Five Sustainability Links

The article “Thinking Beyond the Pale: Re-imagining Waste as Resource” is about the concept of “cradle to cradle” management of waste. This means “maximizing the use of what already exists, rather than producing more.” This is one major mainstay in sustainability. Our resources are finite, and thus we cannot produce infinitely.

Think outside the box! An article about the world’s largest vertical garden provides a space-saving alternative to gardening. This relates to the concept of sustainability in that it provides people with limited space the ability to grow their own food. Also, thinking about space as a limited resource in a world where the population is increasing exponentially, it’s not hard to see how a vertical garden would be beneficial.

Public transportation is a more sustainable option than each individual in a community owning a car. Take a look at some of the ways cities in the USA are envisioning the future of public transpo in the article “One Size Does Not Fit All: Different Approaches to Transit-Oriented Development.”

The move toward sustainability is “inevitable,” as is argued in this article “The Inevitability of Sustainability Politics, Technology, and Management.” The author proposes arguments for why sustainability is relevant and necessary for the present and future.

Bill Nye’s all for sustainability. He spoke at the Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska in November 2012 and stressed the need for people to “do more with less,” citing unsustainable practices as contributing to global warming.

One Texas college’s plan to become more sustainable.

IUSB has a sustainability major. Read fellow IUSB students’ experiences in and discoveries about sustainability.

Center for a Sustainable Future: more info from IUSB’s website about this subject.


More on Sustainability

The Green Register is a website devoted to sustainable products and practices. It has a daily post, “The Green Minute” that has a small way to change one’s practices to be more sustainable/environmentally friendly. This is a neat little corner of the web because not only is the information useful, but it’s updated daily and so constantly provides new information! The video Momentum 2012 is a video of a lecture given by M. Sanjayan about “What [it will] take to create a truly sustainable relationship with our environment.” He “explores how people and nature can thrive together if we reboot the environmental movement by engaging three often-ignored constituencies — the business community, the world’s two billion poorest people and today’s youth.” This is an interesting and informing video that makes a great introduction to the future of trying to make a sustainable future for our planet.

While not directly related to sustainability, the article “America the Possible: Breaking the Chains of Consumerism” offers insight into how to reduce wastefulness in America’s consumer-driven society. This article is relevant to the topic of sustainability in that it calls the consumerist economy into question and points out how wasteful and detrimental it is to the environment and the future. With a finite number of resources, consumption cannot be infinite.

A hopeful article about the strides already made in corporate America toward sustainability, “Slipping Green Through the Back Door” tells us that many businesses are making sustainable decisions even if they aren’t advertising it!

“How to Be Fully Renewable in 10 Years” — An article about Australia’s steps in the direction of becoming a country run completely on renewable resources. Bye-bye, high gas costs! So we see, there is hope that it can be done. Ten years isn’t (that) far away.

More Links on Sustainability

The Website for a business called Sustainability Matters is a great resource for other businesses that are looking to make their practices more sustainable. This website would mostly interest those in business, but it’s good for people to see that there are resources out there that help make becoming sustainable a reality.

The GSA, or U.S. General Services Administration, has a section of their website dedicated to sustainability. Their sustainability plan statement is that “The GSA will eliminate its impact on the natural environment and use its government-wide influence to reduce the environmental impact of the federal government.” They offer information about sustainability practices that are available now and have a PDF document that highlights the importance of sustainability and outlines the strategies that will be used to make our country more sustainable. This document, titled Sustainability Matters, has a lot of really great information.

An article about “zero-net energy buildings” offers a great, concrete look at what the future (and even the present) holds in the field of sustainability.

This article about “breaking the tyranny of resource scarcity” and learning to value abundance (though sustainable practices) does a wonderful job of linking the importance of sustainability to the average life of the average person. Non-sustainable resources get scarcer and scarcer. The scarcer something is, the more expensive it becomes. As most people have noticed, the cost of everything is going up. Sustainability becomes a way to reduce rising costs.

This article, found on, gives information about renewable energy sources–that is, alternatives to the energy sources the majority of Americans currently use. This provides people with information about other ways of getting energy and what the future of these energy sources may be.

Links to Sustainability

“PBL Note Sustainability of biomass in a bio-based economy” is a 22-page report released at the beginning of this month which details what is necessary in the switch from a fossil fuels-based economy to a biomass fuel-based economy. It outlines the basic findings of the report but also has a “download report” option that enables one to read the report firsthand. It also links to more related information about this topic.

While it may not be a priority in many college students’ lives, considering the impact the simple chore of laundry has on the environment is a small step that anyone can take in moving toward a more environmentally-friendly future. This article has great information about the environmental effects of washing machines and dryers and offers a variety of alternatives to them, from the complex feat of building a zero-emission wooden washer to the easier task of switching to energy-efficient detergent.

The Rainforest Alliance nformation about how the consumer can stay informed and know about some of the practices of a company at first glance. This website also has a ton more information regarding sustainability practices and how to get involved.

Here is an article about China and Sustainability. This article talks about what China’s doing to turn their practices around and make their practices more sustainable in the face of the many crises their facing due to their past and current economic policies that resulted in an “economic hyper-expansion and [the ignoring of] the damage that was being done.” One may look at what China’s facing and use it as a mirror for what is happening here or what could happen without the recognition that sustainability is important and that changes need to be made for the future.

Information relevant to the business world, or the business-minded, about the business side of “going green” is available in the article called “Sustainability in Business”. This article offers information about ways to transition to more sustainable practices without going bankrupt or losing one’s edge in the market.