.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Canada) :
- offers an alternative to the message that we have no choice about the policies that affect our lives. We undertake and promote research on issues of social and economic justice. We produce research reports, books, opinion pieces, fact sheets and other publications, including The Monitor, a monthly digest of progressive research and opinion.
Canadian Urban Institute (Canada) : CUI is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing solutions to important issues that have an impact on the quality of life in urban areas and communicating those solutions to a wide audience through a variety of media. The CUI brings together experts from different disciplines to connect people, money and ideas to build strong communities and equitable and competitive urban areas in Canada and internationally.
Carshare Organizations - World Inventory (France) : Organized in three main parts: (i) World Inventory of Carshare Operators, (ii) Regional Groupings, and (iii) links to National Groupings. In each case these inventories are developed with the help of our members and colleagues of the World CarShare Consortium world wide.
CarBusters: a project of World Carfree Network. Carbusters.org, Car Busters magazine, and the Car Busters Resource Centre are tools for the grassroots global carfree movement - activists, campaigners and engaged citizens from around the world who want to take on car culture and promote alternative ways of life. Organise their own World Car-Free Day... and their site is full of useful info for anti-car campaigners worldwide
Car Free Cities Discussions Free flow chat sessions on how to achieve "car free city solutions to the vexing problem of urban automobiles." Includes discussion of transport and energy issues. Intended for discussion of personal experiences as they relate to the larger issues. Moderated by Carfree.com.
Car Free Discussions 300 list members discuss and explore issues related to eliminating or reducing one's reliance on automotive transport. Celebrates non-polluting forms of transportation such as walking and bicycling while encouraging the use of mass transit as well as other life style changes providing an alternative to autocentric perspectives. Very personal, laid back approach.
Carfree Times A newsletter for those interested in carfree cities. Published on-line four times a year (sometimes more often).
Carfree Universe (USA) - focus of this site is not so much on accomplishing carfreeness (though that is a desired end), but on helping those who are choosing to live without a car have as many opportunities and options as possible. It is about creating a strong and supportive environment for those who choose carfreeness.
Cars Suck - Right Of Way is a group of activists dedicated to asserting the rights of car-free street users -- including pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters -- and fighting back against car violence. Our home base is New York City, but we hope to report on, and help stimulate, action and awareness in other locales as well.
Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (USA))
The world's premier forum for research and education in ethics and international policy. We provide a home for those who explore the ethical dilemmas posed by issues such as deadly conflict, human rights violations, environmental protection, global economic disparities, and the politics of reconciliation.
Centre for Alternative Technology (UK) CAT is an environmental charity aiming to 'inspire, inform, and enable' people to live more sustainably. A solutions driven organisation, offering practical solutions to environmental problems. Key areas: are renewable energy, environmental building, energy efficiency, organic growing and alternative sewage systems.
- established in 1985 by a group of state governors to develop and promote innovative policy solutions to energy and environmental problems. Center has been actively engaged in analyzing and advancing policies in all sectors of the economy-electricity, transportation and land-use, buildings, commercial, industrial, agriculture, and forestry-as well as cross-cutting experience in emissions trading and emissions registries.
Environment for sustainable business innovation. Centre for Distance-spanning Technology manages integrated IT R&D projects and processes for sustainable business innovations. CDT is a joint venture between Luleå University of Technology and IT industry, where researchers, businessmen and entrepreneurs collaborate...
Center for A New American Dream (USA) - helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life and promote social justice. We work with individuals, institutions, communities and businesses to conserve natural resources, counter the commercialization of our culture and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed.
Centre for Integral Economics (Canada) - launched in 1998 when we recognized the power and potential for economic instruments to transform the fundamental direction and structure of our society. The image of economic policy acting akin to the DNA of an organism is a central metaphor of our work. Like DNA, tax and other fiscal polices are largely hidden and mysterious, but incredibly powerful forces in directing behaviour and development patterns. We are committed to shaping these forces in a way that supports progressive social, economic, and environmental policy goals. CIE works with diverse leaders to both educate about sustainability and to practically implement concrete changes. CIE is both a charitable organization and runs an influential fee-for-service consulting arm.
Center For Science and Environment (India) Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is an independent, public interest organisation which aims to increase public awareness on science, technology, environment and development. The Centre was started in 1980.
Center for Livable Communities (USA)
- a national initiative of the Local Government Commission (LGC). A nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization of elected officials, city and county staff, and other interested individuals throughout California and other states, the Local Government Commission helps local governments identify and implement solutions to today's problems
Centre for Poverty Analysis (Sri Lanka) CEPA is a Sri Lankan organisation that carries out research, provides advisory services and influences policy on poverty in the country. It is an active member of the Lanka Forum for Rural Transport Development (the Sri Lankan network affiliated to the IFRTD).
Centre for Public Space Research (Denmark)
A research centre of the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts specially devoted to the study of urban spaces and the impact of the design of urban and suburban areas on the daily lives of their
inhabitants. Director: Dr Jan Gehl.
Center for Resource Solutions (USA) believes a small number of people can make a big difference in addressing sustainability issues. We encourage the transfer of sustainable technologies and foster international leadership in sustainability by building the human capacity to meet environmental, economic, and cultural needs.
Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (UK) CSERGE is internationally renowned for working at the forefront of interdisciplinary research, on a range of environmental issues. CSERGE uses social science analysis as a link between existing scientific knowledge and policy guidance, with the aim of mitigating environmental problems in both developed and developing economies.
Changemakers is an initiative of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public that focuses on the rapidly growing world of social entrepreneurship. It provides solutions and resources needed to help everyone become a changemaker and presents compelling stories that explore the fundamental principles of successful social innovation around the world.
Chebang (UK) - an online magazine for all interested in local sustainability or quality of life issues
China Sustainable Energy Program (China)The CSEP supports China's policy efforts to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy. The program emphasizes both national policy and regional implementation. The program strives to build capacity in China to analyze energy savings and renewable energy opportunities, and to develop policies to capture those opportunities.
Children's Play Council (UK)
The Children’s Play Council (CPC) is a campaigning and research organisation that promotes children’s play. Established in 1988, CPC is an alliance of national and regional voluntary organisations, local authorities and partnerships with an interest in children's play. This includes play associations and networks, playwork training organisations, local play services, EYDCPs and Local Strategic Partnerships as well as many national children's charities.
CPC aims to raise people's awareness of the importance of play in children's lives and the need for all children to have access to better play opportunities and services. It promotes consultation with children and young people of all abilities and facilitates networks between children's services.
CIEL - Center for International Environmental Law - a nonprofit organization working to use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society. We provide a wide range of services including legal counsel, policy research, analysis, advocacy, education, training, and capacity building.
Cities21 (USA) Summary: we design sustainable suburbs of the future: no taxpayer cost, less traffic and greenhouse gas, more housing and social vibrancy, greater auto-free mobility, increased public transit revenues, increased office and residential land values, retail sales, and ability to attract employees.
Città sostenibili (Italy) A project aimed at city improvements for children. Sponsored by the Italian Ministry of the Environment.
Ciudad Humana (Colombia) es una Fundación sin ánimo de lucro que promueve la construcción participativa de ciudades sostenibles donde el centro de reflexión y acción sea lo humano.
Clean Air Campaign (USA) The mission is to motivate Georgians to take action to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. To accomplish this mission, The Clean Air Campaign offers a variety of voluntary programs and services, including free employer assistance, public information and children's education. We focus on both congestion and air quality because they are linked - vehicle emissions contribute to smog formation.
Clean Air-Cool Planet (USA) creates partnerships in the Northeast to implement solutions to climate change and build constituencies for effective climate policies and actions.
Clean Air Initiative (USA) This World Bank international partnership project advances innovative ways to improve air quality in cities by sharing knowledge and experiences through partnerships in selected regions of the world
Clean Air Initiative (USA) This World Bank international partnership project advances innovative ways to improve air quality in cities by sharing knowledge and experiences through partnerships in selected regions of the world
Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities The CAI-Asia. promotes and demonstrates innovative ways to improve the air quality of Asian cities through partnerships and sharing experiences. Secretariat: The World Bank & Asian Development Bank
Clear Zones (UK) The overall aim of is to reduce pollution and traffic in towns and enhance manufacturing end export opportunities by developing relevant technology and techniques through partnerships between cities, industry, academia and Government
Clickmobility.it (Italy) è il portale italiano della Mobilità e del Trasporto Passeggeri, un portale verticale di tipo "business-to-business" finalizzato a fornire informazioni ad alto valore aggiunto, promuovere prodotti e servizi specialistici ed offrire servizi di consulenza on-line "profilati" sui diversi segmenti di una comunità virtuale composta dai principali operatori di questo settore.
Climate Alliance (Germany) -- an association of European cities and municipalities that have entered into a partnership with indigenous rainforest peoples. This worldwide alliance is united by a common concern for the world's climate. Our climate protection contributions build upon commitment and diversity at the local level. We view our initiative as a part of efforts towards sustainable development and North-South equity.
The Climate Ark The ClimateArk is a Climate Change Portal and Search Engine dedicated to promoting public policy that addresses global climate change through reductions in carbon dioxide and other emissions, renewable energy, energy conservation and ending deforestation.
Climate Care offers organisations and individuals a way to reduce their impact on global warming. It sells carbon offsets on the one hand while funding and managing projects on the other. Climate Care Trust was formed in 1998 as a company limited by guarantee. It does not have shareholders as its primary aim is to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
Climate Care Calculator - 2 Clean up your CO2 emissions quickly and efficiently, just by using one or more of our Carbon Calculators: Car & Home Calculator; Air Travel Calculator; and Fixed Offset Options where you'll find an offset to fit every pocket.
The climate change working group addresses one of the most crucial environmental issues facing humanity. Since the late 1980's there has been increasing international recognition among scientists and governments alike that human activities are now significantly affecting global climate. But it is one of the most highly political issues, because its challenges affect our consumption of energy, our mobility and our land use, three things which strike deep into both macroeconomic realities and personal lifestyles.
Climate Change Knowledge Network -brings together expertise, experience and perspectives from research institutes in developing and developed countries active in the area of climate change. It provides a forum for rigorous research on the issues within the international climate change structure and a means for furthering dialogue between countries as they undertake efforts to address climate change.
The Climate Group (UK) - a non-profit organisation working to harvest this knowledge. For the first time, the pioneering experience of corporations, governments and financiers across the globe will be captured, analysed and made available for others to learn from. By mobilising a global, solutions-oriented reducers' movement, The Climate Group will turn threats into opportunities, and degrees into zeroes.
Climate India (India) - The aim of WSD, which is based on the principle of conscious and responsible participation of women, is to implement relevant development programmes.
Climate Institute (USA) - has been in a unique position to inform key decision-makers, heighten international awareness of climate change, and identify practical ways of achieving significant emissions reductions.
Climate Trust (USA) The Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit start-up originally formed in 1997 as Oregon Climate Trust. Our mission is to promote climate change solutions by providing high quality greenhouse gas offset projects and advancing sound offset policy.
Club des villes cyclables (France) Le Club des villes cyclables, créé en 1989 par 10 villes pionnières, regroupe aujourd'hui plus de 550 communes représentant 14 millions d'habitants. Il est devenu, au fil des ans, un acteur majeur en matière de politiques et de réalisations cyclables.
Coke Challenge Campaign (Canada) On this website, you'll learn how Coca-Cola can keep its cool without cooking the planet and how, under pressure from thousands of individuals worldwide, it changed its global refrigeration policy. Then you can join in a global campaign to ensure the "real thing" implements its new policy.
Common Assets (USA) brings local, regional and national movements together to activate the American public to defend the commons from misuse, privatization and destruction. Common assets are the invaluable assets we inherit as a community, rather than as individuals. Some are physical, others are social and human-made. They include the atmosphere, oceans and rivers, the electromagnetic spectrum, our democratic political system, roads and parking spaces, landscapes and soundscapes, wilderness and wild animals, our monetary and financial systems, our store of scientific knowledge, our languages and cultures, the Internet and many more. In most cases, no one is managing these assets on behalf of future generations.
The Commons (France) A shared public space on the Internet, providing a wide open, world-wide, non-government forum with working tools and assembly areas for people and groups concerned with improving our understanding and control of technology as it impacts on people in their daily lives. The bottom line: sustainable development and social justice. Without the wait!
Common Ground (Canada) Common Ground is an independent publication, 100% Canadian owned. It is Western Canada's biggest and best-loved monthly magazine dedicated to health, wellness, ecology and personal growth.
Concord Consortium (USA) a nonprofit educational research and development organization based in Concord, Massachusetts. We create interactive materials that exploit the power of information technologies. Our primary goal in all our work is digital equity -- improving learning opportunities for all students.
Co-op America (USA) Our mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
Copenhagen Consensus (Denmark) - The Copenhagen Consensus is a problematical brainstorming exercise posing some of the world's leading economists questions about sustainable development priorities in a world of limited resources. We invite you to check it out, follow some of the more critical discussions that are paralleling it, and pitch in here with your views.
Copenhagen X (Denmark)- partnership between the city of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Municipality and the Realdania Foundation, will arrange the mobile workshops
using the city as case-study.
Cordis - Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (Europe) - focuses directly on a number of pressing environmental and energy concerns. In a sustainable development perspective, we must address the quality and sustainability of our use of natural resources and ecosystems, threats of global change, quality of life in our cities, and the impact of the production and use of the energy which is essential to our economies and to our way of life, and also centrally important in environmental problems, notably climate change.
Corporate Europe Observatory (Netherlands ) (CEO), is a European-based research and campaign group targeting the threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment posed by the economic and political power of corporations and their lobby groups.
Council of European Municipalities (Belgium)
- founded in Geneva in 1951 by a group of European mayors; later, it opened its ranks to the regions and became the Council of European Municipalities and Regions. Today, it is the largest organisation of local and regional government in Europe; its members are national associations of towns, municipalities and regions from over 30 countries.
Counterpart International (USA) is a non-profit international human development organization founded in 1965 as the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific. We are headquartered in Washington D.C. and work in more than 60 countries. Counterpart works around the world with local non-government organizations (NGOs) to support the development of civil and democratic societies.
A monthly bicycle ride to take back the streets. It began in San Francisco in 1992, and quickly spread to cities all over the world. The ".org" domain notwithstanding, Critical Mass is not an organization, it's an unorganized coincidence. It's a movement ... of bicycles, in the streets. Accordingly, this isn't the official Critical Mass web page, because there is no official Critical Mass web page. There are, however, a bunch of unofficial web pages which you can find here.
Culture Change/Sustainable Energy Institute Sustainable Energy Institute was established in Washington, D.C. as a "global warming center" according to the press. Our projects function as alternatives to petroleum dependence.
Demos is a greenhouse for new ideas which can improve the quality of our lives. As an independent think-tank, our aim is to create an open resource of knowledge and learning that operates beyond traditional parties, identities and disciplines.
Detour Publications Looking for the latest, greatest and classic information on sustainable transportation, urban ecology, transit, walking, cycling, green cities, green tourism, moving goods, trains, car use reduction, telecommuting, and land use planning? Are you a planner, activist, educator, consultant, developer, policy maker or simply interested in what makes our cities tick? You've travelled to the right place!
-- covers a broad array of development issues. And these issues are complex, requiring sophisticated,
Development Gateway Foundation (UN) - an enabler of development. We help improve people's lives in developing countries by building partnerships and information systems that provide access to knowledge for development. We exploit powerful and affordable information and communication technologies (ICT) that were previously unavailable.
Disability Awareness in Action(UK) - an international human rights network, run for and by disabled people. The DAA web site is just one way in which we pass information and news to disabled people - and our representative organisations - around the world. DAA’s efforts are particularly focused on people in developing countries.
The Dominion (Canada) "Canada's Grassroots National Newspaper" - a bi-weekly Canadian newspaper with a national focus, published in print and online. Our focus is on stories or issues that are marginalized, spun, or ignored by the mainstream press. We also hope to provide a venue where fundamental questions can be asked about Canadian institutions, policies, and events--the questions to which answers are often assumed to be obvious.
Doors of Perception (Netherlands) Doors is an international conference and knowledge network which sets new agendas for design - in particular, the design agenda for information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (USA)
Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are the first global indexes tracking the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide.
Dow Jones Sustainability Investment (USA) Increasingly, investors are diversifying their portfolios by investing in companies that set industry-wide best practices with regard to sustainability. The DJSI components are selected by a systematic corporate sustainability assessment and include only the leading sustainability companies' worldwide. The DJSI therefore provide a bridge between companies implementing sustainability principles and investors wishing to profit from their superior performance and favourable risk/return profiles.
DRT Bus (UK) Demand responsive transport (drt) is a new approach to improving public transport and this site is dedicated to raising awareness and exchanging information from schemes across the world.
Dubai International Best Practices Awards (Dubai) The Municipality of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), are pleased to invite you to submit your 'Best Practice' for the 2004 Dubai International Award.
Dutch Waste Solution (Netherlands) DWS offers a total, turn-key solution for the handling of waste. An international concept covering (controlling) the entire waste chain: From (separated) waste collection via transferring of the waste to the management of controlled landfill sites, including leach water
Earth Charter Initiative (Costa Rica) -
Promotes an ethical commitment to sustainable development, democracy, peace and non-violence, community development, etc. "The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all peoples a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family and the larger living world. It is an expression of hope and a call to help create a global partnership at a critical juncture in history."
Earth Council Institute (Costa Rica) - international non-governmental organization (NGO) that was created in September 1992 to promote and advance the implementation of the Earth Summit agreements. It is led by a body of 18 Members, drawn from the world's political, business, scientific and non-governmental communities.
Earth Day Network (USA) an alliance of 5,000 groups in 184 countries working to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, just, sustainable world.
Earth Institute at Columbia University (USA) - brings together talent from throughout the University to address complex issues facing the planet and its inhabitants, with particular focus on sustainable development and the needs of the world's poor. Motivated by the belief that science and technological tools already exist, and could be expanded, to greatly improve conditions for the world's poor while preserving the natural systems that support life on Earth.
Earth Island Institute (USA) EII founded in 1982 by veteran environmentalist David Brower, fosters the efforts of creative individuals by providing organizational support in developing projects for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the global environment. EII provides activists the freedom to develop program ideas, supported by services to help them pursue those ideas, with a minimum of bureaucracy
Earth Rights Institute is dedicated to securing a culture of peace and justice by establishing dynamic worldwide networks of persons of goodwill and special skill, promoting policies and programs which further democratic rights to common heritage resources, and building ecological communities.
Earth Policy Institute "dedicated to providing a vision of an environmentally sustainable economy-an eco-economy-as well as a roadmap of how to get from here to there."
EarthVoice (USA) Mission:
To work with others to create a humane society by protecting animals and ecosystems, fostering sustainable development, and instilling earth ethics.
Earthworks (USA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development, in the U.S. and worldwide. We fulfill our mission by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption.
EarthTrends: Environmental information portal, offers a searchable database, maps, country profiles, text and graphics "features" pieces, and pre-formatted datatables.
EarthNews Radio Syndicated radio program focusing on science and the environment. Requires Media Player
Earthwire News service (UK) EarthWire is updated every day with environmental news from newspapers in the United Kingdom. By UNEP/GRID-Arendal and the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.
Earthscan (UK) Leading publisher of books on the environment and sustainable development
Ecological Footprint (USA) Sustainability means achieving satisfying lives for all within the means of nature - now and in the future.
The extent to which we're using more than nature can provide can be measured with the Ecological Footprint. This information points us to actions that can address fundamental sustainability concerns, and it gives us a way to measure our progress. Check it out and see how you are doing. Happy?
Education for Democracy Foundation (Poland)) - established at end of the 1980-s as a cooperative effort between Polish and American pro-democratic educators. An independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, the FED promotes the dissemination of knowledge concerning democracy and a free market economy as well as provide skills for civic activity in a democratic state. The Foundation's initial task is granting assistance in this field to educators and activists of non-governmental, trade union, youth and local governmental organizations in Poland and other countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.
E/The Environmental Magazine (USA) - is a bimonthly "clearinghouse" of information, news and resources for people concerned about the environment who want to know "What can I do?" to make a difference
- acts as a catalyst for socially, financially, and environmentally sound solutions to the problems of urban mobility.
Encyclopedia of Sustainable Development (UK): - written by the Atmosphere, Climate & Environment Information Progamme, and is supported by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. The Encyclopedia is a one-stop source of information on sustainable development. Information contained within the Encyclopedia's topics is suitable for GSCE students and higher.
An Economy for Giving Everything Away (Lithuania) How might an independent thinker work on personal projects they share with others for free, while building relationships towards work for pay? We explore what the the command to "give everything away" can mean for an individual, a business, and an economy. We draw conclusions from six markets for open source software. We further illustrate the idea that wealth is relationships with anecdotal evidence from the Minciu Sodas laboratory. We conclude with a proposal for how a corporation might invest in business ecosystems to harness this wealth of relationships in high uncertainty.
EcoWorld an information resource on nature and clean technology. Providers of earth-friendly products and services who seek an eco-conscious audience of consumers and green business people are encouraged to consider www.EcoWorld.com as a venue for their online advertising messages.
ELTIS Info Service - an initiative of the European Commission's Directorate General for Energy and Transport, Clean Transport Unit. The project is led by an international team of transport related organisations.The aim of ELTIS is to provide information and support a practical transfer of knowledge and exchange of experience in the field of urban and regional transport in Europe.
With over 110 members in 21 countries and representing close to 300 towns and cities, Energie-Cités is the association of European local authorities for promotion of local sustainable energy policies.
EnergySmart Schools (USA) -helps K-12 schools develop energy education programs and save energy and dollars through energy efficiency. It is working with school districts to introduce energy-saving improvements to the physical environment, taking a proactive role.
Engineers for a Sustainable World (USA) -- a nonprofit organization with a network of more than 3000 professionals and students working to reduce poverty and improve global sustainability. Every day, people around the world struggle to gain access to clean water, food and shelter for their children, and an education to build a better future. We believe that engineers can be a part of the solution.
envolve - Partners for Sustainability (UK) - work with schools, community groups, youth groups, businesses and individuals to:
a) Bring environmental issues to life and make them relevant and meaningful;
b) Demonstrate the power of individual action - together we can make a difference;
c) Benefit both the environment and the community through recycling, energy saving, conservation etc.
d) Provide practical support for local groups to help them address environmental, social and economic issues in sustainable ways.
ENS - Environmental News Service Welcome to World-Wire, the cutting-edge wire service that instantly delivers environmental and sustainable development press releases to news media anywhere in the world. (Commerical service: Rates - A 500-word press release $295,each additional 100 words $75.)
L'Entreprise et la Cité (France) La Fondation d'entreprise VINCI pour la Cité a pour ambition de mettre en place des passerelles entre le monde du travail et le monde associatif, entre le monde de l'entreprise et celui de la cité
Environics Research Group (Canada) The company's early beginnings were focused on public opinion polling providing important constituent information to government bodies so that they could effectively develop programs to meet their needs. In the early 1980's, Environics moved to more comprehensive coverage of issues oriented toward the private sector.
Environmental Data Services "The original daily international wire service of the environment. Established in 1990. ENS contributors around the world cover issues and events that affect the environment such as: legislation, politics, conferences, lawsuits, international agreements, demonstrations, science and technology, public health, air quality, drinking water, oceans and marine life, land use, wildlife, forests, natural disasters, the indoor environment, hazardous materials, toxics, nuclear issues, renewable energy, recycling, transportation, and environmental economics.
Environmental Health News (USA) -- published daily by Environmental Health Sciences, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 to help increase public understanding of emerging scientific links between environmental exposures and human health
Environmental Sustainability Index(USA) -- is a measure of overall progress towards environmental sustainability, developed for 142 countries. The ESI scores are based upon a set of 20 core "indicators," each of which combines two to eight variables for a total of 68 underlying variables. The ESI permits cross-national comparisons of environmental progress in a systematic and quantitative fashion. It represents a first step towards a more analytically driven approach to environmental decisionmaking
Environmental Transportation Association "We will never be without cars but we can use them more sensibly as part of a sustainable transport system for Britain, something we can all be a part of. This is the vision of the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) .We are trying to address what can be done to reverse the congestion and pollution trends and we campaign and lobby government directly on these issues. We are also the only alternative motoring organisation and offers a comprehensive range of breakdown and insurance services. "
ERTICO (Belgium) : - Europe-wide, not-for-profit, public/private partnership for the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS). Set up in 1991 at the initiative of the European Commission as well as key members of European ITS industry and national governments, ERTICO is open to any European organisation or international organisation operating substantially in Europe
Estonian Green Movement- FoE (Estonia) : Estonian Green Movement-FoE is a non-governmental, non-profit environmental organisation. It was founded in 1988, becoming one of the first environmental NGOs in Estonia that started to deal with wide range of environment and development issues. As a result of the successful campaign, Estonian Green Movement-FoE rapidly developed into a nationwide grassroots organisation. Subsequently, Estonian Green Movement-FoE earned credit as a leader in the Estonian independence movement. In its activities the Estonian Green Movement-FoE is backed by nation-wide active network of some 600 individual members.
European Awards for the Environment - The Management Award for Sustainable Developement (EU) designed to recognise and promote, as an example to others, organisations which make an outstanding contribution to sustainable development. They aim to highlight policies, practices, processes and products from all sectors of business in the European Union which help achieve 'economic and social development without detriment to the environment and natural resources upon the quality of which continued human activity and further development depend'.
European Cyclists' Federation Promote and encourage cycling in the countries of Europe as an economic, efficient, healthy and environmentally friendly means of transport and recreation. The ECF shall act as a federation of member groups throughout Europe.
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (T&E) - carries out research and development projects, to provide data and analysis for informing and supporting the formulation of EU policy on working and living conditions. The Foundation has a network of experts throughout Europe who conduct research on its behalf including assessing the current national situations, the preparation of case studies and national reports and the conducting of surveys.
European Mobility Week - represents a platform for local authorities as well as organisations and associations from all over Europe to:
promote their existing policies, initiatives and best practices on sustainable urban mobility;
launch new policies and initiatives; emphasise the local commitment towards sustainable urban transport policies.
EPOMM - European Platform for Mobility Management (Europe). Provides a forum for all those interested in Mobility Management: representatives from EU member governments, local and regional authorities, researchers, major employers, transport operators and other user groups
European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy - eceee (Sweden, France) The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy - eceee - is an independent, membership-based, non-profit association founded in 1993. Its goal is to stimulate energy efficiency through information exchange and pan-European co-operation. The members consist of policy makers, energy practitioners, NGO representatives and researchers involved in the study or promotion of energy efficiency. eceee is active in a number of capacities to achieve its aims:
European Union Car-Free Day (Belgium) "In town without my car!" - centred on three types of measures, designed to:
- encourage the use of alternative forms of transport and travel other than private cars,
- raise awareness and inform city-dwellers of what is at stake so far as concerns long-term mobility in towns and the risks connected with pollution,
- show the town in another light thanks in particular to reduced motorised traffic within restricted areas.
EU Transport News We do not cover all EU news, but select topics. Depth is differentiated according to upcoming EU policy decisions and to EU Actors interest. We follow topics over time, provide reliable databases and interfaces. The Guide is as complete as feasible. News are updated every weekday before 9 am.
Factor of Four Project (Germany) - best practices at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Portal is a communication platform linking producers, experts and the interested public in an effort to enhance the quality of solutions. Factor Four Research Desk calls for dissemination of eco-efficient products and services.
Factory Farm Project (USA)
The GRACE Factory Farm Project (GFFP) works to create a sustainable food production system that is healthful and humane, economically viable, and environmentally sound. When invited by regional or grassroots groups, the GFFP helps rural communities, family ranchers and farmers around the country oppose the spread of new factory farms, and close down existing operations that adversely affect the health and well-being of communities.
- Feasta aims to identify the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required for this purpose.
Finnish Technology Award Foundation (Finland) The mission of the foundation is to promote scientific research geared towards the improvement of the quality of life through technological innovation and to encourage co-operation in the field both in Finland and internationally.
Fistera (Spain) Thematic Network on Foresight on Information Society Technologies in the European Research Area
Forum for the future (UK) Founded in 1996 by three of the UK's leading advocates of sustainable development - Jonathon Porritt, Sara Parkin and Paul Ekins - out of a conviction that many of the solutions needed to defuse the environmental crisis, and to build a more sustainable society, are already to hand.
Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainability (USA) - Harvard Univesity program, seeks to facilitate information exchange and discussion among the growing and diverse group of individuals, institutions, and networks engaged in the field of science and technology for sustainability. It seeks to provide access to emerging ideas, relevant activities, key documents and web sites.
Foundation for the Economics for Sustainability (Ireland)
(FEASTA) - active and exciting programme to identify the characteristics (economic, cultural and environmental) of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required. Irish and international focus.
The Forthright Alliance (UK) -- an umbrella group of national and local heritage, wildlife and environment groups. Members of the Alliance includes The Cockburn Association, Friends of the Earth Scotland and TRANSform Scotland.
Friends of the Earth: Europe - Climate change (Europe ) Climate change could trigger an unprecedented global economic, social and environmental disaster. FoEE campaigns against Europe's "Carbon Dinosaurs" who perpetuate our dependence on fossil fuels, prevent effective action on climate change and block our way to a sustainable future of renewable energies, increased energy efficiency and a reduction in total energy demand.
Friends of the Earth International (Netherlands) Friends of the Earth International is a federation of autonomous environmental organizations from all over the world. Our members, in 68 countries, campaign on the most urgent environmental and social issues of our day, while simultaneously catalyzing a shift toward sustainable societies.
Friends of Europe (Belgium) - a Brussels-based think tank without national or political bias that promotes discussion, research and new thinking of European policy issues.
Fundación Ciudad Humana/ Humane City Foundation (Colombia) - a nongovernmental organization looking forward to promoting urban sustainability. The projects it has developed include bikeway promotion campaigns, physical activity diagnostics and promotion and currently a school mobility project and an urban mobility observatory. It has been funded by the municipality of Bogotá and the World Bank, among others.
La fundación: Por el país que queremos (Colombia) - entidad sin ánimo de lucro, que trabaja a nivel nacional e internacional para promover la creación de modelos de desarrollo ajustados a las condiciones y necesidades de cada ciudad. Dentro de los propósitos de la Fundación se encuentra el promover ciudades más amables en lo ambiental, sostenibles en lo social y que mejoren significativamente la calidad de vida de los habitantes de las ciudades en desarrollo, ofreciéndoles oportunidades para el mejoramiento de su potencial humano en todos los aspectos.
Fundación Cultura de Paz, (Spain) The Culture of Peace is a set of values, attitudes and modes of behavior that reflect respect for life, human beings and human dignity. It gives top priority to human rights, rejection of any form of violence, and adherence to the principles of freedom, justice, solidarity and tolerance, as well as understanding among nations, groups and people.
Future Forests (UK) On this site you can 'neutralise' the contribution you or your business makes to global warming. Future Forests is a UK-based company with a global vision: to protect the earth's climate.
GART (France) Association d'élus, le GART regroupe 246 autorités organisatrices de transport (agglomérations, départements et régions). Son objectif : l'amélioration des déplacements et le développement des transports publics en France.
Gateway to International Best Practices and Innovations (USA) - a gateway to information and resources on innovative environmental projects and programs from around the world. In responding to complex environmental challenges, many member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have devised innovative and often highly successful solutions. As U.S. states and cities seek out new approaches to urban sprawl, non-point source pollution, brownfields, and degraded water infrastructure, they often look to the experiences of other countries as a source of inspiration and to integrate international lessons learned. These exchanges have resulted in innovative initiatives with environmental and economic benefits at the state and local level.
Gender Center for Sustainable Development
(Mongolia) The mission of GCSD is to conduct wide-scope research and gender-centered analysis; to found an information data-base; to support human development and gender studies in Mongolia and to recommend the most effective approaches for the development of the country.
Global Cities Dialogue (France) - a worldwide network of cities interested in creating an information society free of digital divide and based on sustainable development. As cities are subject to changes caused by the transformation to an information society, they are an ideal place for actions reinforcing democracy through the use of new technologies.
Global Commons Institute (UK) GCI was founded in 1990 after the Second World Climate Conference. Since that time GCI has contributed to the work of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Global Development Research Center (Japan)
GDRC is a virtual organization that carries out initiatives in education, research and practice, in the spheres of environment, urban, community, economy and information, and at scales that are effective. Its Urban Environmental Management programme also covers issues related to Sustainable Transportation
Global Environment & Technology Foundation (USA), We are making a difference by promoting the development and use of innovative technology to achieve sustainable development. For more than fifteen years, GETF has brought industry, government and communities together to address environmental challenges with innovative solutions.
Global Environment Facility (USA), The GEF, established in 1991, helps developing countries fund projects and programs that protect the global environment. GEF grants support projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.
Global Footprint Network (USA), - supports a sustainable economy by promoting the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability measurable. We coordinate research and develop methodological standards so that decision makers have robust resource accounts to ensure that we live within the Earth's budget.
Global Junior Challenge The Global Junior Challenge is a global award promoted by the Digital Youth Consortium, a non-profit organization founded by the Municipality of Rome and six major ICT companies. The intention of the award, dedicated to young people and to schools, is to identify and reward best practices on the use of new technologies in education and training of youngsters.
Global to Local (UK) -l is a leading sustainable development consultancy.We work with Government agencies, local authorities and companies to help them meet the challenge of sustainability.Although our main work is in the UK, increasingly we are involved in projects across the European Union and beyond. We operate in five languages, and have a network of European partners with whom we work to identify fresh ideas and concepts to bring to the attention of our clients.
GIVE -Globally Integrated Village Environment - aims to understand and participate in the creation of an augmented human habitat that is characterized by smaller and more sustainable settlements, embedded in their landscapes and in informational /telematic networks of support.
Global Villages Wiki (Austria, Lithuania) an investigatorium is a place where we discover the world by sharing thoughts and experiences. 99% and more of what we know stems out of experiences and thoughts of other people. Today we are flooded with ideas and theories but hardly have the time to discuss them. The investigatorium is a place, where an investigatorius maintains a process of sharing and discussion into the further exploration of a subject.
Go for Green (Canada) the Active Living and Environment Program, is a national non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to encourage outdoor physical activity that protects, enhances or restores the environment. Go for Green has community-driven solutions that make a positive contribution to Canadian society.
Grassroots Journal) (USA)-- the weblog of Grassroots International. As an independent human rights, social justice and alternative development organization, GRI interacts with the world in a number of different ways. This journal is an attempt to share some of the things we learn from the people we meet and work with, and to open new paths of communication about the kind of work that we do.
Green Atlas (Canada) - an adaptable framework for charting nature and culture in hometown environments. Since 1995, we have:
o helped citizens of all ages identify, promote and link their communities' ecological and cultural resources
o built inclusive networks that extend civic participation and accelerate progress toward sustainability
o promoted model greening efforts underway across the globe
o used the info-web in service of the web-of-life
Green Car Congress(USA) Every Sunday, Green Car Congress' Mike Millikin gives us an update on the week's sustainable mobility news, looking at the ongoing evolution of technologies, issues and policies for sustainable mobility.
Green Consumer Guide - Transport (UK) Motor vehicles have significant negative environmental impact for a number of reasons, namely exhaust pollution, fuel consumption and noise levels. In order to reverse, or at least stem the effects of motoring on the environment, there are certain procedures which can be carried out.
GreenBiz.com works to harness the power of technology to bring environmental information, resources, and tools to the mainstream business community. Its principal mission is: "To provide clear, concise, accurate, and balanced information, resources, and learning opportunities to help companies of all sizes and sectors integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in a manner that combines ecological sustainability with profitable business practices."
Green Futures (UK) "is the UK's leading magazine for environmental solutions and sustainable futures. Provides a snapshot of the latest sustainability news and opinion, along with practical examples of solutions - everything from energy and transport to forests and wildlife, from ethical investment and sustainable business to green products and the future of cities."
Green Grants Our grants fund grassroots action in some of the world's most despoiled and impoverished places. Grassroots groups are key to solving intractable problems and halting cycles of poverty, powerlessness and environmental destruction. Our grants offer hope and tap the energy of communities where other sources of support are unavailable.
Green Map System (USA) The mission is to strengthen the community's awareness of and connection to the urban ecology through locally-created visual representations of hometown environments. Mixing the ancient art of map-making with new, interactive media, citizens of all ages and backgrounds are invited to adapt and employ our global iconography and collaborative tools as they chart the green places, environmental resources and socially-significant sites in their own cities.
GreenNet GreenNet supports a progressive community working for Peace, the Environment, Gender Equality and Social Justice, through the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).
Grameen Bank (Bangladesh) Grameen Bank (GB) has reversed conventional banking practice by removing the need for collateral and created a banking system based on mutual trust, accountability, participation and creativity. GB provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh, without any collateral.
Gröna Bilister - Swedish Association of Green Motorists -(Sweden) Founded in 1994. It is a small non-governmental organisation (1 000 members) and based very much on voluntary work. The aim is to make road transport more friendly to the environment and to promote public transport and bicycling as alternatives, particularly in urban areas.
Our work is international cooperation for sustainable development. We operate worldwide. GTZ provides viable, forward-looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world. We support complex reforms and change processes. All our activities are geared to improving people’s living conditions and prospects on a sustainable basis.
Handicap International (UK) - 'helping people with disabilities regardless of their cause or nature, both in the national territory and in every corner of the globe'. The organisation is one of the leading NGOs working in this field in 55 countries. As a co-founder of the International Campaign to Ban Anti-personnel Landmines, Handicap International was co-winner of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.
Healthy Cities and urban governance project (WHO)
The WHO Healthy Cities approach gives such comprehensive policy and planning solutions to urban health problems. Healthy Cities engages local governments in health development, through a process of political commitment, institutional changes and capacity building and partnership-based plans and concrete actions
Home Zones A home zone is a street or group of streets designed primarily to meet the interests of pedestrians and cyclists rather than motorists, opening up the street for social use. The key to creating a home zone is to develop street design that makes drivers feel it is normal to drive slowly and carefully. Features often include traffic calming, shared surfaces, trees and planters, benches and play areas. Developed by the Children's Play Council, UK.
I Walk to School International Walk to School Day gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking. In 2003, approximately 3 million walkers from 29 countries walked to school together for various reasons - all hoping to create communities that are safe places to walk.
Indevelopment (Netherlands, Thailand) Indevelopment provides consultancy services and publications about development planning, infrastructure development, industry development and institutional development. The (free) publications describe common best practices and their application in developing countries. Through its consultancy services, INDEVELOPMENT assists governments, donor organisations and other clients with adapting these international best practices to local demands and capacities. It engineers solutions for problems for which ready-made answers are not available.
I-CE: Interface for Cycling expertise (Netherlands) I-ce is an expertise centre with the aim to support capacity building for planning and design of cycling facilities in an urban policy context. I-ce delivers expertise to governments, expert organisations and lobby groups. I-ce facilitates the exchange of experiences and expertise and makes these applicable in a wide different context.
IBF - International Bicycle Fund - IBF promotes bicycle and other aspects of non-motorized transportation worldwide, with a particular interest in Africa. Areas of activities include: urban planning, transportation planning, rural mobility, mobility for women, economic development, road safety education, human settlement and quality of life, personal health, environmental quality, energy conservation and responsible tourism.
Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) is a campaign of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). The CCP is a performance-oriented campaign that offers a framework for local governments to develop a strategic agenda to reduce global warming and air pollution emissions, with the benefit of improving community livability. Five hundred local governments are participating the Campaign, representing 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the numbers are growing.
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (Canada) - an international association of local governments implementing sustainable development. Its mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions.
ICLEI in Europe (Germany) - On this website you will find information that concerns in particular the work undertaken by ICLEI in Europe and by its European members, as well as direct access to our online European information and projects.
ICLEI Project Summaries - Transport project summaries listed in which are abstracts of ICLEI Case Studies, full versions can be ordered on-line. (LI 1) indicates project summaries from ICLEI's Local Initiatives 1 publication which can also be ordered on-line.
ICS - Iniziativa Car Sharing (Italy): Car Sharing was identified by the Italian Ministry of Environment in 1998 as one of the measures contained in a package of strategic interventions to improve the environmental sustainability of mobility. ICS has the job of aiding the Municipalities and the Car Sharing service operators they have selected during the instruction, planning and setting up stages of the service.
IDEA (Sweden) IDEA, an intergovernmental organization with member states across all continents, seeks to support sustainable democracy in both new and long-established democracies. IDEA draws on comparative experience, analyses democracy trends and assistance, and develops policy options, tools and guidelines
IEA Information Centre (France): - acts as a permanent secretariat to the Member countries, monitors the energy markets, organises the response to emergency situations and keeps energy and environmental policies and practices under constant review to encourage the use of best practices among Members and beyond. IEA promotes rational energy policies in a global context through co-operative relations and dialogue with non-Member countries, including major energy producers and consumers, and operates a permanent information system on the international energy market.
Illich Archives - on Society and Technology One of the most radical and profound political and social thinkers in the second half of the twentieth century. His aim is to analyze the institutional structures of industrialized society and to provide both rigorous criticism and a set of alternative concepts.
The Independent Living Institute (Sweden) offers resources for persons with extensive disabilities and develops consumer-driven policies for self-determination, self-respect and dignity. We run a virtual library, interactive services, feasibility studies and projects. We are experts in designing and implementing direct payment schemes for users’ self-determination and quality of life in the areas of personal assistance, mainstream taxi and assistive technology.
Independent Media Center (Canada) Indymedia is a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of the truth. We work out of a love and inspiration for people who continue to work for a better world, despite corporate media's distortions and unwillingness to cover the efforts to free humanity.
INFORM, Inc. (USA) - an independent research organization that examines the effects of business practices on the environment and on human health. Our goal is to identify ways of doing business that ensure environmentally sustainable economic growth. Our reports are used by government, industry, and environmental leaders around the world.
Information for Action (Australia) - website explains the environmental problems and offers solutions to fix them and includes an automated lobbying service. Some of the issues covered include: air pollution, biodiversity, cars, chemicals, conservation, consumerism, energy, fish, food, forests, genetic engineering, greenhouse, green taxes, human health, land pollution, lobbying, toxicology, oceans, pesticides, population growth, radiation, nuclear power, sustainable living, transport, urbanisation, waste, and water pollution.
Innovative Mobility Research (USA) IMR is based at the California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT) and is closely affiliated with California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH).
Infoshop.org (USA) "One of the oldest and most respected political websites. Infoshop.org is committed to promoting and featuring all aspects of contemporary anarchism and anti-authoritarianism. We support the development of critical-thinking skills, so we'll err on the side of posting a bad article if it is relevant to a current discussion within anarchism. Infoshop.org is an ecumenical place for anarchists, one that doesn't take sides, whenever possible. We provide a wealth of alternative news and information that often can't be found elsewhere on the Internet."
IGC - Institute for Global Communications (USA)
Beginning in 1987, played a formative role in bringing advanced communications technologies to grassroots organizations worldwide working for peace, human rights, environmental sustainability, women's rights, conflict resolution and worker rights. In partnership with six international organizations, IGC co-founded the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in 1990. APC is an international coalition of progressive computer networks and to date includes 25 wholly autonomous but affiliated members and 40 partners.
The Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation, whose main target of activity is implementation and dissemination of the sustainable development concept in Poland.
- serves clients who share the belief that sustainable development is possible and can be done in ways attractive for citizens and companies all over the world. Their own products and services already score "above average" and they know that they can do much better. But not alone... It is well known that sustainable innovation requires a combination of inventions and product development, butabove all a sufficient market demand for the 'clean and social' sales catalogues.
Internet Archive The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.
Intransnet (Europe) , a network of excellence of transport research laboratories in Europe funded within the 5th framework RTD programme of the EU. The intention of the project is to create an information-communication system covering various kinds of information from the field of transport. This can be named as creation of interactive information-communications retrieval service.
INSnet seeks to create awareness by offering access to news, opinions and information sources related to the broad field of sustainable development.
Institute for Environment and Sustainability (Italy) -
(IES) is one of the institutes that constitute the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. In line with the JRC mission, the aim of IES is to provide scientific and technical support to European Union strategies for the protection of the environment contributing to a sustainable development. IES works in close collaboration with official laboratories, research centres and industries of the EU's Member States, creating a bridge between the EU's policies and the European citizen. Paul Saffo leads this smart and influential think-tank to do with business and technological trends of the future for the purposes of planning and strategy.
Institute for European Environmental Policy (UK) IEE) is a leading centre for the analysis and development of environmental and related policies in Europe. An independent, not for profit organisation, the Institute has offices in London and Brussels. IEEP brings a non-partisan analytical perspective to policy questions, engaging in both pressing short-term questions and long-term strategic studies.
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (Japan): (IGES) is an independent, not for profit think tank, based in Japan, that goes beyond research to provide practical ways to protect the earth's environment and to realize greater sustainability and equity in the global community. While the outlook of IGES is global, the principal geographical scope of its activities is Asia and the Pacific region, an area which is experiencing rapid economic development and which will affect the global environment through its population growth, urban environmental problems and other environmental issues. The IGES mission is to move human society to become more environmentally and socio-economically sustainable.
Institute for the Study of Civic Values (USA): we work in neighborhoods and communities to help people, "establish justice, secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, and promote the general welfare."
We fight to extend economic opportunity to every American, fulfilling the promise of 'liberty and justice for all.'
Above all, we work to strengthen democracy by building grassroots movements to insure "the consent of the governed" through active citizen participation at all levels of government.
Institute for Sustainable Futures (Australia):
a research institute associated with the University of Technology, Sydney with programs in the areas of building and design, consumption and waste management, energy and greenhouse reduction, sustainability and social issues, transport, and sustainable urban water.
IPPUC - Instituto de Pesquisa e Planejamento de Curitiba (Brazil) The Curitiba Urban Research and Planning Institute's mission is to coordinate the city's urban planning and monitoring process, conducting sustainable development through compatible actions between the city and its metropolitan area. This permanent alertness, combined with the awareness that the city is a living organism, constantly changing, ensures Curitiba's harmonious planning process even in adverse economic and political scenarios.
Inter-Environnement Wallonie (Belgium) Créée en 1974 sous forme d'une asbl par une dizaine d'associations d'environnement, la fédération en réunit aujourd'hui plus de 130, actives dans les domaines les plus divers: conservation de la nature, aménagement du territoire, pollutions industrielles, agriculture, transports, patrimoine, éducation,...
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Switzerland) The IPCC has been established by
WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation.
International Bicycle Fund (USA)
A non-governmental, nonprofit, advocacy organization, promoting sustainable transport and international understanding. Major areas of activity are non-motorized urban planning, economic development, bike safety education, responsible travel and cross-cultural, educational programs.
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (USA) - set up in 1949 and has 234 affiliated organisations in 152 countries and territories on all five continents, with a membership of 148 million.At present it is collecting signatures for a petition against the exploitation of child labor.
International Downtown Association (USA)
- champion for vital and livable urban centers. Through its network of committed individuals, its rich body of knowledge, and its unique capacity to nurture community-building partnerships
International Environment House Switzerland)) - gathers under a common roof a range of United Nations and non-governmental organisations active in the field of environment and sustainable development in Geneva. The centre hopes to foster synergies and encourage partnerships between the different organisations, secretariats and numerous other environmental institutions.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been established by WMO and UNEP to assess scientific, technical and socio- economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. It is open to all Members of the UN and of WMO
International Organization for Migration (Swizerland)
As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to: Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management, Advance understanding of migration issues, Encourage social and economic development through migration, and Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
International Union for Land Value Taxation and Free Trade (UK) presents the members of the IU as being working for peace and prosperity based on the view that Nature and Society is vital to all human beings and therefore the value of Nature and Society is Common Property belonging to all citizens on an equal footing. The International Union holds conferences at 2-4 year interval at different places around the world.
IULA is the oldest international local government association, with members in more than 100 countries in all regions of the world. IULA has played an active role in promoting decentralisation and local self-government, and has worked towards the adoption of a World Charter of Local Self-Government. Its key areas of activity are strengthening local governments and promoting women in local decision-making, as well as representing local government in the fields of sustainable development and urbanisation.
The goal of the walk varies from community to community. Some walks rally for safer and improved streets, some to promote healthier habits and some to conserve the environment. Whatever the reason, Walk to School Day events encourage a more walkable world – one community at a time.
The ISTP was established in 1988 to help create a better understanding of the roles and effects of science and technology for the benefit of all sectors of society. The ISTP has grown to become Australia's leading research institute integrating policy for simultaneously creating a better economy, an improved environment and a more just, participative society.
Is It Safe? (UK) - produced by the Road Danger Reduction Forum, a grouping of road safety professionals committed to promoting a new agenda for road safety. This is aimed at reducing road danger at source and promoting equity and accessibility for non-motorised road users.
IST Prize. The European IST Prize is the most distinguished Prize for innovative products and services in the field of Information Society Technologies. The Prize is open to companies or organisations that present an innovative IT product with a promising market potential.
ITDP - Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (USA) Set up in 1985, to promote environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation policies and projects worldwide. ITDP was organized by leading advocates for sustainable transport in the US who realized that the US was exporting its model of automobile dependence to developing countries and, most recently, Central and Eastern Europe. ITDP chose to focus on counteracting this development. (Very important source of information and international collaboration.)
I.T. Transport Ltd.(UK) - is a specialist company providing advice and management services to aid programmes in the development and transport sectors. Our expertise covers all aspects of the project cycle with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative social and economic issues, transport infrastructure construction and maintenance, labour based techniques, institutional reform and capacity building and Intermediate Modes of Transport.
James Robertson (UK)- mainly about the worldwide need for change in the system of money and finance. Sustainable Development. People-centred Globalisation, combining economic efficiency with economic justice. Progress that is socially just and environmentally benign. Money and Finance as servants not masters. Are these ideas and concepts just pipe-dreams or are they essential practical goals for a one-world community?
Japan For Sustainability (Japan) - We share information on developments and activities originating in Japan that lead toward sustainability, with the aim of building momentum toward a sustainable path for the world.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK) (- one of the largest independent social policy research and development charities in the UK. It supports a wide programme of research and development projects in housing, social care and social policy.
Kemi och Miljö (Sweden) Kemi och Miljö ("Chemistry and Environment") is one of Sweden's leading sustainability consultancies, with competence ranging from detailed chemical analyses to cultural change consulting for sustainable organizations.
KyotoSmart(Canada) believes that meeting Canada's Kyoto commitment must be done in an intelligent manner that will focus on the opportunities for innovation and corresponding job growth, and build on the success of industries that have already reduced their emissions through energy conservation, technological innovation and converting to more climate friendly sources of energy.
LEAD: Leadership for Environment and Development. (UK) LEAD is committed to making a contribution toward the creation of a global society based on mutual obligations and responsibilities in which development patterns will satisfy the shared needs and aspirations of all people and respect the Earth's living systems and natural resources..
Learning Development Institute (France, USA) - a transdisciplinary networked learning community devoted to excellence in the development and study of learning. The collective responsibility for the ecology of that environment, and each individual's role in its participatory management, is among LDI's essential concerns.
Less Traffic Creative Communities International is an incubator for social innovations based in Brisbane Australia. Through our family of web sites we aim to help individuals, communities and decision-makers unlock their latent creative genius.
This website is dedicated to helping you and your city tame taffic. It contains programs that have been tested and ideas that push the envelope.
Libraries for the Future (USA) - program of the Americans for Libraries Council. LFF provides programs at the national, state and local levels, typically in partnership with libraries, library systems, foundations and community-based organizations. Currently operates in more than 100 communities in 20 states.
Liftshare (UK) Lift-sharing is when two or more people share a car and travel together. It allows people to benefit from the convenience of the car, whilst alleviating the associated problems of congestion and pollution. The site has been rigorously redesigned to make it easier to use and find your way around, and we hope this will encourage even more people to register their journeys with us.
Livable Places (USA) Livable Places is a nonprofit development and public policy organization working to make the Los Angeles region more livable and environmentally sustainable.
Livin Cities (USA) - is an investor collaborative of 15 major financial institutions, foundations, and government agencies committed to the revitalization of America's great urban centers. In partnership with city residents, state and local governments, and both the commercial and nonprofit sectors, Living Cities helps create strategic investment opportunities that result in better and safer local housing and a more welcoming environment for business expansion.
Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.
The LGA exists to promote better local government. We work with and for our member authorities to realise a shared vision of local government that enables local people to shape a distinctive and better future for their locality and its communities. The LGA aims to put local councils at the heart of the drive to improve public services and to work with government to ensure that the policy, legislative and financial context in which they operate, supports that objective.
LOCOMOTIVES, Low-cost Mobility Initiatives Programme (Netherlands)
International capacity building program composed by nine NGO's from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Dutch NGO I-CE, Interface for Cycling Expertise. The aim is to provide exchange between and technical support to the initiatives and projects of its members to substantively improve the situation of cycling in their cities.
LOKOJ (Bangladesh) we are a research and action oriented organization working for alternative lifestyle movement in Bangladesh and worldwide. We would like to be included in your link pages. hope that will contribute in building stronger networking and partnership between LOKOJ and people like you around the world working for a better world.
London 21 Sustainability Network (UK) - promotes, supports and networks community-based action for sustainability in Greater London. Along with networking capacity-building events, London 21 runs a number of innovative projects, including London Sustainability Weeks 2003 and 2004, the new London Green Map - http://www.londongreenmap.org -, and an on-going research project on Local Strategic Partnership and Sustainable Development in London: http://www.londonsustainabilityweeks.org
Media Foundation (Canada)
We are a global network of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs who want to advance the new social activist movement of the information age. Our aim is to topple existing power structures and forge a major shift in the way we will live in the 21st century.
Mediterranean Renewable Energy Initiative (Italy)
The target of MEDIT is to implement by year 2010 enough projects to serve with renewable energy at least 100 million people on and-off grid in the Mediterranean region. ITo define a portfolio of renewable energy projects allowing to achieve this target and to facilitate the implementation of these projects.
Metropolis International - Metropolis is an international association of 81 cities with more than a million inhabitants. Since 1984, it has promoted exchange of experience in areas like city planning, economic development, the environment and transport in order to develop solutions to the common challenges facing large cities.
Millennium Technology Prize (Finland) The world's biggest technology award is awarded for outstanding technological achievements that directly promote people's quality of life, are based on humane values, and encourage sustainable economic development.
The prize of one million euros is awarded every second year by the Finnish Technology Award Foundation.
Minciu Sodas (Lithuania) is an open laboratory for serving and organizing independent thinkers. We bring together our individual projects around shared endeavors. We remake our lives and our world by caring about thinking.
MIT Media Laboratory (USA) Opening in 1980 in its first decade, much of the Laboratory's activity centered around abstracting electronic content from its traditional physical representations, helping to create now-familiar areas such as digital video and multimedia. The success of this agenda is now leading to a growing focus on how electronic information overlaps with the everyday physical world. The Laboratory pioneered collaboration between academia and industry, and provides a unique environment to explore basic research and applications, without regard to traditional divisions among disciplines
Mobility management in companies - TOOLBOXThe toolbox is a search facility to help companies develop their own mobility plan, and to help them promote effectively the use of public transport, collective company transport, car-pooling, walking and cycling for home-work journeys. It has been developed by a consortium of European specialists in mobility management.
MOSES (EU)) mobility services for urban sustainability - will develop mobility services to reduce dependence on the private car on a European scale - without restricting mobility.
Moving the Economy. (Canada) Mission: To grow the sustainable transportation/New Mobility sector by: (i) Stimulating investment in sustainable transportation/New Mobility: (ii)
Creating meaningful jobs in sustainable transportation/New Mobility: (iii)
Increasing the range of win-win transportation choices; (iv)
Spurring growth and integration of a vital industry cluster that includes telecommunications; goods movement, logistics, and fleet management; businesses and systems for enhancing transit, walking and cycling; new approaches to automobile transport; green land and real estate development; aviation and marine transport; and urban green tourism.
Milieudefensie - Friends of the Earth Netherlands - a national organisation with a hundred local groups. Founded in 1971, it has approximately 70,000 members and contributors. A separate, affiliated youth organisation (JMA) has several thousand partners. Our national campaigns concentrate on issues related to the nature of our country. For example, we campaign for the legal protection of green and open spaces, as silence, space, and fresh air become increasingly scarce. We also campaign for rules to curb the use of cars and help implement car-free city centres and better public transport
Murdoch ISTP (Australia) The ISTP was established in 1988 to help create a better understanding of the roles and effects of science and technology for the benefit of all sectors of society. The ISTP has grown to become Australia's leading research institute integrating policy for simultaneously creating a better economy, an improved environment and a more just, participative society.
Nathan Cummings Foundation (USA) is rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values and social justice, including fairness, diversity, and community. We seek to build a socially and economically just society that values nature and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.
National Center for Bicycling & Walking (USA) NCBW is the major program of the Bicycle Federation of America, Inc. (BFA), a national, nonprofit [501(c)(3)] corporation established in 1977. Our mission is to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities.
National Councils for Sustainable Development To bring together a cohesive group of actors to further sustainable development by: Promoting and supporting multi-stakeholder participation, and integration of sustainable development dimensions at national and regional levels through NCSDs.
National Environmental Research Institute (Norway) NERI is an independent research institute under the Danish Ministry of the Environment. NERI undertakes scientific consultancy work, monitoring of nature and the environment as well as applied and strategic research. NERI’s task is to establish a scientific foundation for environmental policy decisions
Natur og Ungdom/Nature and Youth (Norway)
Nature and Youth is the only environmentalist youth organisation in Norway. Nature and Youth seeks to be at the leading edge of the issues, speaking out on what needs to be done. The organization puts environmental problems on the agenda, put pressure on politicians and
The Natural Step (USA, International)
The Natural Step provides a visionary blueprint for a sustainable world. Our upstream approach means we address problems at the source and turn them into opportunities for innovation. As an international advisory and research organization, we work with some of the largest resource users on the planet to create solutions, models and tools designed to accelerate global sustainability.
The Natural Step (Sweden) Contact in Sweden: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Natural Step is an international network of consultants and trainers who work with companies and cities on developing ecological sustainability, through a science-based method of visioning and backcasting from core principles. AtKisson Europe collaborates with Henrik Andersson of The Natural Step Sweden in working with Swedish municipalities. Contact in Sweden: email@example.com
For General Information on the Natural Step: http://www.naturalstep.org
Nature Conservancy (USA) The Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. We have developed a strategic, science-based planning process, called Conservation by Design, which helps us identify the highest-priority places-landscapes and seascapes that, if conserved, promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term.
Neighborhood Explorations Calculator (USA) This View of Density - See how neighborhood density impacts the environment (land, materials, energy and driving). Wander around San Francisco and explore many of these neighborhoods in person. Plug in your assumptions and move your mouse over the pictures to see the impact.
The New Colonist (USA) - a web publication for people who love and live in cities. Showcases some of what's good about life in our cities.
New Economics Foundation (UK) - independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.
New Mobility.com (USA) Web site for New Mobility Magazine and the leading online resource for Disability Culture and Lifestyle. Newmobility.com is a tremendous research and communication tool for anyone with an interest in disability issues."
New Mobility Angenda (France) Unconstrained by bureaucracy, economic interests or schedules, New Mobility was launched in 1988 as an open international platform for critical discussion, exchanges of materials and views, and diverse forms of cross-border collaboration on the challenging, necessarily conflicted topic of "sustainable transportation and social justice".
New Philanthropy Capital (UK)
- founded in 2001 by a team of City financiers with a desire to bring greater resources to the charitable sector by offering donors a rigorous process for delivering on their philanthropic objectives.
New Scientist (UK) Leading international source of science and technology developments and prospects.
New Urbanism (USA) - about creating a better future for us all. It is an international movement to reform the design of the built environment, and is about raising our quality of life and standard of living by creating better places to live.
New Zealand Climate Change Office (New Zealand) The New Zealand Climate Change Office is a business unit within the Ministry for the Environment. It is responsible for leading the development, coordination and implementation of whole-of-government climate change policy. The international nature of the programme means New Zealand councils can tap into a broad range of best practice and experience in this field.
New Zealand Transport Strategy (New Zealand) As the government's principal transport policy adviser, the Ministry both leads and generates policy. The government's New Zealand Transport Strategy (NZTS) provides the framework within which transport policy is developed. The aim of the review is to promote the creation of an affordable, integrated, safe, responsive and sustainable transport system by 2010
Novartis Foundation (Switzerland) We aim to inspire and help shape development policy and cooperation in order to achieve a sustainable improvement in the quality of life of poor people in developing countries, a reduction in poverty and social inequities.
The Open Co-op (UK) : We are setting up a global network of Community Support Providers to pull together existing sustainable enterprises, community action groups, and individuals into a new framework of mutual support and transparent ethical trade. Each Community Support Provider will act as a community hub, linking a network of separate community-run services and local co-ops, and building on existing groups and initiatives, using the PlaNet communications and decision-making system.
OECD Round Table on Sustainable Development (France) - established in 1998, an independent body hosted by the OECD. In May 2001, OECD Ministers formally endorsed the role of the Round Table "as a forum for international dialogue among stakeholders." The following year, the Round Table and asked it to continue to "generate policy ideas and build consensus for actions" to assist them in achieving their "sustainable development objectives."
Oneworld Net Information communication technologies (ICT) are core aspects of development, facilitating participation by people in even the most marginalized communities.
Online TDM Encyclopedia (Canada) This Encyclopedia is a comprehensive source of information about innovative management solutions to transportation problems. It provides detailed information on dozens of demand management strategies, plus general information on TDM planning and evaluation techniques. It is produced by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute to increase understanding and implementation of TDM.
Open Society Institute (OSI) is a private operating and grantmaking foundation based in New York City that serves as the hub of the Soros foundations network, a group of autonomous foundations and organizations in more than 50 countries. OSI and the network implement a range of initiatives that aim to promote open societies by shaping government policy and supporting education, media, public health, and human and women's rights, as well as social, legal, and economic reform.
Oxford Vision 2020 (UK) dedicated to the cause of preventing the forecast pandemic growth of chronic diseases, especially in low and middle income countries and the poorer segments of society in the developed world. 50% of people in the world die due to four chronic diseases: CVD, diabetes, chronic lung diseases and some cancers, which are linked to three risk factors: tobacco, diet and lack of physical exercise. The movement aims to define innovative pathways for action which will prevent the forecast massive growth in these diseases and the consequent deaths.
Partners for Livable Communities (USA) nonprofit organization working to restore and renew our communities. Partners has over twenty-five years of experience in solving community problems by providing information, leadership and guidance that help communities help themselves.
Pedals for Progress (USA) - collects used bicycles and bicycle parts in North America, and donates them to qualified non-profit agencies in Latin America, the Caribbean, coastal Africa, and the South Pacific. Partner agencies recondition PfP-donated bicycles and make them available to disadvantaged populations for productive use.
Pelangi (Indonesia) - undertakes activities to encourage establishment of sustainable transportation and better air quality management to minimise global air pollution
Perils for Pedestrians - a monthly cable TV program
dedicated to improving the quality of the pedestrian environment in the US and Canada.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (USA) . The PBIC is a clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement and access and mobility. The PBIC serves anyone interested in pedestrian and bicycle issues, including planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, police enforcement and the health community.
Planners Web (USA) Planning Commissioners Journal is the nation's principal publication designed for citizen planners, including (but certainly not limited to) members of local planning commissions and zoning boards. Over 7,500 citizen planners in all 50 states receive the PCJ.
Planning Bibliographies (UK) The comprehensive bibliographies are designed primarily for use by students in the Institute of Urban Planning, School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, U.K. The lists cover a very wide range of current planning topics. Most of the bibliographies are regularly updated.
Policy Studies Institute (UK) PSI provides data and analysis in support of policy-making, promotes the discussion and exchange of relevant information and research findings through its publications programme, and organises workshops and other events at its central London conference facilities.
Pollution Probe (Canada) is a Canadian environmental organization that: (a) Defines environmental problems through research; (b)Promotes understanding through education; and (c)
Presses for practical solutions through advocacy.
Programa de Gestión Urbana - Una iniciativa de las Naciones Unidas para apoyar la gestión participativa de las ciudades. PGU, busca fortalecer la capacidad de gestión de las ciudades apoyando sus esfuerzos por alcanzar un desarrollo humano sostenible.
Project for Public Spaces Inc. (USA) PPS has an international reputation for its work on the design and management of public spaces. Founded in 1975 PPS has helped over 1,000 communities in 44 states and 12 countries improve their parks, markets, streets, transit stations, libraries and countless other public spaces.
Prosper Australia (Australia) The Mission of Prosper Australia is to create prosperity and full employment by collecting the rental from land and natural resources instead of taxation.
Puget Sound Regional Council (USA) - an association of cities, towns, counties, ports, and state agencies that serves as a forum for developing policies and making decisions about regional growth and transportation issues in the four-county central Puget Sound region.
Rainforest Action Network Since it was founded in 1985, the Rainforest Action Network has been working to protect tropical rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests
Realdania Foundation (Denmark) a major Danish foundation whose mission is to improve the quality of life in the built environment by creating new qualities, and preserving existing ones, in the built environment in Denmark.
Reclaim The Streets London (UK) The infamous direct action group that developed the "street party" concept Direct action network for global and local social-ecological revolution(s) to transcend hierarchical and authoritarian society, (capitalism included), and still be home in time for tea... Welcome to the cyber-streets of RTSLondon.
Regional Plan Association(USA) - an independent, not-for-profit regional planning organization that improves the quality of life and the economic competitiveness of the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region through research, planning, and advocacy. For more than 80 years, RPA has been shaping transportation systems, protecting open spaces, and promoting better community design for the region's continued growth. We anticipate the challenges the region will face in the years to come, and we mobilize the region's civic, business, and government sectors to take action.
The Resource Saver is a web-based application that allows environmental organizations to manage dynamic websites, build online communities and web portals, and expand online outreach.
Resources for the Future (USA) -- As the premier independent institute dedicated exclusively to analyzing environmental, energy, and natural resource topics, RFF gathers under one roof a unique community of scholars conducting impartial research to enable policymakers to make sound choices.
Riders' Angles: (USA) Citizens assessing government: Evaluating Chicago Transit Authority performance and standards. Our purpose is to build local and global momentum in support of The Campaign for Better Transit. We want to engage all who might wish to make sense of government performance, especially monitoring and enhancing transit in Chicago. Our long term impact depends on us tapping into what our participants truly care about. We therefore plan to deploy our resources flexibly, so that we might meet our investigators half-way, and encourage them to adapt, for our sake, investigations that they are conducting for their own reasons.
Riga - Alternative Development Model (Latvia) - a citizen initiative concerning the new Riga Development Plan. We are strongly convinced that the new RDP is a dangerous document. We believe that it may seriously harm the future development of the city and believe that it could have several negative social, environmental and political effects. Therefore, we would like to present an alternative model for the development of Riga. We are defining goals of spatial development but in the context of social and economic development.
Right Livelihood Award Foundation (Sweden) - founded in 1980 to ''honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today''. Recipients of the Right Livelihood Award are chosen annually by an international jury in such areas as environmental protection and biodiversity, human rights and development, health, education, housing and technology.
Right of Way (USA) - a group of activists dedicated to asserting the rights of car-free street users -- including pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters -- and fighting back against car violence. Our home base is New York City, but we hope to report on, and help stimulate, action and awareness in other locales as well.
Rising Tide (UK) -
UK campaign network promoting action to combat climate change.
Road Rage (UK) Information for road protesters. Our purpose is to be a point of reference for "green" road transport campaigns. The immediate aim is to put up loads of links to help people quickly navigate to information on these issues and find out about campaigns.
Road Peace (UK) Supporting those bereaved or injured in a road crash. Working for Real Road Safety.
Rocky Mountain Institute (USA) Rocky Mountain Institute is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of natural, human and other capital to make the world more secure, just, prosperous, and life sustaining. We do this by inspiring business, civil society, and government to design integrative solutions that create true wealth.
The Ruckus Society (USA) Working with a broad range of communities, organizations, and movements - from high school students to professional organizations - Ruckus facilitates the sharing of information and expertise that strengthens the capacity to change our relationship with the environment and each other.
Safekids (New Zealand) Child safety service, and was established by the hospital's Trauma Services in the early 1990s. The aim of the service is to reduce the numbers of children who are admitted to hospitals, or killed by preventable injuries.
Safe Routes to Schools (Canada/USA) Safe Routes to Schools is a popular program spreading across Canada and the U.S. designed to decrease traffic and pollution and increase the health of children and the community. The program promotes walking and biking to school through education and incentives that show how much fun it can be. The program also addresses the safety concerns of parents by encouraging greater enforcement of traffic laws, educating the public, and exploring ways to create safer streets.
Safe Routes to Schools (UK) Practical projects to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport for health, safety and environmental reasons. Our aim is to create Safe Route to School for every child in the UK.
Santa Fe Institute (USA) - devoted to creating a new kind of scientific research community, one emphasizing multidisciplinary collaboration in pursuit of understanding the common themes that arise in natural, artificial, and social systems. This unique scientific enterprise attempts to uncover the mechanisms that underlie the deep simplicity present in our complex world.
SAM - Sustainable Asset Management (Switzerland) - founded in 1995 as an independent asset management company specialising in sustainability investments. Today SAM is one of the world's leading institutions in this sector. Its clientele includes banks, insurance companies, pension funds, foundations and private clients.
Santa Catarina State Sustainable Mobility Platform (Brazil) program developed by the Government of the State of Santa Catarina, with the -cooperation of municipalities, universities and the organized civil society, to foster and support municipalities to adopt and implement sustainable transport policies in urban and rural areas. The objective -to provide a better quality of life in the municipalities through urban planning and transport policies aiming to reduce air pollution (or: emissions), noise and accidents; stimulate public transport use and non motorised trips and provide better accessibility for people with special mobility needs
Save The World Air, Inc. (USA) - an environmentally conscientious/for profit enterprise committed to providing a full range of products designed and developed to achieve maximum reduction of harmful emissions from internal combustion engines, in wide use globally and by a variety of industries.
Schoolway.net European network for cool kids and smart schools to make journeys to school safe and enjoyable. (EU)
E. F. Schumacher Society (USA) - educational non-profit organization - programs demonstrate that both social and environmental sustainability can be achieved by applying the values of human-scale communities and respect for the natural environment to economic issues. Building on a rich tradition often known as decentralism, initiates practical measures that lead to community revitalization and further the transition toward an economically and ecologically sustainable society.
Schumacher Society (UK) Promoting Human Scale Sustainable Development. It provides a unique forum for promoting human scale solutions to the social and environmental problems facing us. We seek to address the growing unease many people feel about the global economic and political structures over which they have little control. It is apparent that many people are seeking human scale solutions for themselves and their communities.
Scientists for Global Responsibility (UK) SGR promotes ethical science and technology - based on the principles of openness, accountability, peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Our work involves research, education, lobbying and providing a support network for ethically-concerned scientists.
SELF - Solar Electric Light Fund (USA) - a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1990 to promote, develop, and facilitate solar rural electrification and energy SELF-sufficiency in developing countries.
Shell Foundation (UK)
- mission is to catalyse partnerships that deliver sustainable solutions to those social and environmental challenges in which the energy industry and multinational corporations have a particular role.
Sierra Club (USA) The Challenge to the Sprawl Campaign works to fight poorly planned runaway development and promotes smart growth communities that increase transportation choices, reduce air and water pollution, and protect our natural places.
Sierra Club of Canada SCC has developed major national campaigns with four program areas: Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Atmosphere & Energy, and Transition to a Sustainable Economy.
Sierra Club of Canada - Ontario Chapter - grass-roots volunteer-driven organization, with most of our key work accomplished by member-volunteers. Our Mission is to protect and restore the health of the natural environment, including human communities in Ontario by empowering the membership and citizenry through education, advocacy, action and outdoor adventures.
Smart Communities Network (USA) - information and services on how your community can adopt sustainable development as a strategy for well-being. We're finding that more and more cities, villages, neighborhoods and regions are using sustainable development as a guiding principle not only for near-term projects, but also for planning their future
Smart mobs (USA) - emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation. The technologies that are beginning to make smart mobs possible are mobile communication devices and pervasive computing - inexpensive microprocessors embedded in everyday objects and environments. The pieces of the puzzle are all around us now, but haven't joined together yet.
Smogbusters (Australia) Mission: to (a) work with the community to improve urban air quality and reduce greenhouse gases ; (b) encourage the use of more sustainable and environmentally friendly forms of transport such as walking, cycling, bus, train and tram use. Smogbusters projects are run through state Conservation Councils.
Social Venture Network (USA) SVN promotes new models and leadership for socially and environmentally sustainable business in the 21st century. We champion this effort through initiatives, information services and forums that strengthen our community and empower our members to work together on behalf of their shared vision.
South Africa New Economics Network (South Africa)
- (SANE) challenges the way economics tends to reduce people to economic agents, the environment to property, social institutions to markets, and progress to growth in production. Encourages research and dialogue on alternative economic theories and practices designed to promote social equity and justice, community self-reliance and ecological sustainability - especially South Africa and similar countries. Basic income and local currencies in rural areas are among their proposals.
Stakeholderforum.org (UK) Supporting a strategic, global, multi-stakeholder movement to influence and implement sustainable development agreements and the Millennium Development Goals.
State of the World Forum (USA) - founded in 1995 with the purpose of working with partners worldwide to gather together the creative genius on the planet in a search for solutions to critical global challenges. What has emerged is a community of committed individuals and institutions from around the world and a wide spectrum of disciplines united by a shared sense of responsibility for the human future.
Stockholm Environment Institute (Sweden) SEI is an independent, international research institute specializing in sustainable development and environment issues. It works at local, national, regional and global policy levels. The SEI research programmes aim to clarify the requirements, strategies and policies for a transition to sustainability
Stockholm Partnerships for Sustainable Cities (Sweden) The vision is to gather comprehensive knowledge and information on the most innovative and inspiring sustainability projects from all over the world in a grand exposure of urban solutions and to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and technology from these initiatives.
Streets for People (UK) Streets for People is a network of community groups, residents associations and individuals who want to improve their local environment. Many local groups have discovered that it is possible to change things. Local councils can act now to reduce traffic, cut pollution, reduce speed limits or ban heavy lorries… but they will only do it if there is enough pressure. Through Streets for People you can change things too.
SUTP - New students' corner (Thailand) Streets for People is a network of community groups, residents associations and individuals who want to improve their local environment. Many local groups have discovered that it is possible to change things. Local councils can act now to reduce traffic, cut pollution, reduce speed limits or ban heavy lorries… but they will only do it if there is enough pressure. Through Streets for People you can change things too.
Surface Transportation Policy Project (USA) The resources that SUTP has to offer are composed by these initial components: Sustainable Transport: A Sourcebook for Policy Makers in Developing Countries; Training materials; Sustainable transport photo CD; Publications; Past events.
The Sustainable Cities Programme (SCP) (UN)- a joint UN-HABITAT/UNEP facility for building capacities in urban environmental planning and management. The programme is founded on broad-based cross-sectoral and stakeholder participatory approaches. It contributes to promoting urban environmental governance processes, as a basis for achieveing sustainable urban growth and development
Sustainable Community Action Wiki - for anyone interested in local sustainability, but especially ordinary people and community groups - independent or community-run local sustainability action, Local Agenda 21, Local ACTION 21 groups, Sustainability Forums or Local Quality of Life Forums. The focus is on what community groups can do, not local government or business. Local government and business have their own information providers and support agencies. Of course there are overlaps, community groups can act as catalysts or support partnerships, and community action can lead to the formation of businesses or social enterprises.
Sustainable Development Online (Europe): Sustainable development (SD) is a continually changing and vital area that is holistic by definition.
The role of Sustainable Development Online (SDO) is to map this sea of change and provide access to significant web sites built by organisations supporting the move towards SD.
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Pakistan) SDPI was founded in August 1992 on the recommendation of the Pakistan National Conservation Strategy (NCS), also called Pakistan's Agenda 21. The NCS placed Pakistan's socio-economic development within the context of a national environmental plan.
SustainAbility (UK): "The world's leading business consultancy on corporate responsibility and sustainable development."
Sustainability Education Center (USA) - was created in 1995 in response to the growing need for educational materials and professional development focused on sustainability. The goal of sustainability education is to ensure that present and future generations: attain a high degree of economic security and social equity; create and ensure democratic participation in their communities and globally; o maintain the health of the ecological systems upon which all life and all production depend.
Sustainable Sweden Association (Sweden): Sustainable Sweden is a non-profit and a non-governmental organization. Our main objective is to exchange and spread ”know-how” in the field of sustainable development.
Sustainability Institute (USA): A think-do tank dedicated to (a) sustainable resource use, (b)
sustainable economics, and (c) sustainable community.
Sustainability Now! (Canada): the Committee on Sustainability of the Association of Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC).
Our purpose is to keep our members informed about evolving concepts and issues of sustainability with respect to the practice of professional engineering and geoscience and to make recommendations regarding professional development.
Sustainability Reports (Netherlands): the portal for sustainability reports of multinational companies all over the world
Sustainability for Citizens and Communities (UK): This site acts as a sort of ongoing Directory, signposting to some of the best up-to-date sites about local sustainability. All the links on this site are regularly checked (usually at least once a month).
Sustainability Web Ring (Canada):
focuses on the efforts of organizations to achieve sustainable development. You will find information from around the world about how to deal with such crucial issues as: climate change, cleaner production, waste, poverty, consumerism, natural resource management, and governance. This information is particularly suited to decision-makers within civil society, government, business, research and funding institutions, and communities
Sustainable Action Group Exchange (UK) aims to encourage action, on a local level, to help towards a better quality of life for everyone, both now and for future generations and embraces three broad objectives: effective protection of the environment, prudent use of natural resources and social progress that recognises the needs of everyone.
Sustainable Development (USA) - provides unique publishing services for business to raise awareness about CSR in practice to influence effective sustainable development policy. provides information on a number of diverse topics that relate to how individuals, communities, organizations, and governments can advance their efforts for achieving sustainable development.
Sustainable Development Department: FAO (UN)
- serves as a global reference centre for knowledge and advice on biophysical, biological, socio-economic and social dimensions of sustainable development. It was established by FAO in January 1995, in response to the need to take a more holistic and strategic approach to development support and poverty alleviation.
Sustainable Measures -
develops indicators that measure progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment. Sustainable Measures works with communities, companies, regional organizations and government agencies at all levels.
Sustainable Table (UK) - a consumer campaign developed by the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment (GRACE). GRACE works with research, policy and grassroots communities to raise public awareness and promote solutions to preserve the planet for future generations.
Sustainable Development Communications Network (Canada): (SDCN) is a group of leading civil society organizations seeking to accelerate the implementation of sustainable development through broader, integrated information and communications about what we know. The network focuses its efforts on (a) internal communications necessary for international virtual project teams within civil society organizations (CSOs) to work together on sustainable development research; and (b) external communications necessary for CSOs to communicate their perspectives with government and business decision-makers so as to engage these other sectors in sustainable development solutions.
Sustainable Development International (UK):
Working in co-operation with international bodies - including United Nations Agencies (CSD, UNIDO, UNEP); World Energy Council (WEC); Investment and Banking Authorities and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) - we have built a subsription database of decision-makers at local, regional and national level as well as representatives of development agencies, NGO communities and international policy makers.
Sustainable Development Partnerships(USA): Provides information on U.S. efforts to work with other governments, the private sector, civil society and other organizations to plan and implement voluntary partnerships that promote economic growth, social development and environmental stewardship.
Sustainable Europe Research Institute (Austria) SERI is a Pan-European think tank aiming to explore sustainable development options for European societies. SERI's research agenda and methodology is based on previous work carried out by Friends of the Earth and the Wuppertal Institute under the auspices of Friends of the Earth's Sustainable Europe Campaign. The Institute aims to develop the concept of environmental space and show ways to substantially reduce the material through-put of modern industrial societies.
Sustainable Seattle (USA):
non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the long term quality of life in the Seattle / King County area. achieves it's mission through:
AWARENESS: Create opportunities to learn about sustainable living principles and practices.
ASSESSMENT: Develop tools to monitor our community's progress toward long-term sustainability.
ACTION: Foster dialogue among diverse constituencies and their development of local models.
Sustainable Transport Coalition (Australia) The Coalition seeks more sustainable and liveable communities where people are less dependent upon the car and have better access to travel alternatives. We seek a transport system and land use pattern that facilitates access, protects the environment and promotes community.
Sustainable Urban Transport Project (Thailand) SUTP-Asia is a partnership between the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA, CITYNET and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) which aims to help developing Asian cities achieve their sustainable transport goals, through the dissemination of information about international experience and targeted work with particular cities.
Sustrans (UK) Sustrans - the sustainable transport charity - works on practical projects to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport in order to reduce motor traffic and its adverse effects.
Systems Research Institute - Pune (India)) - established in 1974 as a non-profit body in response to the need in India today for places where the problems associated with development can be approaced in an integrated multidisciplinary way. It is registered as a Society and as a Public Trust.
Target 2 - New Travel Solutions The Target project is concerned with providing a range of transport choices and developing alternative measures to influence and encourage a change in travel behaviour. The sustainable travel initiatives offer real alternatives to car-dependent lifestyles.
TDM Encyclopedia (Canada) Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a general term for strategies that result in more efficient use of transportation resources. This Encyclopedia is a comprehensive source of information about innovative management solutions to transportation problems. It provides detailed information on dozens of demand management strategies, plus general information on TDM planning and evaluation techniques. It is produced by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute to increase understanding and implementation of TDM.
TeleCities (Europe) - the major European network of cities committed to leadership in the Information and Knowledge Society. Established in 1993 in the framework of Eurocities, TeleCities is open to democratically elected city governments as well as to business and scientific partners: over 100 local authorities from 20 different European countries.
Tiger Leap Foundation (Estonia)
Tiger Leap is a national target program with the overall objective to promote the educational system in Estonia in the rapidly changing world with introduction of modern information and communication technology. The program is first and foremost aimed at general education but it involves also basic and vocational education
Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation (Canada) Working with the community and public and private sector partners, the Corporation will create waterfront parks, public spaces, cultural institutions and diverse and sustainable commercial and residential communities.
Tom Paine Institute (USA) : Personal site committed to envisioning and promoting economic and political structures which assure Justice for All
Tragedy of the Commons (USA) : Much of man's world is treated as a "commons" wherein individuals have the right to freely consume its resources and return their wastes. The "logic of the commons" ultimately produces its ruin as well as the demise of those who depend upon it for survival. The commons relationship between people and their environment was noted by Garrett Hardin in a 1968 paper published in the journal SCIENCE (162:1243-1248). This Web Page is dedicated to examining in more detail, the consequences of treating our ecosystem as a commons.
Transed (Japan) International Conference on Mobility and Transport for the Elderly and Disabled is
TRANSform Scotland (UK) : campaigns for a more sensible transport system, one less dependent on unsustainable modes such as the car and the heavy lorry, and more reliant on sustainable modes such as walking, cycling and public transport.
Transport 2000 (UK) Transport 2000 is the independent national body concerned with sustainable transport. It looks for answers to transport problems and aims to reduce the environmental and social impact of transport by encouraging less use of cars and more use of public transport, walking and cycling.
Transport Info Direct (UK) We bring together road and public transport information to give you choices when planning journeys from your door to anywhere in Britain.
Transport Links (UK) This site presents information about transport-related matters arising out of the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) programme of aid to developing countries. Purposes: to give information about DFID's research programme in the transport sector, make publications available online and provide a link to organisations working in similar and related fields.
Transit Cooperative Research Program (USA) The TCRP is your ticket to information central. Whether you are a service provider, consultant or supplier, TCRP provides the tools you need to innovate and solve problems in the transportation industry. The information you need is easily accessible through print, web documents, CD Roms, and diskettes. And best of all — it’s free through APTA
The Transport Web: We are here to help you identify information and services available to the Transport World. We have a number of transport databases which are fully searchable.
Transportation Alternatives (USA) a 5000-member NYC-area non-profit citizens group working for better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars. We work for safer, calmer neighborhood streets and car-free parks
TRB - Transportation Research Board (USA) - a unit of the National Research Council, a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. The Board's mission is to promote innovation and progress in transportation by stimulating and conducting research, facilitating the dissemination of information, and encouraging the implementation of research results.
Transport Roundtable Australasia (Australia)
- aims to promote research and exchange of knowledge in the transport sector. Provides education, training and consulting services in the specialist areas of transport strategy, policy, management and operations including intelligent transport systems (ITS).
TransMilenio (Colombia) World level network of busways in Bogotá. Improve life quality of the citizens of the capital district and competitiveness of the city at a national and international picture, by implementing the first massive passenger public transportation system, under the mode of automotive land transport of the capital district and its area of influence.
TRIPP - Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (India) - an interdisciplinary programme focusing on the reduction of adverse health effects of road transport. TRIPP attempts to integrate all issues concerned with transportation in order to promote safety, cleaner air, and energy conservation. Activities include applied research projects, special courses and workshops, and supervision of student projects at post graduate and undergraduate levels.
Transporte Ativo (Brazil) A Associação Transporte Ativo, é uma Organização da Sociedade Civil,
voltada para a qualidade de vida através da utilização dos Meios de Transporte Terrestre a Propulsão Humana* nos sistemas de trânsito.
TravelSmart (Australia) is a successful Western Australian community-based program that encourages people to use alternatives to travelling in their private car.
Trickle Up (USA) Founded in 1979, the Program's mission is to help the lowest income people worldwide take the first step up out of poverty, by providing conditional seed capital and business training essential to the launch of a microenterprise. This proven social and economic empowerment model is implemented in partnership with local agencies.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign (USA) The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is an alliance of public interest, transit advocacy, planning and environmental organizations working to reverse deepening automobile dependence and sprawl development in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metropolitan region.
TRIS On-Line (USA) - a bibliographic database funded by sponsors of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), primarily the state departments of transportation and selected federal transportation agencies. TRIS Online is hosted by the National Transportation Library under a cooperative agreement between the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and TRB. Contains more than half a million documents and records.
TUGI - The Urban Governance Initiative (Malaysia) aims to meet the situational demands of towns and cities in the Asia and Pacific region for innovative approaches, institutional reforms and capacity building efforts that support participatory, transparent, accountable and equitable urban governance.
Union of Concerned Scientists (USA) - nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions.
Urbanicity (USA) - provides city officials with a platform to explore aspects of urban management. Information targets city managers, local level policymakers, urban planners and directors of urban service and infrastructure provision. The objectives are to advance their knowledge and understanding of urban issues and to present the tools they need to plan, manage and govern their cities
United Nations Sustainable Development Program The Division for Sustainable Development serves as the substantive secretariat responsible for servicing the Commission on Sustainable Development; for follow-up of the implementation of Agenda 21 as well as the Plan of Implementation (POI) of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
United Nations Environment Program
To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
Urbanicity - provides city officials with a platform to explore aspects of urban management. Urbanicity information targets city managers, local level policymakers, urban planners and directors of urban service and infrastructure provision. The objectives are to advance their knowledge and understanding of urban issues and to present the tools they need to plan, manage and govern their cities
URB-AL Programme (Urbs América Latina) (Germany) Also has newsgroup serves as virtual basis for the exchange of experience between the 182 member cities from 28 countries of Latin America and Europe of the URB-AL Network No.8 "Control of Urban Mobility"
UTSG Archives (UK) Universities' Transport Study Group. Well organised expert discussions of sustainable mobility issues and approaches, with notices on events and academic openings, mainly in Britain. Run by the Institute for Transport Studies of Leeds University.
Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Canada :An independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. Provide a variety of resources available free at this website to help improve transportation planning and policy analysis. Research is among the most current available and has been widely applied.
Virtual Platform Netherlands) - link between partners in the cultural/creative sector and between culture and other sectors (education, social organizations, media, commerce). The VP has access to information on new media culture in the Netherlands, stimulates the setting up of joint projects, coordinates dialogue, profiles new media culture in the Netherlands and abroad, advises the government and other sectors on policy, and presents new developments in new media to a wide audience.
is a global partnership of experts that focuses on providing conferences, training and consultancy services, with the aim of raising international awareness of walking issues and supporting professionals in the development and delivery of best practice. Director: Rodney Tolley.
Walkable communities, Inc. (USA) - organized for the express purposes of helping whole communities, whether they are large cities or small towns, or parts of communities, i.e. neighborhoods, business districts, parks, school districts, subdivisions, specific roadway corridors, etc., become more walkable and pedestrian friendly.
Walkability Checklist - for children and parents (USA) Everyone benefits from walking. But walking needs to be safe and easy. Take a walk with your child and use this checklist to decide if your neighborhood is a friendly place to walk. If you find problems, there are ways you can make things better.
WELDO (Pakistan) Women Empowerment Literacy and Development Organization is a world renowned, not for profit, progressive, non-governmental organization working on Environmental Rehabilitation and Conservation and Promotion of International Trade and Public Private Partnership in Pakistan. We are not an organization working for women and women are not the sole beneficiaries of our projects but rather women are the implementers.
WHO related links Accidents, transport and health. Promoting healthy and sustainable transport alternatives prevents the negative effects of transport patterns on human health. To do this, intersectoral cooperation and high-level political commitment must ensure that health issues are considered when transport policies are formulated.
WHO World Health Day: Road Safety On 7 April 2004 around the globe, hundreds of organizations hosted events to help raise awareness about road traffic injuries, their grave consequences and enormous costs to society. They also contributed to spreading the word that such injuries can be prevented.
Winrock International (USA) is a private, nonprofit organization. We use innovative approaches in agriculture, environmental protection, renewable energy, leadership development, and policy to increase long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management. Our mission is to help the poor and disadvantaged. Our workplace is the world.
WISIONS (Germany, Switzerland) WISIONS is an initiative of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, organised with the support of the Swiss-based foundation ProEvolution, to foster practical sustainable energy projects.
Women for Sustainable Development(India) The aim is to assist women to attain a
minimum standard of human existence
in their villages and towns; and to help
set up a forum for women to meet,
debate and decide on matters
concerning the development of their lives. In pursuance of this aim, WSD runs a prototype carbon marketing facility to sell the CERs from the global environmental services which poor rural women and others who assist them, provide . . .
Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP) (USA) - is an international, non-governmental organization (NGO) that empowers women and girls in the Global South to re-imagine and re-structure their roles in their families, communities, and societies. WLP achieves this goal through providing leadership training, supporting capacity building, and helping women generate and receive information and knowledge.
Workbike.org (UK) A first stop shop to inform you about all that is going on in the world of workbikes, world-wide.
World Bank (USA) The World Bank Group's mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development Bank which provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge sharing services to low and middle income countries to reduce poverty. The Bank promotes growth to create jobs and to empower poor people to take advantage of these opportunities.
World CarFree Days Collaborative (France) Welcome to the wide-open, unattached and unencumbered CFD site for people who really care about sustainable transport and aren't afraid to work at it. A good car free day gives you a concrete place to start. Cities around the world are beginning to look at and experiment with this ice-breaking sustainability approach. It's not research or theory; it is policy and practice.
World Carfree Network (Czech Republic) - grew out of the activities of Car Busters, an international organisation within the carfree movement founded in 1997. (The name Car Busters continues to be used for Car Busters magazine.) Our goal is to build a more decentralised, structured network in which local, regional, national and international organisations take an active part. The network hopes to provide a voice for its member organisations at the international level, and to create a framework for the organisations' international projects.
World CarShare Consortium (France) Why are we supporting a concept that may to some appear to be so off-beat and marginal as carsharing? Simple! We think it's a great, sustainable, practical mobility concept whose time has come. Carsharing: the missing link in the world's new sustainable transport system. Consider it for your city! Start here. Start today!
World Climate Research Programme (Switzerland) The objectives of the programme are to develop the fundamental scientific understanding of the physical climate system and climate processes needed to determine to what extent climate can be predicted and the extent of human influence on climate.
World Future Council (Germany, UK, USA) WFC aims for a global membership of wise thinkers, practical pioneers and young leaders. It will identify the "implementation gaps" between current practices and necessary measures to assure a sustainable and equitable world. As an institution representing humanity's common values, the WFC will provide an ongoing forum for debate and action.
World Spirit Forum(Switzerland) WSF defines itself as an independent but complementary event to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Organize annual world congress for spiritually oriented leaders and participants from various fields such as science, economy, religion, culture, society and sports.
World Summit on Sustainable Development (UN, 2002) brought together tens of thousands of participants, including heads of State and Government, national delegates and leaders from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses and other major groups to focus the world's attention and direct action toward meeting difficult challenges, including improving people's lives and conserving our natural resources in a world that is growing in population, with ever-increasing demands for food, water, shelter, sanitation, energy, health services and economic security.
Worldcarfree.net will be a clearinghouse of information from around the world on how to revitalise our towns and cities and create a sustainable future.
The World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization (Switzerland) - established by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in February 2002. Initiated to respond to the needs of people as they cope with the unprecedented changes that globalization has brought to their lives, their families, and the societies in which they live.
The Commission has looked at the various facets of globalization, the diversity of public perceptions of the process, and its implications for economic and social progress. It has searched for innovative ways of combining economic, social and environmental objectives, based on worldwide expertise.
World of NGOs (Austria) Information for associations, non-profit and profit-oriented organizations - NGOs, NPOs and foundations.
Worldchanging.com (USA) WorldChanging.com works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together.
World Resources Institute (USA)
An environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives
World Transport Policy and Practice - Journal (UK) - a quarterly journal which provides a high quality medium for original and creative work in world transport. WTPP has a commitment to sustainable transport which embraces the urgent need to cut global emissions of carbon dioxide, to reduce the amount of new infrastructure of all kinds and to highlight the importance of future generations, the poor, those who live in degraded environments and those deprived of human rights by planning systems that put a higher importance on economic objectives than on the environment and social justice.
World Technology Network (UK/USA) - a cross between a global meeting ground, a virtual think tank, and an elite club whose members are all focused on the business or science of bringing important emerging technologies of all types (from biotech to new materials, from IT to new energy sources) into reality. WTN's membership is comprised of over 700 individuals and organisations from over 50 countries judged by their peers to be the most innovative in the technology world.
Worldwatch Institute (USA) offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Our work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society-and how to achieve it.
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
(Germany) - develops guiding principles and concrete concepts in the areas of energy, transport, material flows and structural change, climate policy and eco-efficient enterprises, as well as creating new and innovative models of wealth. In these areas, the Institute assumes the role of mediator, providing links between politics, economics, science and society.
Young TransNet (UK) (National Children's Bureau) Young TransNet uses IT and the Internet to assist children and young people in transport research and action. The long term aim of Young TransNet is to increase walking, cycling and the use of public transport, and to reduce motor traffic.
Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives (Switzerland) offers a practical approach to satisfying humanity's needs for water, food, energy, jobs, shelter and more, in an environmentally sustainable manner, by applying science and technology and involving government, business and academia.
ZürichCARD - Zurich Public Transport (Switzerland) VBZ - Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich, Nothing less than one of the world's best thought-out and operated sustainable city transportation systems. This is the place to obtain all the information you need about public transport in the city and region of Zurich.
This listing identifies identify groups and programs around the world known to us at this point which are, in one way or another, "working on the problem". It is already as you can see a very large list, and we can anticipate that over the next two years (our self-assigned target period) it will grow appreciably as the work in hand advances.
You will note too that these programs take a variety of different angles in addressing the challenges at hand: climate change, environmental activism, public health, city planning and land use, pricing and economic instruments, coalition building, governance, citizen and user groups, behavioral psychology, IT innovations, finance and taxation, legal aspects, politics, media (new and "old") and public awareness programs (think tobacco and AIDS), and yes!, transportation, mobility, and access in a wide variety of forms. It is, you have to admit, a very impressive group, and certainly if we can find ways of engaging and supporting them in the drive to more sustainable cities, real progress can be envisaged.
A perfectly legitimate question has already come up in several of our earlier contacts in getting this program on line. And that is the challenge of people asking us: why indeed, if all these fine groups are already in place and trying so hard to do something about these problems, is there really a need for yet one more program such as we provide here? The answer in the best Talmudic tradition, another question: Just how big did you say problem was?
Bottom line: The challenge before us is enormous. And all the more if you consider that it is our contention that the piority time horizon for active problem solving is not a matter of deaces, but the two or three years immediately ahead.
Moreover, because the problem solving exercise in each city is going to involve a much larger than usual range of capacities, we can be sure that the solution will lie in building bridges and alliances. And not simply trying to defend our turf here or there.
There is plenty of work to do for all hands who are able and willing to try. So let's get on with it and start to build those bridges and working alliances.
As you will see if you click to Kyoto World Resources link you will see more than five hundred groups and programs thus far identified as working in this or at least related areas world wide: each in their own way, in their chosen own target area, with their own time focus, with their own tools and goals. And, if they are lucky, with resources to do the job. In which case it's a fair question to ask: why should we as an informal world citizen consortium with no assigned institutional mandate dare to think about adding with our own efforts to all that? Might it not be preferable for us just to get out of the way let all these other people simply get on with the business at hand? Hmm.
Certainly no one thing is unique about the Kyoto World Cities Challenge, other perhaps than the fact that like the Greek poet Archilochus's hedgehog we know only one thing: the need for dramatic, effective, short-term, no-excuses action in our chosen target area of transport and sustainability in cities. Against this backdrop here are the defining factors that in our view combine to make Kyoto Cities a potential winner, certainly different from the rest, and quite possibly a good partner for you and your colleagues.
Single focus: a) Traffic in cities, (b) CO2, (c) very sharp targeted decreases (20%?), (d) in a very short period of time (20 months?). That's it!
But is it only CO2 and Kyoto? Not by a long shot. We chose CO2 reductions as an initial target since they are a strong surrogate for the overall challenge of transport dysfunctionality. Cut CO2 and you cut traffic, pollution, accidents, costs, time abuse and the list goes on. Most of the world's cities lie in countries that have no legal Kyoto thresholds. But their needs in this respect are even greater.
Geographic coverage: Program coverage is world wide (but can only work if it takes on one city at a time). This is above all a city project, a city decision, a city action. It does not depend on international treaties, other levels of government to foot the bill; it works within the city, its existing asset base, quality of leadership and degree of public support. In that city!
Open targeting: You take up the challenge, do your homework and then set the targets that are going to do the job in your city. And then you either succeed or you fail. And all that firmly in the public eye. (No place to hide.)
Big House/Open Doors: Invites enormous diversity of disciplines, backgrounds, geographies and competences, reaching way beyond the 'normal' transport or even environment groups, enriches the perspectives. Both for the Kyoto program overall and at the level of each city.
Strong female leadership and participation. In large part motivated by dissatisfaction with traditional male dominance and the values that appear to go with it.
Car-like mobility: This may surprise, but quite frankly we do not see democratic pluralistic societies agreeing to accept large downgrading of their mobility arrangements. Which gives us our target: as good or better conditions of transit than they are getting our of their cars under present arrangements.
International peer support network: The personal engagements, combined with the very high quality and great variety of backgrounds of the distinguished individuals who have agreed to support the International Advisory Council. Members have both an international support role, and also are helping to create "clusters" to support discussions and initiatives in their own city.
Organized from outset as an open international partnership project, working links are being set up (a) with international and national groups with broader sustainability agendas, and (b) at level of individual cities informal working groups are being created to lay the base for their local 20/20 programs.
Comfort Zones (and lack thereof): Many programs and almost all committees seek to achieve "Comfort Zones" in which all interests present of lurking in the background come to a general agreement as to priorities, what needs to be done, how to do it, etc. Kyoto Cities seeks quite the reverse: a large number of competing ideas and points of view, plenty of room for internal contradictions and conflicts, and a good and continuing dose of cognitive dissonance as a means for accommodating all this necessary variety.
Supporting context of intensive technology-based IP networking: The state of the art, practical, user friendly The Bridge holds the underlying key to brining the pieces of the puzzle together and thereby making the whole thing work.
Culture change: This project is above all about governance, democracy and citizenry in the 21st century. In its own way it proposes and tests a new model. Once a 20/20 project has been carried out and the results assessed, your city will never look again in quite the same way at their transport, environment or other problems of governance and quality of life. Bringing up the interesting question: what next?
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The Kyoto World Cities Challenge is one program that cities can, if they wish, start to engage immediately. It is certanily not the only thing that they or the rest of the world should be doing to confront the challenges of environment and the costly dysfunctional transport arrangements that hinder almost all of them in their life quality and economic viability. It may not even be the best one. But to us it looks like one fine place to start. Today! (Or should we keep on waiting and hope for the best?)
Please click here and let us remedy that. It would be good to have a 20/30 word summary of your organization and objectives.
And if you have an idea or recommendation to share with us all, this is the place to do it.