Links

Here is a list of numerous weblinks where you can find information on sustainability. Please feel free to contact us to tell us which ones you like and to suggest additional sites or if anyone wants to volunteer to organize them, please contact us. Thank you.

Alternative Energy Information and Resources for Massachusetts

Brower & Company – Energy and Environmental Consulting — conducts research on energy and environmental issues. Focus on wind mapping and GIS, renewable energy and electrical utilities, and population, consumption and the environment.

Earth Share of New England — (formerly the Environmental Federation of New England) — a coalition of environmental organizations working to protect and preserve natural resources and public health. Works to foster environmental philanthropy through public education and workplace giving.

Mass Energy Consumers Alliance — nonprofit consumer advocacy organization. Offers discount energy efficient products and is working to pool consumer demand for clean, renewable power. Online product catalog available.

Wind Resource Assessment of Western and Central Massachusetts — maps of wind speed in Western Massachusetts and a PDF file.

Renewable Energy Research Laboratory – UMass –“The Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (RERL) exists to promote education and research in solar and wind energy conversion technologies.” Site includes research notes, “Wind Energy Explained”, software simulation tools, links to other renewable energy programs.

 

Biodiesel/Biomass Information

Need A Fill Up? Biodiesel Web Page — official site of the National Biodiesel Board. Factsheets and reports on biofuels, answers to frequently asked questions, news, testimonials, more.

Veggie Van, Biodiesel, and Vegetable Oil Fuel — information about biodiesel vehicles, hands-on workshops, discussion forum.

Environmental and Energy Study Institute – factsheets, news and resources relating to biomass energy production.

 

Business Development Resources in Massachusetts

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission — “The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is an advisory body to member communities and to private business groups, performing research and analysis services in a wide range of planning areas.”

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center — provides management assistance, counseling and training to current and prospective small business owners in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Small Business Educational Resources — part of Business Utility Zone Gateway, a portal site for Massachusetts businesses. Offers a wealth of information and free tools for small business owners, as well as B2B networking.

 

The International Council for Local Environmental InitiativesThe mission of the ICLEI is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable development conditions through cumulative local actions. The site offers ICLEI publications, including case studies, environmental campaigns and projects, and links to regional resources.


Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI)tools for businesses striving to operate in environmentally, economically and socially responsible manner.

Ecosustainable Hubconnects users to many examples of sustainability projects, tools, information, discussion forums. Links page provides index of very large number of resources, organized by topic.

Sustainable USA Networknews, job database, examples of projects, youth programs, help getting involved.

Seed CoalitionTexans supporting clean air and clean energy.

Renewable Energy Policy Projectknowledge exchange for renewable energy, sustainable development practices and energy efficiency. Information on solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy, hydrogen, hydropower and more. Rich resource list in ‘Global Energy Marketplace.’

ASESthe American Solar Energy Society. Dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment. ASES promotes the widespread near-term and long-term use of solar energy.

The Twin Cities Green Guide while much of this site is specific to the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, there are many great articles on a wide variety of sustainable-living topics, from recipes for household cleaners to “green business” tips.

Green Media Toolshed Green Media Toolshed is a nonprofit project of the Tides Center, established in 2000. Our mission is to provide media-related tools and information to our members – environmental nonprofits – so that they can more effectively project their messages to the public and decision-makers.


Consumer Information

OPT Consumer: Buying Clean Electricity DOE Office of Power Technologies guide to buying clean electricity.

OPT Consumer: Making Your Own Clean ElectricityDOE Office of Power Technologies guide to making clean electricity at home.

DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energyhas a good amount of info about alternative energy and energy efficiency.

;GreenerCars.orginformation to help in choosing the greenest conventional cars. Buyer’s guide, news and articles, answers to frequently asked questions.

Smart Communities NetworkU.S. Department of Energy sustainable development information. Includes a range of topics, with definitions and principles, success stories, regulations, articles, and educational materials relating to sustainable development.

Sustainable Communities Networklinks to sustainability and smart growth resources. News about sustainable community projects, resources for a variety of sustainablility issues.

http://www.communitiesbychoice.org/a network of communities, organizations and individuals promoting sustainable development. Site gathers resources on topics ranging from household tips to organizing action teams.

EnergyIdeas.orgenergy saving tips, factsheets, news, software tools.


Fuel Cell Information

How Fuel Cells Workinformational page from How Stuff Works. Easy-to-follow explanation of the technology and its applications.

Fuel Cell Onlinefuel-cell related news, discussion board, links to information, events, products, companies and more.

Fuel Cells: Green PowerPDF-format report from Los Alamos National Laboratory, discussing fuel cell technology and its potential.


Funding sources and examples of funded projects

UNEP Inventory of Sustainable Energy FundsUnited Nations Environment Programme PDF inventory of funding sources.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund Grants: Sustainable Resource Use with examples of grants for sustainable resource use in 2002.


Funding sources and examples of funded projects in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trustorganization to promote the development of renewable energy in the Commonwealth. Site includes links to projects, articles and editorials, and “Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy – 2001” a downloadable report.

Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community DevelopmentDivision of Municipal Development; development funding programs.

EPA New England Grants and Fundinginformation about funding, doing business with the EPA, and general environmental accounting information.

EPA New England Press Releases some examples of grants made recently.

Massachusetts Office of Business Development – Finance and Tax Incentivesgeneral loan programs for business development.

Massachusetts Small Business Association – Financinglocal financing information.


Green Building Information

Green Design Network — newsletters, regional directories for California, Florida and Georgia; links covering issues from site selection to construction.

Green Building Concepts — information exchange for home builders and upgraders. Guides to building with energy-efficiency, product tips, free newsletter, more.

Sustainable Building Resources — more resources for building projects, including searchable database of Green Building Professionals, bookstore, real estate listings, calendar and discussion groups.

Green Building Primer — informational article from Building Environmental Science and Technology discussing what green building is and why it is important


Housing and Sustainable Development Resources in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Rural Development Council“The Massachusetts Rural Development Council, Inc., (MRDC) a not for profit corporation, serves as a partnership between the national government, Massachusetts state government, municipalities, private for-profit and private not-for-profit sectors to provide development opportunities for rural Massachusetts residents. It is dedicated to improving the quality of life in rural Massachusetts while preserving the characteristics that give rural communities their unique sense of place.”

Franklin Regional Council of Governments“The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) is a regional municipal services and planning organization based in the upper Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts.”

The Center for Rural Massachusetts studying and promoting controlled growth in rural Massachusetts. Site includes summaries of research projects.


Local Green Business Directory

Local Greenie “Is the free local guide to socially responsible businesses, including green products and services, recycling, organic and fair trade foods, solar energy, hybrid cars, biodegradable products, and cooperative business practices.”


Organizations and Governmental Resources in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative“The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) is an an independent, economic development organization established to enhance the Commonwealth’s knowledge-based Innovation Economy. In addition, MTC administers the Renewable Energy Trust, which was established to promote the supply and use of renewable energy sources such as wind turbines, solar, hydroelectric and fuel cells. “

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association“The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the nation’s leading regional membership organization focused on promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of energy conservation and non-polluting, renewable energy technologies.” Lots of interesting links, tours of solar homes, alternate-fuel transportation, workshops.

DOER Renewable Energy ProgramsMassachusetts Division of Energy Resources (DOER) Renewable Energy Programs. Tax incentives, definitions and examples of Massachusetts area projects.

Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement ProgramInformation on environmentally considerate building materials, products and supplies. Links to general recycled product and service information.

Green Seal provides a rating system for the environmental sensitivity of products and services. Includes product recommendations.


Planning Links and Resources

Directories

PLANetizen – The Planning & Development Network – a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning and development community. Offers urban planning news, job opportunities, commentary and event calendar.

Cyburbia – the urban planning portal – Formerly the Planning and Architecture Internet Resource Center (PAIRC), this site, run by Dan Tasman, is the oldest and most respected directory of planning websites. Offers hierarchical directory of resources, forums, columns.

Open Directory – Urban and Regional Planning – One of the largest, human-run web directories; the urban planning section is well-maintained by editor Richard Carson.

Yahoo! Urban Planning and Design – Yahoo!’s well-known and eclectic urban planning directory.

Professional and Industry Associations

American Institute of Architects – The AIA is the membership association for professional architects; the site features an “architect finder”, as well as online continuing education courses.

American Planning Association – The APA is the membership association for professional planners; the most authoritative source of planning information on the web.

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning – Consortium of university programs in urban planning; their website includes a list of all accredited planning programs in the U.S. and Canada.

Congress for the New Urbanism – The most prominent and respected advocate for The Newco Urbanism; the website is a comprehensive resource for all things related to New Urbanism.

National Association of Home Builders – The voice of America’s housing industry, with a federation of more than 800 state and local builders associations.

Urban Land Institute – The ULI is the membership association for real estate development professionals; their website is a comprehensive portal to real estate research and news.

Publications

ArchNewsNow – Kristen Richards’ website and daily e-newsletter features architecture and design news from around the world.

Environmental News Network – The single-best source for daily news coverage of major environmental issues.

GEOPlace – Home of many GIS publications online and in print; the site offers access to current and archived articles of GEOWorld magazine.

Metropolis Magazine – The online version of Metropolis Magazine, which examines contemporary life through design, architecture, interior design, planning, and preservation.

PlannersWeb – Home to the Planning Commissioner’s Journal, a respected newsletter for planning commissioners and citizen planners.

Planning and Markets – Devoted to the study of planned interventions versus market approaches, P&M was the first entirely-electronic academic journal in planning.

The Planning Report – The insider’s guide to managed growth in California, featuring monthly planning news and interviews.

Research and Data

Economagic – This researcher’s paradise features a vast and free collection of easily available economic time series data useful for economic and planning research, with a focus on economic forecasting.

Government

Census Bureau – The premier gateway to all things related to the Census, demographic and business data.

Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development – The US Department of Energy’s Smart Communities Network featuring a wealth of resources for sustainable development.

Department of Housing and Urban Development – From webcasts to an online library, HUD is the portal to US housing and urban resources, including archived consolidated plan executive summaries.

Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress – This extensive collection includes several thousand historical digital images created from maps and atlases and organized into seven categories including cities, transit, landscapes, and the environment.

National Transportation Library – Run by the US Department of Transportation, this website features an impressive repository of transportation publications, statistics and other resources.

Environmental Protection Agency – Everything you always wanted to know about US environmental policies.

US Geological Survey – A large collection of data, information and maps relating to geology, biology, water, topography and mapping.

US Green Building Council – promoting enviromentally friendly buildings. Includes lists of certified projects and accredited professionals, training workshops and industry research, as well as accreditation programs.

The Natural Step – non-profit organization helping businesses and governments integrate sustainability into their operations. Research, consulting services, conferences.

Special Focus

Building America – [Select the Building America icon on the National Building Museum home page.] This educational site contains a fascinating historical perspective about land, accessible through an impressively designed interactive timeline.

Carfree Cities – Provides a collection of examples and solutions to achieve car-free cities.

Housing Zone – This web portal for professional builders covers a broad spectrum of news and topics such as affordable housing, building materials, and remodeling.

Knowledge Plex – The leading portal for the affordable housing and community development field, supported by the Fannie Mae Foundation.

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy – The Institute is dedicated to improving the quality of debate about land use and tax policy, and maintains an impressive collection of materials from past courses.

National Geographic: Sprawl vs. Smart Growth – National Geographic’s outstanding introduction to New Urbanism is only one part of their impressive EarthPulse website, which features a variety of conservation tutorials.

National Trust for Historic Preservation – A resource center for documenting, preserving, and protecting diverse historic and cultural places.

Project for Public Spaces – PPS offers technical assistance, research and education to create and sustain public places such as parks, plazas and central squares; transportation; public buildings, architecture and public markets.

Reis – Reis is the web portal for the real estate investment community offering research, news, editorials and market data for over 100 metro areas.

Sierra Club – Offers a variety of tools and information to promote responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources.

Smart Growth America – A nationwide coalition promoting smart growth; the site provides a wealth of information about how to get started in smart growth advocacy.

UrbanFutures.org – A program of Reason Public Policy Institute, the website provides an extensive database of research about market-oriented analysis of land use and economic development issues.

Regional/Local Sites

EcoCity Cleveland – Promotes ecological design, smart growth, and transportation choices in Northeast Ohio. The website demonstrates how planning theory is being applied in the region.

LUPIN: Land Use Planning Information Network – LUPIN is part of the California Environmental Resources Evaluation System, and the model site for what a state planning website should be. The website features an extensive collection of zoning codes, plans, reports, and other resources.

Michigan Land Use Institute – MLUI seeks to help Michigan avoid the patterns of suburban sprawl by offering original research and commentary about the environment, transportation, land management and conservation.

International Sites

International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism – INTBAU is a new international network for all those who design, make, maintain, study or enjoy traditional building, architecture and places.

PLANUM – The online European planning journal, featuring editorials and news from around the world.

Outside The Box

Skyscrapers.com – The leading source for information about skyscrapers around the world, featuring an impressive database of images and statistics for over 42,000 buildings.

Radical Urban Theory – A simple but elegant collection of writings and excerpts about the urban condition.

Terrain.org – A journal of the built and natural environments, featuring articles, essays, editorials, poetry, fiction, artwork, and the “UnSprawl” case studies.


Political Organizations

Clean Car Campaign — national campaign coordinated by state, regional and national environmental organizations promoting a clean revolution in the motor vehicle industry.

Co-op America — “Practical steps for using your consumer and investor power for social change.” Sustainable living tips for individuals and businesses, information about boycotts, ‘Green Pages’ searchable business directory.


Recreation Resources in Massachusetts

Pioneer Valley Aquatic Club — a competitive swimming club

Pioneer Valley Hiking Club — “The club’s primary goal is to provide hikes for people who enjoy the outdoors while practicing minimum impact guidelines, conservation and land stewardship.”


Regional Information in Massachusetts

“More To Explore” in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts — part of the Visitor Information Network System. Offers visitor’s guide, links to tour operators and meeting planners, event calendar, maps, business services, more.

Valley Advocate — Online edition of the Valley Advocate weekly newspaper. News, events, dining, culture, classified ads.

Western Massachusetts On-line Community: virtual-valley.com — local web portal. Offers links to local sites, restaurant menus, events, music, community chat, business services, classified ads, more.


Socially Conscious Investing

Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire Service — corporate responsibility and sustainability press releases, reports and news. Events, educational resources.

Institutional Shareowner — corporate social research, mutual funds and community investing information, shareowner action resources, investor tools.

Shareholder Action Network — a clearinghouse of information and resources empowering shareholders and supporting socially resposible investing.

SocialFunds.com — comprehensive personal finance site devoted to socially responsible investing. Mutual funds, community investments, research, Social Investment Indexes.

Social Investment Forum — provides research information and resources to assist in finding socially responsible investments. Includes guide to aid newcomers.

SRINews.com — Social Investment Newswire. News, emailed news alerts, investment indicator reports, mutual funds information kit.


Solar Energy Information

The Million Solar Roofs Initiative — Million Solar Roofs (MSRI) is an initiative to install solar energy systems on one million U.S. buildings by 2010. Site includes links to financial incentives, outreach tools and more.


How Solar Cells Work — informational page from How Stuff Works. Easy-to-follow explanation of the technology and its applications.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory — “The U.S. Department of Energy’s premier laboratory for renewable energy research and development and a lead lab for energy efficiency R&D.”


Sustainable Living Tips

Consortium for Energy Efficiency — The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), a national, non-profit public benefits corporation, promotes the manufacture and purchase of energy-efficient products and services.

RealMoney — a newsletter offering practical tips for individuals who wish to spend and invest their money in harmony with their values.

The Twin Cities Green Guide – while much of this site is specific to the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, there are many great articles on a wide variety of sustainable-living topics, from recipes for household cleaners to “green business” tips.


Transportation Links in Massachusetts

MassBike Pioneer Valley — bicycling advocacy group, “promoting the bicycle as a safe, healthful, enjoyable, efficient, and environmentally sound means of transportation for the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts.” Resources include bicycling tips, government contacts, newsletters.

Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition — MassBike Online – advocacy group with information on bicycling laws, transit programs, political initiatives.

Regional Travel Information Center — site offering traffic information for Route 116 and the Route 9 construction corridor, facts about commuting alternatives, upcoming events, and other information for travelers in the Route 9 corridor, and tips for avoiding construction delays.

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) — All the information necessary for using the Pioneer Valley bus system, including maps, schedules, fares and bike rack information.


Here is a list of weblinks where you can find information on sustainability.

There are lots of them. Please feel free to contact us to tell us which ones you like and to suggest additional sites–cmiller@pvpc.org. If anyone wants to volunteer to organize them, please contact me. Thank you.

Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods
The Playbook provides local governments with guidance and resources to rapidly advance green buildings, neighborhoods and infrastructure.

Green Museum
Welcome to the Toolbox for Communities. This introduction is part of an ongoing resource designed to highlight and help encourage public participation in the creation of environmental art. If art is fundamentally about communication, community-based art can help ensure that what gets made fits the people and the place and contributes to a sense of public empowerment.

PV BALLE- Poineer Valley Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Here in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts we are blessed with great natural beauty and a vibrant local living economy made up of independent businesses, wonderful family farms, educational institutions and active community organizations. It’s a rich and diverse culture and one that the Pioneer Valley Business Alliance for Local Living Economies is dedicated to protecting and strengthening.

Foundation for Global Community
The Foundation for Global Community (FGC) is the current manifestation of a series of prior organizations, all of which have made their contribution, both financially and in terms of a legacy of experience and collected wisdom, to FGC. All these organizations, Sequoia Seminar, Women to Women, Building the Earth, Creative Initiative, Beyond War, and the Foundation for Global Community, have been iterations of a fundamental philosophy.

Sustainability Institute
The Sustainability Institute. We focus on understanding the root causes of unsustainable behavior in complex systems to help restructure systems and shift mindsets that will help move human society toward sustainability. Our staff includes biologists, writers, social scientists, system dynamics modelers, and facilitators bringing a wide variety of experiences and skills to our work.

New American Dream
The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
The International Institute for Sustainable Development, IISD champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications.

ICLEI
ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability
is an international association of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development.

SSNE
Sustainable Step New England helps organizations to grow and thrive within a changing global environment
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Center for Creative Community Delopment
The Center for Creative Community Development (C3D) – a joint project of Williams College and MASS MoCA made possible through a major grant from the Ford Foundation – will serve as a national focal point for research, education and training on the role of the arts in community re-development.

Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to education for sustainable living.

CERES – Investors and Environmentalists for Sustainable Prosperity
Ceres is the largest coalition of investors, environmental and public interest organizations in North America.

climatestar.org
A partnership of Earth Communications Office and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

CNU – New Urbanism and the Booming Metropolis
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
is the leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl.

Rocky Mountain Institute
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit organization. We foster the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining.

The Conservation Economy
The conservation economy pattern map offers a visual guide to the sustainability patterns that provide a framework for developing a conservation economy.

UNEP – Creative Gallery on Sustainability Communications
A creative gallery on sustainability communications–a database of ads from around the world.

Sustainable Business
SustainableBusiness.com provides global news and networking services to help green business grow, covering all sectors: renewable energy, green building, sustainable investing, and organics.

davidsuzuki.org
Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us.

Redifining Progress – The Nature of Economies
Redefining Progress is the nation’s leading public policy think tank dedicated to smart economics. We find solutions that ensure a sustainable and equitable world for future generations.

oneearth.org
A website of inspirational environmental messages.

Ecological and Environmental Economics
A listing of more wesbites related to environmental and ecological economics.

Eco Steps – Sustainability Partner
An Australian website of sustainability consultants.

SEDAC – Environmental Sustainability Index
An Initiative of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission-provides access to the Sustainability Index.

Futerra Sustainability Communications
Futerra is a communications company. Since 2001 Futerra has built a unique expertise in communicating sustainability with clients such as Sky, Greenpeace, Royal Dutch Shell, Yorkshire Forward, the United Nations and Ben and Jerry’s.

Tufts University
Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute.

Global Community Initiatives
Global Community Initiatives (GCI) helps communities move forward with confidence and enthusiasm to achieve their vision for a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, good governance, and a sense of connection to their neighbors and the world.

Global Footprint Network
Global footprint network–supporting a sustainable economy by advancing the ecological footprint, a measurement and management tool that makes the reality of planetary limits relevant  to decision-makers throughout the world.

Harvard Innovations – Energy Resources
The Government Innovators Network is a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation for policy makers, policy advisors, and practitioners.

Grass Roots Recycling Network
The grassroots recycling network.

Green Media Toolshed
Resources for successful comunications campaigns for the environmental movement.

Fostering Sustainable Behavior
Resource for community-based social marketing–fostering sustainable behavior.

MBDC – Cradle to Cradle Community Forum
MBDC is a product and process design firm dedicated to revolutionizing the design of products and services worldwide. William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart founded MBDC in 1995 to promote and shape what they call the “Next Industrial Revolution” through the introduction of a new design paradigm called Cradle to Cradle Design, and the implementation of eco-effective design principles.

New Ecology Inc.
New Ecology, Inc. (“NEI”) was founded in 1999 to spearhead sustainable development in distressed urban communities in New England.

ImproveNet
A website full of energy conservation calculators.

Sustainable Development Indicators
A website full of links to sustainable development indicator websites and research.

Local Government Commission
The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization that provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.

Northeast Recycling Council
Northeast Recycling Council–NERC’s mission is to advance an environmentally sustainable economy by promoting source and toxicity reduction, recycling, and the purchasing of environmentally preferable products and services.

Iowa State University
Measuring Community Success and Sustainability: An Interactive Workbook
was initiated as part of a project by the Aspen Institute’s Rural Economic Policy Program, funded by the Ford Foundation.

Green Communities
Minnesota Green Communities is a collaboration of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Family Housing Fund, and Enterprise designed to foster the creation of affordable, healthier, and more energy efficient housing throughout Minnesota.

National Association of Counties
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.

Arbor Day Foundation – National Tree Trust
The Arbor Day Foundation–inspiring people to plant, celebrate and nurture trees.

U.S. Department of Energy
United States Dept. of Energy– Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.

Network Weaving
A social network blog about the creation of robust & vibrant economic and community networks… using network mapping, weaving and leadership development.

Sustainable Living Choices
Government of South Australia–sustainable living choices information.

One Day – City of Vancouver
One Day is about taking small steps to reduce energy use, at home and on the road, to make Vancouver the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world.

ACEEE – American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.

Policy Link
P
olicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®

Regional Progress
Provides a forum for measuring the San Francisco Bay Area’s progress toward the achievement of regional sustainability: a healthy environment, vibrant economy, and equitable society. Some of the people involved with the Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network have been thinking we would like to replicate this kind of a resource for our region.

Research Institute for Managing Sustainability
The Research Institute for Managing Sustainability at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration is committed to tackling the societal, political and economic challenges which arise in the context of sustainable development with interdisciplinary approaches in research, education and consulting.

Recource Renewal Institute
The Resource Renewal Institute facilitates the creation, development and implementation of practical strategies to solve the entire complex environmental problem by addressing it comprehensively.

RoadMap 2020
Saskatoon Canada’s road map for sustainability.

Sustainable Communities Network
The sustainable communities network. Communities with the greatest and most diverse citizen participation are often resilient and strong. Engaging citizens to address common issues is essential for educated decision-making. This area provides resources for encouraging civil discourse and involvement.

Score Card
The pollution information site–U.S.
Get an in-depth pollution report for your county, covering air, water, chemicals, and more.

Scottlan’ds Footprint
A resource flow and ecological footprint of Scotland.

Second Nature
Second Nature was founded in Boston in 1993 by a small group of forward-thinking leaders that included Dr. Anthony D. Cortese, Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA), Teresa Heinz Kerry, Bruce Droste, and others. This group sought to establish an organization dedicated to bringing about the change in society that is vital to the success and livelihood of every current and future living being: a change for a just and sustainable future.

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) was founded by the major building trade associations in 1980 as the Passive Solar Industries Council. While we continue to be an association of associations committed to high-performance design and construction, we have since changed our name to more accurately reflect the full scope of our efforts in the allied fields of architecture, engineering, building systems and materials, product manufacturing, energy analysis, and “whole building” design.

sustainable-development.gov.uk
United Kingdom government webiste to embed, monitor and report on sustainable development across Whitehall and the UK.

Starting Points for Sustainable Development
Best www starting points for sustainable development-many more weblinks!

Sustain Web
Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity

Sustainable Measures
Everything you want to know about indicators of sustainability.

ATA – Alternative Technology Association
The ATA (Alternative Technology Association) is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation, promoting sustainable technology and practice in order to protect our environment.

The Commons
The Commons: open society sustainability initiative. An independent platform for new thinking and worldwide collaborative problem solving.

The Conservations Fund
The Conservation Fund is the nation’s foremost environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s most important landscapes and waterways for future generations.

The New Rules Project
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) proposes a set of new rules that builds community by supporting humanly scaled politics and economics.

Center for Sustainable Innovation
Center for Sustainable Innovation, CSI, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created in 2004 by its founder, Mark W. McElroy. Its purpose is to conduct research, development, training, and consulting for, and with, companies around the world interested in achieving sustainability in the conduct of human affairs, especially their own.

RE-Sources
RE Sources is a non-profit environmental education organization founded in 1982 as Bellingham Community Recycling, now promotes sustainable communities.

tdrinc.com
What Eugene Tsui has done is create a wholly new paradigm for architectural understanding—that humanity and nature must become design partners to create a world of beauty and noble dignity fit for human beings—and we human beings have a moral obligation to create from the lessons of nature in order that both ourselves and nature can live in beauty and peace; each helping one another with ingenuity and creative insight; the imperative of the 21st century.

Sustainable Development
Worldwide web virtual library on sustainable development.

Tools of Change
Welcome to Tools of Change! This Web site, founded on the principles of community-based social marketing, offers specific tools, case studies, and a planning guide for helping people take actions and adopt habits that promote health and/or are more environmentally-friendly.

Urban Land Institute
The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

COWS – Center of Wisconsin Strategy
Center on Wisconsin STrategy, COWS is a national policy center and field laboratory for high-road economic development — a competitive market economy of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and capable democratic government.

Economic Development Council of Western MA
Economic Development Council of western MA–Founded in 1996, the EDC successfully brings together the three-county, Western Massachusetts region’s public and private leadership with one voice to create a positive environment for responsible economic growth.

Wiser Earth
Wiserearth serves the people who are transforming the world. It is a community directory and networking forum that maps and connects non-governmental organizations and individuals addressing the central issues of our day: climate change, poverty, the environment, peace, water, hunger, social justice, conservation, human rights and more.

Cullbridge
CULLBRIDGE™ is a  research, marketing and communications consulting firm focused on social marketing, sustainability, green buikdings and more.

Future Friendly
Future friendly is a new initiative, a partnership between brands and leading sustainability experts, designed to help us do what we do every day in a way that promotes sustainable living without compromising on the performance we expect.

Fixing The Planet

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March 18, 2009

Pioneer Valley Sustainabitlity Meeting #10 3/18/09 Notes

Meeting at El Mercado in Holyoke

Present: Bill Baue-Executive Producer and co-host Sea Change Radio, Suzanne Bowles-Dev Dir Remineralize the Earth and Real Food, Colin Reid, Bill Bickley-Sustainability Coordinator Westfield State College, Eric Weiss-Hilltown Resource Management Collaborative and Chair of PVSN, Patrick Dufour, Catherine Miller-Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Rick Taupier-University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Kirsten Bonanza-Earththrives, Tony Dover-PVPC, Ben Ewing-ISO New England, Rose-UMASS, Aron Goldman-Springfield Institute and Policy Development Inc., Lynn Benander-Co op Power, Erin Baker-UMASS Industrial Engineering

Member Briefings:

  • Aron Goldman presented a brief overview of The Springfield Institute:  The Springfield Institute exists to bring fresh perspectives, raise the level of debate, broaden participation in the debate, support community groups, and contribute to urban transformation. We are a think tank with a twist: a central commitment to outreach, inclusion, and community organizing—for more go to: http://springfieldinstitute.wordpress.com/about Dr. Manual Pastor speaking on regional equity and social movements-12:30 3/30 at Urban League in Springfield.
  • Lynn Benander discussed the upcoming Co op Power Sustainable Energy Summit, May 1-2 at UMASS-Amherst. Lynn asked members to participate by spreading the word and running sessions.
  • Transition Towns—Pvsustain is collaborating with the US Transition Towns network to host a Transition Training in Amherst on April 25-26.
  • Bill Bickley-Westfield State College is holding their annual Sustainability Fair on April 22-Earth Day
  • Bill Baue-Solidarity economy conference April 7th at the UMASS Eisenberg School
  • 3/22 7 pm First Churches in Northampton—“From oil dependency to local resilience”

Sustainability Network Internal Update:

Tony Dover gave an update on the new pvsustain website—now at www.pvsustain.org

Eric Weiss presented an update on the efforts of the Coordinating Committee to plan for sustainability of the PVSN. Committee is working on a framework for and fee structure for membership and developing an organizing document to explain the PVSN. PVSN will also produce an annual report on each years’ activities. Goal is for $30,000 annual operating budget (increased to $50,000 based on costs to date). There will be a sliding scale of membership dues. Corporate sponsors will be considered. PVSN will NOT incorporate, so as to not compete with members for funding. Fees will be based on size of organization (annual operating budget? Gross income? Net profit? Number of employees?… )not sure yet).

EPA-funded Deliverables Update:

Green Building Decision Support Tool: Erin Baker, Ben Ewing and Rose provided an update on the Decision Support tool—it is targeted at homeowners and small businesses to help people make decisions about energy efficiency and clean energy additions to buildings. The tool will help people better evaluate the impact of potential investments in green energy and energy efficiency and conservation on buildings. The tool not only factors in the costs of improvements, but also consider the health and environmental benefits of possible improvements. The tool will be posted on the website and Erin, Ben and Rose would like members’ feedback.

Sustainability Indicators: Rick Taupier presented results of the working group on the sustainability indicators. Goal is to make the indicators interesting and relevant to the work of the members of the PVSN and to the Pioneer Valley in general. Staff looked at 17 other sustainability indicator projects in the country-learned from the lessons of other projects to keep the list small (12-18 indicators) and to make sure to select indicators for which data is readily available. The final proposal was presented (see website under indicators for list) and enthusiastically endorsed by the members. Additional indicators may be added over time, including a happiness index. This may require additional funding.

Other sustainability indicator projects to learn from:  Hazel Henderson and Calvert Quality of Life; Mark Nielski—BC indicators that supplant GDP; Human Development Index—original alternative to GDP.

It was agreed that Network members and staff should apply for funds over time to develop data sets to add to the current list of indicators.

Indicators left off proposed “final”initial list:

Carrying capacity—overlaps with biodiversity
Carbon footprint
Toxics in newborns
Leadership accountability—don’t know how to measure so voter participation is a proxy
Homelessness—put it back in final list!
Neighbors you know—how to measure??
Land Use change—only measured from time to time and inconsistently
Libraries and other cultural activities—little support in voting
Triple bottom line companies—no good data at this time
Volunteers and giving—don’t know how to collect

Additions (other than happiness mentioned above) may include energy efficiency—comparing energy use to income—if income is going up but energy use stays flat, that suggests energy efficiency. Toxic Release Inventory data—eminently available. PERI at UMASS has air quality data. Local food v. ag land available. Water quality. Occupational safety—OSHA injuries. Triple bottom line companies. Labor union membership data is easily available.

On the website once we post the indicators we must explain EVERYTHING-and make it clear that we would like to add indicators as time and funding allow. Also—don’t just post numbers—have stories with pictures to illustrate what the indicators mean.

Rick will see what he can collect and present preliminary baseline at May 13 meeting

Comments/Questions about presentation of indicators on website:

How will we get at income distribution? And differences between rich and poor—will it be a statistic or comparisons?
Will information be presented community by community and/or the region as a whole?
What is our goal with these indicators? Research shows that flat income distribution makes a healthier community.
Locally owned businesses v. sustainable business models—perhaps look at % of income in the business.
B-corp membership-set of hard indicators, but had to qualify.
BALLE membership v. or in addition to labor union membership?

Rick will send what he has by 5/1/09 so members can review and prepare for discussion at 5/13 meeting.

Members agreed to think about how they can help with data collection for indicators.

Conclusion of Indicator discussion:

Members want the indicators to move the region toward sustainability. Indicators will fit into a story of who we are as a region, where we are now, and where we are going and most importantly-how people and organizations in the Pioneer Valley can plug in to our work and DO something to enhance sustainability in the region.

Members would like to have this conversation in a bigger way with a larger group. Bill Baue is in conversations with WGBY about facilitating this conversation regionally via tv and radio.

Next Meeting—Wednesday, May 13 in Greenfield or Amherst
8-11
8-8:30    breakfast and informal networking
8:30-9    formal networking
9-10    PVSN updates
10-11    EPA funded deliverables updates

Initiatives

Art Contest
Artists and inventors throughout the Pioneer Valley (Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties), Massachusetts, were invited to submit their ideas and concepts for a project that will result in a representation of sustainability. The artwork ‘Table set forever’ won and is now making the rounds of PV towns.

Meetings
The Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network has been meeting since 2007. We meet bimonthly on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Newsletters
Read the current issue and sign up for the E-Newsletter.

Events
There are so many wonderful events related to sustainability happening here in the Valley and around the region.

Sustainability Decision Tool
An excel spreadsheet developed by Prof Erin Baker (Univ of Mass) and Ben Ewing (Grad student) as a tool to help someone gage and improve their energy usage in their residence.

Who We Are

pvSustain participants include representatives from many groups:

Hilltown Resource Management Cooperative
Westfield State College Sustainability Program
Partnership for a Healthier Springfield
Pioneer Valley Sustainable Investing Summit