EPA Requests Sustainability Guide

December 5, 2010
Reprinted from Crosslands Bulletin, December 5, 2010

EPA Requests Sustainability Guide

A potential sea change in the U.S. could be launching slightly off course.

Ralph Cicerone, Paul Anastas and Bernard Goldstein
Answering questions at the launch of the Green Book study are (right to left) Ralph Cicerone, Paul Anastas and Bernard Goldstein.
Photo: Patricia Pooladi, NAS.

The US Environmental Protection Agency wants a logical, scientific system to follow to factor sustainability concepts into all its programs. The agency has asked the National Research Council (NRC) to formulate the procedure. The recommendations are due in nine months at the latest.

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What are the Core Competencies Sustainability Professionals Need to Have?

November 2010

sustainability professionals logo To help answer this question, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) has released its study, "The Sustainability Professional: 2010 Competency Survey Report."

Ira Feldman, a member of the ISSP management team and the ISSP board, is a co-author of the report, along with Marsha Willard, Darcy Hitchcock, Warren Flint and other leading sustainability professionals.. more about Ira Feldman

The PDF report is available for free download.(size:2MB)

Climate Adaptation at the Cancun COP Meeting


December 13, 2010

With the proceedings in Cancun just completed over the past weekend, we can begin to evaluate what was achieved — and what was not addressed — at COP-16.  Real progress was made on several issues, including climate adaptation.  A Green Climate Fund under the UNFCCC will support climate adaptation efforts in developing countries.  Also, a Cancun Adaptation Framework was announced under which countries are invited to submit to the UNFCCC secretariat by 21 February 2011 views on the composition and procedures of an adaptation committee, which is supposed to help least developed countries formulate and implement national adaptation plans. 

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