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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

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

Agriculture, food

Appropriate technology

Built environment and construction

Urban planning:

Architecture and green building:

Business and industry

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

(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




Mathematics and statistics

Green living

  • 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

Foreign aid:


Food security:

Status of development:


Public health



  • 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


Water quality and analysis:

Water treatment:



Transition towns & related topics


Unclear and "big picture" articles

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


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