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Initiatives by topic
United States topics with their own wiki page listed under See also
AMC's Mountain Watch, Citizen science and phenology monitoring in the Appalachian mountains
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
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
Community and voluntary action
Community currencies activism
Education for sustainability
Open Government Homepage, United States Environmental Protection Agency (government)
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. 
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:
CDC's Climate-Ready States & Cities Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health Care Without Harm US / Canada, press room
News and comment
2015: Surgeon General’s Prescription for Health: Walk More, September 28 
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.
National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America
Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle
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
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
Cohousing Association of the United States, site includes a Cohousing Directory
Find an Existing Tool Library, localtools.org
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 
Towards sustainable economies
Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy - Green for All, an organization whose stated goal is to build a green economy while simultaneously lifting citizens out of poverty. W - New Economy Coalition - U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) - Community-Wealth.org - Local Initiatives Support Corporation, US non-profit community development financial institution (CDFI) that supports community development corporations in 30 urban areas and dozens of rural areas in the United States. LISC's development strategy, launched in 2007, is called Building Sustainable Communities (BSC). LISC's programs are designed to meet BSC's five goals:
Educate and Empower: Tools For Building Community Wealth, democracycollaborative.org
REconomy Project: Building Resilient Local Economies, transitionus.org
Data Commons Cooperative, membership is made up of mission-driven organizations that are organizing toward a more just and equitable economy.
News: 2017: Why AnyShare is the First 'Complete' Cooperative in the US, Mar 21 
Comment: 2014: Another World Emerging? Well, Maybe. Oct 15 resilience.org/
Trees, woodland and forest
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
see separate article: US sustainable community events
News and comment
see separate article: US news
Apps for sustainability
Apps for sustainability, USA part 1 (2011, not yet updated)
Biodiversity: Mobile Budburst, Citizen Science for Plant Phenology in the USA
Urban sustainability: Walk Score, a Walk Score for any address
Citizens data initiative
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
Social inclusion: US Poverty trends, MapStory
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
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."