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Sustainability initiatives[edit]

Indigenous peoples[edit]

Honor the Earth - Indigenous Environmental Network - Seventh Generation Fund

Initiatives by topic[edit]

United States topics with their own wiki page listed under See also


Biodiversity[edit]

AMC's Mountain Watch, Citizen science and phenology monitoring in the Appalachian mountains

Butterfly Conservation Initiative

Center for Biological Diversity

Project Budburst, Citizen Science for Plant Phenology in the USA

USA National Phenology Network, Citizen science and research network observations on phenology in the USA

Coasts[edit]

Blue Frontier Campaign, marine conservation activist organization which has established a nationwide network of grassroots (the marine conservation community or Blue Movement calls this 'seaweed') lobbyists. It is campaigning for an American Oceans Act to protect what the members call "our public seas" and is working to improve ocean policies in the 23 coastal states of the United States. Blue Frontier supports maritime community activists by distributing model policies and practices. W

Clean Beaches Coalition

Community and voluntary action[edit]

United We Serve, an official website of the U.S. Government - Volunteering and Civic Life in America

Community currencies activism[edit]

TimeBanks USA

Cycling activism[edit]

League of American Bicyclists, The League’s Bicycle Friendly America℠ program - PeopleForBikes - Stolen Bike Registry

Education for sustainability[edit]

Center for Ecoliteracy - Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Environment quality[edit]

Open Government Homepage, United States Environmental Protection Agency (government)

Drought National Drought Mitigation Center - U.S. Drought Portal

Wikipedia: Drought in the United States, 2010–13 Southern United States drought, 2012–14 North American drought

Ethical consumerism[edit]

Center for the New American Dream - ConsumerProtect.com - GreenerChoices.org - Wikipedia: List of Fairtrade settlements in the United States

Free stuff[edit]

A potlatch is a gift-giving feast practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and the United States, among whom it is traditionally the primary economic system. Since the practice was de-criminalized in the post-war years, the potlatch has re-emerged in some communities. [1]

Health[edit]

Active Living By Design, creates community-led change by working with local and national partners to build a culture of active living and healthy eating.

Change Lab Solutions, nonprofit which offers legal information on public health issues. The website states:

‘It can be difficult—if not impossible—to find fresh, affordable healthy food in many urban and rural low-income communities. One way to make fresh produce more accessible is to encourage alternative retail outlets, such as farmers’ markets, farm stands, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, where farmers can sell their produce directly to consumers.’
Their report entitled ‘California Certified Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stands: A Closer Look at State Law’ argues for more flexible regulations. Change Lab Solutions has written a fact sheet entitled ‘Creating a Permit Program for Produce Cart Vendors.’ W

CDC's Climate-Ready States & Cities Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

GirlTrek

Health Care Without Harm US / Canada, press room

News and comment

2015: Surgeon General’s Prescription for Health: Walk More, September 28 [2]

Localism[edit]

BALLE, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies - Community-Wealth.org, a project of Democracy Collaborative - Institute for local self reliance, nonprofit organization and advocacy group that provides technical assistance to communities about local solutions for sustainable community development in areas such as banking, broadband, energy, and waste through local purchasing. The organization was founded in 1974. ILSR has two main offices, one in Washington, D.C., and the other in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The 1990 edition of the Whole Earth Catalog summarized ILSR's mission as follows: “ILSR specializes in urban community economic development that isn't dependent on welfare handouts. Unlike many similar organizations, they develop clever technical solutions to problems - they've been particularly successful in material recovery and other schemes to reduce waste. Their experience and thoroughly professional demeanor, together with a Washington DC location, has enabled them to be influential in policy decisions.” W

Open spaces[edit]

Great Old Broads for Wilderness - Land Trust Alliance - ParkGrades.com, find a great park near you

Community Greens

Communities nationwide are taking down their backyard fences; backyard commons already exist in numerous cities including Boston, Sacramento, Baltimore, New York, and San Francisco.
Community Greens are multi-functional spaces for gardening, recreation, and leisure which provide social, economic, and environmental benefits to urban residents. Communities that create backyard commons have increased interaction with neighbors throughout the planning and implementation process, which results in a stronger overall sense of community. Other social benefits include decreased crime from having more eyes on the street and having safe places for children to play and adults to relax. Community Greens, like other types of urban green spaces, significantly improve the ecological functioning of urban habitats. Vegetation and permeable pavement slows stormwater runoff and allows for groundwater recharge. This in turn reduces pollutant loads being carried to nearby waterbodies during storm events. Urban environments are often significantly warmer than outlying suburbs, mostly due to the prevalence of low-albedo concrete surfaces. City trees mitigate this heat island effect and cool the urban microclimate through shading and evapotranspiration. When neighbors take down their fences, backyards are transformed from fragmented habitats to connected corridors for urban wildlife. City dwellers recognize value in green space, often simply from an aesthetic standpoint, and this is reflected through increased property values. W

Road safety[edit]

National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit]

Drop Box Finder - earth911.com - The Swap-o-matic - US Composting Council - Post-Landfill Action Network, national movement of student leaders working towards a world without waste. - GrassRoots Recycling Network - The Repair Association - The Truth About Plastic

Wikipedia: Recycling in the United States: In 2012 the recycling rate in US was 23.8%. Since there is no national law that mandates recycling, state and local governments often introduce recycling requirements. A number of U.S. states, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Vermont have passed laws that establish deposits or refund values on beverage containers while other jurisdictions rely on recycling goals or landfill bans of recyclable materials.

News sources: Northeast Recycling Council Blog

Sharing[edit]

Pets to Share - City Dog Share

Cohousing

Cohousing Association of the United States, site includes a Cohousing Directory

Resources

Creating Cohousing, Building Sustainable Communities, by Kathryn McCamant & Charles Durrett, newsociety.com
How To Start A Tool Library (or any other type of Lending Library), Share Starter
Local Tools, rental and tool library software

Maps

Find an Existing Tool Library, localtools.org

Comment

S400: Bringing Community to the Micro-level – The Opportunities of Urban Cohousing, 2012 March 5, citytank.org

Social inclusion[edit]

Strike Fast Food, Low Pay Is Not OK - We Are Visible, empowering the homeless via social media

Sustainable livelihood[edit]

Caring Economy Campaign

Resilience Circles are small groups where people come together to increase their personal security through learning, mutual aid, social action, and community support.

News and comment

Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? February 17, 2015 [3]

Trees, woodland and forest[edit]

ACTrees, Alliance for community trees - Tree City USA

Wikipedia:

List of U.S. National Forests: The United States has 155 protected areas known as National Forests covering 188,293,938 acres (762,000 km2/294,208 sq. mi). The National Forests are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Tree City USA is a tree planting and tree care program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation for cities and towns in the United States. List of Tree Cities USA

Urban sustainability[edit]

Better Block, nonprofit that educates, equips, and empower communities to reshape built environments

Center for Community Progress

OpenPlans (Wikipedia) non-profit technology based advocacy organization which aims to help to open up government and improve transportation systems.

America Walks

Reimagining the Civic Commons - Civic Commons - Reimagining Our Cities’ Public Assets

Walkabile Communities

Small Scale Developers & Builders, information from Congress for the New Urbanism

KaBOOM!, national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty

News and comment

2017: Small Towns Can Be Resilient, Too, Mar 29 [4]

Events[edit]

see separate article: US sustainable community events

News and comment[edit]

see separate article: US news

Resources[edit]

Apps for sustainability[edit]

Apps for sustainability, USA part 1 (2011, not yet updated)

Biodiversity

Urban sustainability

  • SeeClickFix
  • Neighborland uses mobile technologies, along with other online and offline outreach activities, to engage residents and civic leaders in neighborhood development. Users can suggest development ideas and support ones that resonate with them. They can also discuss how to turn these ideas into tangible projects
  • Walk Score, a Walk Score for any address

Citizens data initiative[edit]

Data USA, "the most comprhensive visualization of US public data

Data.gov, home of the U.S. Government’s open data

Data & Society, NYC-based think/do tank focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development.

EcoWest, data, maps, graphics on environmental trends. Material published under creative commons license.

Infographic: How Green is Your State?, globalwarmingisreal.com

Pinterest: EarthShare: Environmental Data

Community resources[edit]

EveryLibrary

Funding[edit]

ioby, " built on the belief that a simple and proven tool — crowdfunding — can be put in the hands of people and communities that need it, and the results can be transformative for people, for places, and for power structures." [5]

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see also: Colorado, Food activism

Maps[edit]

Social inclusion: US Poverty trends, MapStory

Networks[edit]

EarthShare, national federation that supports American environmental and conservation charities. Its stated mission is to engage individuals and organizations in creating a healthy and sustainable environment, by promoting environmental awareness and raising funds primarily through employee workplace giving. W

Labor Network for Sustainability

The Next System Project

Personal options[edit]

Energy saving: Project Laundry List, (Wikipedia) is a New Hampshire group that encourages the outdoor drying of clothes, "making air-drying laundry and cold-water washing acceptable and desirable as simple and effective ways to save energy," as quoted from their mission statement. It supports what is sometimes called the "right to dry". It provides information to those who working to change laws that prevent neighborhoods, private housing developments and apartment complexes from outlawing clothes lines because of aesthetic reasons, under the stated principle "All citizens nation-wide should have the legal right to hang out their laundry."

Video[edit]

Visions[edit]

See also[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia:

United States
Sierra Club, environmental organization in the United States, founded in 1892, in San Francisco; article includes section on Criticism and Controversy


References

  1. wikipedia:Potlatch
  2. Shareable
  3. On the Commons
  4. fastcodesign.com
  5. ioby.org, press release, September 19, 2016


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References

This page includes Creative Commons Licensed content from the Sustainable community action wiki on Wikia.
The list of authors can be seen in the history, link via drop down menu at top left of page.