Whether it's your dream home, a tourist operation or developing a regional or national development strategy that's sustainable,
this guide provides resources for individuals, businesses, communities and governments at all levels.

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From your home and office through to commercial projects and undertakings of regional and national significance, incorporating environmentally friendly and sustainable development design, planning and management strategies for the natural and built environments is a win-win situation.

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  • Australia's National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development Updated link(1992). So you wanna be sustainable?  Here's the checklist, with lot's of common-sense solutions.  Everything you need to consider is here, no matter what kind of development or enterprise you're contemplating.  Now in its 21st year, it's interesting to wonder whether we'd be up the flooded/fire ravaged creek as badly as we are now, had this strategy been fully embraced from the start. See also >> ESD Index which includes links to additional federal and international ESD resources.
  • Sustainable House Michael Mobbs has been living in his own Sustainable House in inner city Sydney since 1996.
  • Carbon Cops This was compulsive TV viewing, with presenters showing the victims .... er volunteers, a load of simple, practical and easy changes that saved money and in all cases, reduced their household carbon emissions by more than 50% (without sacrificing their lifestyles), and you can too!
  • ecoBiz Queensland Updated link "CCIQ ecoBiz is a free program that helps businesses save thousands of dollars across their power, water and waste bills. Through ecoBiz, businesses put sustainable ideas into practice. The free program consists of a number of tools and events including one-to-one coaching, site survey, tools to benchmark, workshops and webinars."
  • ECO-Buy "ECO-Buy supports organisations to implement sustainable procurement through our consulting services, training, resources, and events."
  • Greenfleet "Greenfleet's policy is to plant trees to create forests in areas of enviornmental concern, putting back the mix of native species that had been there originally. The trees are propagated from seed collected in the local area to provide maximum ecological benefits - reducing salinity and soil erosion, and providing essential habitat for native species. The majority of our plantings occur in winter because the rains help to get the trees off to a good start." An environmentlly friendly, ecologically restorative, feelgood way to offset your emissions from car, home and aircraft use.
  • The Griffith University EcoCentre "is nestled within the Toohey Forest on the Nathan campus of the university. ... The design and operation of the EcoCentre follow strict “eco-design” principles, and feature solar energy, ambient ventilation and lighting, rammed earth walls for temperature regulation, rainwater collection for “greywater” use, and wet composting toilets. All reflect domestic scale environmental technologies that can be used in the family home."
  • The Gumnut Awards Program Updated link "The Gumnut Awards is an environmental rating program for holiday parks caravan and RV dealers and manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. Developed by the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW and independently assessed by the University of Western Sydney, the Awards recognise caravan and camping businesses who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability and socially responsible management."  
  • The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) “...is a university research institute that creates change towards sustainable futures by conducting independent project based research for Australian and international clients.  We draw on a range of methods and tools from different disciplines, creating practical solutions to real world problems.” Updated
  • Planet Ark "Your daily guide to helping the planet. ... Planet Ark's aim is to show people and business the many ways that they can reduce their day to day impact on the environment." Australian based environmental organisation offering recycling solutions for by-products of our current lifestyles, plus Planet Ark news
  • Your Home "is a suite of guides for home buyers and renovators to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable."
  • The Green Hotels and Responsible Tourism Initiative "is an educational resource designed to help travelers, hoteliers, and local communities develop and promote environmental, social, and cultural sustainability by increasing awareness of issues affecting tourism and showcasing best green practices for hoteliers."
  • My Green Directory “started life as allthingseco.co.uk in 2006 as an eco directory supporting and promoting businesses with ethics.  Listings of companies that sourced their products sustainably were difficult to find at that time and we wanted to provide readers with the chance to find businesses that genuinely followed an environmentally friendly ethos and provided ethical, fair-trade, organic, natural, sustainable and socially responsible products and services all in one place.”
  • IISD - Business and Sustainable Development: A Global Guide "For the business community, sustainability is more than mere window-dressing. By adopting sustainable practices, companies can gain competitive edge, increase their market share, and boost shareholder value.  What's more, the growing demand for 'green' products has created major new markets in which sharp-eyed eco-entrepreneurs are reaping rewards.  This site explains the strategies and tools that companies can draw on to translate an aspiration of sustainability into practical, effective solutions. Case studies from around the world are provided as an example of each measure."
  • Business Enterprises for Sustainable Travel (BEST) "BEST's objective is to serve as a leading source of knowledge on innovative travel and tourism practices that advance business, community and travellers' interests and which also support the economic and social sustainability of destinations." Excellent series of case studies, profiles and action papers available for downloading, in PDF, powerpoint and video formats, showcasing a variety of tourism and hospitality operations, ranging from Snow resorts to Pacific Island hideaways and multinational businesses, and how they have incorporated environmentally sustainable management processes or ecotourism principles into their tourism or travel operations.  Although some reports and studies have orginally come from the WTTC and other sources, this site now provides a worthwhile collection of studies and papers, which are sure to provide useful "food for thought" and inspiration to a wide range of tourism and travel related businesses.
  • EcoBusinessLinks Environmental Directory US based. "Looking for organic food, cheap solar energy, a sustainable house, organic cotton, a vegetarian date, an organic farm, a sustainable community or eco products?" Simple table based, fast loading design to manufacturers, retailers and organisations worldwide (with focus on USA), that can supply environmentally friendly goods and services, as well as links to important regional and global resources.
  • Green Sport: A Game Everyone Wins Updated link"Environmental responsibility, increasingly recognized as a central aspect of corporate social responsibility, is important not only for recreational sport firms, but for all sport organizations. Three primary motivations for sport firms to embrace environmental responsibility as a management competency are advanced. First, sound environmental stewardship is necessary to halt environmental degradation, maintain livable environments, and ensure the long-term economic health of the sport industry as a whole. ...".
  • Leonardo DiCaprio : Eco-Site> Sustainable Practices > Home  Good looking site, with US based issues and resources info and links.  You'll spend a while looking around!
  • No Impact Man  "A guilty liberal finally snaps, swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle Nazi, turns off his power, composts his poop and, while living in New York City, generally turns into a tree-hugging lunatic who tries to save polar bears and the rest of the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his baby daughter and Prada-wearing, Four Seasons-loving wife along for the ride".  From little things big things grow#.  My first link to a blog, you might prefer to read the "The Personal Impact of No Impact" post first.  If you're not hooked and visit every other day, I'd be surprised!
  • Point Carbon  "is a world-leading provider of independent news, analysis and consulting services for European and global power, gas and carbon markets. Point Carbon’s comprehensive services provide professionals with market-moving information through monitoring fundamental information, key market players and business and policy developments." Like my old Ma used to say, "where there's muck, there's money."  Amazing how everyone jumps on the bandwagon as soon as there's a buck in it!
  • Rocky Mountain Institute "RMI advances market-based solutions, engaging businesses, communities, and institutions to cost-effectively shift to efficiency and renewables. We employ rigorous research, analysis, and whole-systems expertise to develop breakthrough insights. We then convene and collaborate with diverse partners—business, government, academic, nonprofit, philanthropic, and military—to accelerate and scale solutions." Updated
  • SustainableBusiness.com "We Help Green Businesses Grow. Sustainable businesses offer products and services that fulfill society's needs while contributing to the well-being of all earth's inhabitants." Updated
  • U.S. Department of Energy Smart Communities Network "Information and services on how your community can adopt sustainable development as a strategy for well-being. You'll be in good company. We're finding that more and more cities, villages, neighborhoods and regions are using sustainable development as a guiding principle not only for near-term projects, but also for planning their futures." Read about other communities that have discovered the benefits of sustainable development; Locate technical and financial resources that can help your community plan and carry out sustainable development projects; and Access model codes and ordinances other communities have used to implement sustainable development." Concise, informative and readable, with useful links to other related resources. Oh for the day that the "white shoe greenwash" developer brigade must heed these ideas!
  • Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association "VEVA started meeting in 1985 and formed as a non-profit society in 1987 to promote the development of clean alternative transportation with a focus on Electric Vehicles."  Great resources, even if many of them on one long scrolling home page! Loaded fast enough for me on my d/up, easy on the eye and interesting.

See also Australian Government Agencies, Ecotourism Projects & Tourism Planning, Outdoor Recreation & Adventure Activities, Development and Environment and Ecologically Sustainable Development

# From little things big things grow