sustainable development

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

May 15, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Sustainable Development in 2015

Jeffrey Sachs, the United Nations Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why the year 2015 is going to be a highly critical year for global sustainable development.[read more]

Understanding the Sustainable Development Goals and Looking Forward

January 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Sustainable Development Goals

On September 11, 2014, I stepped into the United Nations for the first time. Attending the High-Level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, I had the opportunity to see the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, and the heads of nearly every department.[read more]

Reconciling the Future: Planetary Boundaries, Sustainable Development and Participatory Democracy

March 6, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Earth and Sustainable Development

In this second decade of the 21st century, humanity faces perhaps the greatest challenge of our long history. As noted economist and director of the Columbia University Earth Institute Dr. Jeffry Sachs points out, we live in an age of great promise and yet terrifying peril.[read more]

Sustainable Development Goals: 'Focus Areas' Require Commitments for a New Global Partnership

March 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Sustainability and Global Partnerships

Despite the unwelcome return of the chilling polar vortex this week, things have begun to heat up at United Nations Headquarters in New York as a critical United Nations process on global Sustainable Development Goals continues to unfold.[read more]

A New Global Partnership: Mounting Optimism for Global Action on Sustainable Development

December 21, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Global Sustainable Development

With the holidays upon us we are in the season of reflection and new beginnings. Looking back on this year, we’ve seen a seismic shift in momentum build around our work at the United Nations to encourage partnerships and concrete commitments to action on a wide range of sustainability issues.[read more]

Good Energy News: US Energy More Secure and Reliable, Thanks to Efficiency

October 10, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Which energy source has had the biggest impact on meeting America’s energy needs over the past forty years? It’s not coal. It’s not oil. Not wind or nuclear. Believe it or not, it’s even bigger than all of those combined. Our greatest energy resource? Energy efficiency.[read more]

Ernesto Sirolli on Truly Sustainable Development [VIDEO]

July 1, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Through mentoring and nurturing local talent instead of a “top down” approach to economic aid and sustainable development, impoverished communities can rebuild their local economies.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Green Jobs to Boost EU SMEs

February 28, 2013 by Dr. Paola Fiore

green jobs in EU

The 27 EU Member States should focus on and develop more specific policies and strategies related to three core themes, such as “resource efficiency“, “green markets” and “environmental jobs.”[read more]

Sustainable Development and Climate Change

February 27, 2012 by Sam W.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, is on the horizon. The event taking place this June, twenty years after the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, can serve as a reminder for lawmakers in Washington, DC of the impact of their work beyond the beltway and throughout the increasingly globalized planet. As...[read more]

Strategic Sustainability: A Framework for Community Planning

May 13, 2010 by Rich Maltzman

This week I spent a very worthwhile 4 hours in the above titled workshop.  It was hosted by Heidi Spinella, a sustainability consultant, and Bert Cohen, an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire, teaching Sustainable Living and Systems Thinking for Sustainable Living.  Heidi is also a PMP so naturally, excuse the...[read more]

Why sustainable development is so damn hard — Philippines edition

October 3, 2007 by Joseph Romm

Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo spoke at the opening plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative. Unintentionally, her remarks illustrated the challenge of sustainable development.First the good news — green power:We are endowed with geothermal power and it fits very well with our Green Philippines program. We want to use clean...[read more]

Green Building Costs, HGTV Green Home, Energy Efficiency, Green Lending + Re-development (WIR)

August 25, 2007 by PrestonKoerner

A new report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development found that the costs of green building are often misunderstood, and even overestimated by as much as 300%.  HGTV announces the Green Home Giveaway - they will build a home somewhere using eco-friendly materials and give it away in 2008.Sun Microsystems completes...[read more]

Truro Residence, Zero Energy Modern Beach House

August 25, 2007 by PrestonKoerner

Let's talk about zero energy architecture and the Truro Residence.  It's an amazing residence, currently under construction on one of Cape Cod's beaches in Massachusetts.  Designed by Independence Energy Homes (IEH) and being constructed by Silvia and Silvia, the Truro Residence is meant to accommodate a large family and...[read more]

Make your own wind and solar power systems

August 24, 2007 by Joseph Romm

So you want some do-it-yourself climate solutions. Popular Science is the place to go.The magazine details how, for $300, you can build a vertical wind turbine (pictured below) for your home in about 3 days. It will generate 50 kilowatt-hours per month, which might be about 10% of your electricity use, depending on the size of your house...[read more]

World Expo 2008: Digital Water Pavilion

August 24, 2007 by Stephen Del Percio

The theme of next June’s World Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain is (of course) sustainable development, and the Digital Water Pavilion is one of the more interesting green design concepts that you’ll see. The Pavilion will use a computer to control water down to the level of individual drops, which in turn can create patterns of images,...[read more]