New Book Addresses Moving Toward Sustainability

A recently published article, Sustaining America, summarizes U.S. sustainability efforts over the two decades since the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (or Earth Summit) in 1992. It also summarizes basic findings and recommendations from Acting as if Tomorrow Matters: Accelerating the Transition to Sustainability (Environmental Law Institute, forthcoming June 2012).

Drawing on the expertise of more than four dozen sustainability practitioners in a variety of fields, the book teases from the limited progress made in the United States over the past two decades the overall patterns for that progress. It also reviews the most significant obstacles to sustainability, again showing patterns in those obstacles across a wide variety of areas. Finally, and building on this framework, the book explains in detail how to accelerate progress and overcome obstacles.  The book emphasizes climate change as a central sustainability issue.  It also emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing sustainability from a moral or ethical perspective.  The book is scheduled to be published in June prior to the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development.

The article is available at  Click on “Download this Paper.”

The book has already received significant endorsements.  For example:

“Using the knowledge and experience of leading sustainability practitioners, this book demystifies the quest for sustainability by providing a checklist of practical and tested ideas that can be used in any place or sector to create an attractive and sustainable future.”

Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund & Former U.S. Senator (CO)

For more information about the book, including how to order the book and other endorsements, see

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