Green Economy

Center for Land Use Education (CLUE)

Established in July 2000, The Center for Land Use Education (CLUE) is a joint venture of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Pointand and Cooperative Extension in collaboration with UW System institutions. The website provides publications, resources, and events related to the programming coordination for land use education.

Building for Sustainability (Chicago Community Loan Fund)

The Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) works with community development corporations to provide flexible financing and free or low-cost technical assistance. At the core of CCLF is green design to guide and facilitate affordable housing, economic development, and social services in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Since 1991, CCLF has provided more than $36 million in financing that has enabled the creation of more than 5,200 homes, 1,000 jobs, and over 1.7 million square feet of commercial and nonprofit utility space.

American Society of Landscape Architects Sustainability Toolkit

The American Society of Landscape Architects' Sustainability Toolkit provides policy makers and design professionals with online toolkits, assessment tools, checklists, modeling software, and case studies to help them create sustainable projects at the regional, urban, and local levels. Designed to complement an earlier series of thematic resources guides, the toolkit will include environmental, economic and social models.

Alternative Energy Press

This website provides a clearinghouse of news and information about renewable energy technologies from the alternative energy industry. On this site, you will find articles, press releases, discussion forums, and links to other media from sources like Flickr, StumbleUpon, and YouTube.

Buffalo's Green Gold Development Corporation

Incorporating a diverse Board of Directors including local environmental business leaders, environmentalists, and City Council President James W. Pitts, the Green Gold Development Corporation strives to create sustainable development, meaningful jobs, a better environment and a prosperous local economy. Established to help implement Buffalo's "Green Gold Strategy" – a strategy that seeks to transform Buffalo into a international center for companies whose products and services solve environmental problems - to date, GGDC lists 45 businesses considered Green Gold Companies. Read more about Buffalo's Green Gold Development Corporation...

Green Economy

The term “green economy” describes a sustainable economy that provides a better quality of life for all people within the ecological limits of the planet. Integral to such an economy is the creation and expansion of green collar jobs, which are an important sub-set of green jobs—i.e., all the jobs created by firms and organizations working in environmentally-focused industries. Read more about Green Economy...

Groundwork Somerville

Modeled after successful Groundwork organizations in the United Kingdom and an affiliate of Groundwork USA, a network of organizations established by the National Park Service, Groundwork Somerville is a community-based organization committed to “changing places and changing lives” through on-the-ground projects that transform local communities and empower residents.  The nonprofit runs a range of youth programs that provide environmental education, leadership development, and service opportunities, including its Green Team, a job program that enables area youth to develop tangible skills while working for positive social and environmental change.  Groundwork also runs Somerville’s first urban farm, which provides the healthy, fresh produce it donates to local food pantries and sells through its 8 mobile farmer’s markets.

Boston Natural Areas Network

Founded in 1977, the Boston Natural Areas Network is dedicated to preserving and expanding urban open space – community gardens, urban wilds, and greenways – through community organizing and development, acquisition and ownership. As of 2006, the group had preserved 40 community gardens, has gained legal protection for 831 acres of urban wilds, and has helped create the Neponset River and East Boston Greenways. Read more about Boston Natural Areas Network...

Climate Change, Community Stability, and the Next 150 Million Americans

Thad Williamson, Steve Dubb and Gar Alperovitz

Curbing carbon emissions requires far more than technical know-how. We must change not only our energy use and transportation practices, but also where and how we work and live. It also requires ending the commonplace economic practice of treating built communities as disposable items that can be abandoned when market conditions change.

The challenge is daunting. Yet it also presents an opportunity. Putting forth a vision of green community wealth building, in which community-anchored enterprises, linked to sophisticated and decentralized planning, support stable and sustainable local economies, this study outlines how truly integrated approaches can help America meet the sustainability challenge.

Growing a Green Economy for All: From Green Jobs to Green Ownership

Deborah B. Warren and Steve Dubb

This Democracy Collaborative report provides the first comprehensive survey of community wealth building institutions in the green economy. Featuring ten cases, the report identifies how policy and philanthropy can build on these examples to create "green jobs you can own."