Just some sample ideas to get you started.

  • These are examples, not the whole scope of acceptable articles (which would amount to many thousands of topics). Appropedia's scope is very broad and there are important areas which haven't been added here (yet).
  • Where a comment or link after a title below, it is simply a suggestion - the editor should make an assessment of whether it is a valuable resource.
  • If an article is created from one of these, the title can be removed from this page once it has become at reasonable stub page.

A decent page will include at least a description, mention of context, mention of alternative perspectives, several "See also" links and at least one good quality link under "External links."

Special pages[edit | edit source]

If you want to improve an existing basic article, see:

Agriculture, food[edit | edit source]


Permaculture design and other good practices

  • Specific techniques on each of the principles of permaculture.
  • Check curriculum of a PDC (Permaculture Design Course]] - choose one aspect/component/principle for an article.
  • Weeds


Agricultural science:

Crops, especially food crops - articles about important crops.

Non-food crops:

Appropriate technology[edit | edit source]

Built environment and construction[edit | edit source]

Urban planning:

Architecture and green building:

Business and industry[edit | edit source]

Sustainable business models:

Industrial ecology:

Natural resources:

Sustainable business practices, including:

  • Sustainable business purchasing. (Green Purchasing Asia may be a useful source - open access, and friendly to Appropedia, but copyright so can't copy large slabs verbatim.)
  • Rare earth metals - impacts, alternatives; how to make ethical purchasing decisions
  • Slave labor - allegedly used to produce goods in China, chocolate in parts of Africa, prawns in Southeast Asia... what's the evidence, and how should we respond?

Carbon cycles and climate change[edit | edit source]

(Consider wider issues around carbon, including carbon cycles, ocean acidity, other aspects of air pollution, and energy security, though obviously climate change is a particularly important aspect of carbon issues.)

Carbon management and climate mitigation policies:

Look at climate change policies and possible response in specific regions, e.g.

Low carbon technologies:

Ecology & related[edit | edit source]

Ecological footprint (note also Carbon footprint):

Environmental science


See also industrial ecology topics under #Industry.

Economics[edit | edit source]

Energy[edit | edit source]


Mathematics and statistics[edit | edit source]

Green living[edit | edit source]

  • Find good science-based advice such as http://withouthotair.com/
  • Computer
  • Efficient energy use
  • Sustainable clothing. One info source: look up Alice Payne's "Think Lifecycle" (interviewed on an ABC.net.au podcast, but might be more useful.)
  • Take tips such as these and give them some order - multiple pages, apply some critical thinking, start to identify the key actions based on the 80-20 rule (that 20% of the effort is likely to give 80% of the benefit).

International development[edit | edit source]

Foreign aid:


Food security:

Status of development:


Public health[edit | edit source]

Society[edit | edit source]


  • Examine the effectiveness of competing policies for environmental or poverty-reduction outcomes. (Look at think tank publications - summaries of good reports can be valuable wiki articles, e.g. Grattan Institute's reports on energy and carbon policies.)

Wastewater and sanitation[edit | edit source]

Water[edit | edit source]

Water quality and analysis:

Water treatment:


Transition[edit | edit source]

Transition towns & related topics

Transport[edit | edit source]

Unclear and "big picture" articles[edit | edit source]

These are suitable for keen students who have become familiar with Appropedia over some months.

In most cases the aim will be to start an overview of a broad topic, and linking it to suitable Appropedia pages, giving short summaries as appropriate.

To be sorted[edit | edit source]

Advanced[edit | edit source]

  • See also Category:Suggested projects - each page will have a "suggested project" tag, which in many cases is an idea for researching a topic.
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