In the News: The Heat Is on to Avert Global Warming through Sustainable Planning!

Released on November 02, 2011, the United Nations 2011 Human Development report warns that climate change-related droughts, floods, and rising sea levels could reverse improvements made to millions of people’s lives, while also stating that achieving sustainable living is a matter of basic social justice.

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NEW! Supreme Master Television SOS

As reported on October 27, 2011 attempts by the Mexican government to offset the effects of climate change are being hampered by further extreme weather events, with torrential rains in the southern state of Tabasco preventing reforestation activities while prolonged drought in the north has indefinitely delayed the planting of some two and a half million saplings. Other sites on climate change and human development are included here.

NEW! NIRSA — The Sustainable Council for Sustainability in Higher Education

A well-known sports athlete, Bill Ling (new member of the Sustainability Council) participated in the national conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in October, 2011. He also sat in on a variety of education sessions and spoke with many professionals and students active in bringing sustainable practices to their campuses. He said that although the progression to educate others and develop new practices will be slow, it is important to stay vigilant and persistent in working towards sustainability.

NEW! A Conversation with Dr. James Hansen

Dr. James Hansen, NASA’s top climate scientist, speaks out about global warming. Andrew Revkin, Reporter for the New York Times interviews Dr. Hansen, a Professor at Columbia University who sees new evidence accumulating that we are pushing the climate system towards the tipping point. His latest trouble on speaking out resulted in a warning of dire consequences and is warned that government scientists can freely discuss science but not to speak out about their findings.

NEW! Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act (CAA)

As outlined in the March 2011, United States Eastern Protection Agency report, sustainability is more cost effective. Thus, the Clean Air Act (CAA) can provide more benefits than cost! According to this study, the direct benefits from the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments are estimated to reach almost $2 trillion for the year 2020, a figure that dwarfs the direct costs of implementation ($65 billion). The report was updated in April 2011. Going green is a positive step forward!

NEW! National Geographic Aims To Be International Leader

Stepping up to the plate to promote sustainability by The National Geographic Society and want to be an international leader for global conservation and environmental sustainability. Learn more about the society’s green philosophy and initiatives. Also, see cool water footprint calculator!

Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE): Advancing Interdisciplinary Study of People and the Environment (find it on ipl2)

This research center disseminates information from the “study of pressing global problems stemming from interactions between human activities, natural resources, and the environment.”

The International Ecotourism Society (find it on ipl2)

Travel help, tips, and FAQ sheets for travelers who “tread lightly” as well as helpful articles and research services for ecotourism professionals. Find out more about The International Ecotourism Society here.

Sustainable Furnishings Council (find it on ipl2)

Provides visitors with resources to help “green” their homes, companies, and stores, as well as a glossary of key terms relating to sustainability, and a resource library that links users to related sites.

Washington State Department of Ecology: Sustainability, Waste Reduction and Recycling (find it on ipl2)

A great resource of links to material describing programs for sustainability, waste reduction, and recycling in Washington state. This source links to items such as a “pocket reference” [that] further explains sustainability while providing examples of sustainable behaviour.

Greener Choices — Consumer Guide (find it on ipl2), launched on Earth Day 2005 by Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, is a Web-based initiative to inform, engage, and empower consumers about environmentally-friendly products and practices. offers an accessible, reliable, and practical source of information on buying “greener” products that have minimal environmental impact and meet personal needs.

NEW! Landscape for Life: A Sustainable Cities Initiative

Landscape For Life shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm, or the common area of your condominium. It is filled with information on water conservation, regionally-appropriate plants and mulching.

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