09.26.2012 Adaptation & Ecosystem Services in Bangkok
In addition to Thailands forward thinking investment in the regulating services of the watersheds of Bangkok, there are other exemplary valorizations of ecosystem services present in the city. Specifically, this is the valorization of cultural services within the urban ecosystem itself. These benefits are too often overlooked by cities. The cultural services of ecosystems can be recreational, aesthetic, and spiritual, and include the tourism industry as well.
07.17.2012 From Civil Society to Vibrant Community Movement
Sometimes the formal language we use to describe what we do just doesnt capture the full experience. Yes, its true that civil society and advocacy are the correct technical terms. But when you get right down to it, the work itself is a lot more exciting and engaging than that.
07.10.2012 Toward A More Resilient Vermont
This fall, ISC will launch the Resilient Vermont Project, an 18-month effort to help our state to prepare for, respond to and bounce back from future natural disasters.
07.02.2012 Time To Go Retro
What difference can building efficiency make to your communitys energy footprint? All around the world, city and community leaders are grappling with this question.
05.31.2012 Alcoa Foundation features the EHS Academy in Annual Report
Grants from the Alcoa Foundation enabled ISC to address urgent environmental and health issues in Chinas factory to the world.
05.30.2012 Creating Healthy and Fit Cities
Eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, stay connected to friends and family weve all heard this advice when when it comes to our personal health, but what about the health and fitness of the cities we live in?
05.15.2012 Toward Our Sustainable Future: Cities Lead the Way
In our new series, Lessons from the Leading Edge, well be sharing the work of sustainability leaders in cities around the U.S.
01.12.2012 Florida Counties Band Together To Ready for Warmings Effects
While U.S. action on climate change remains stalled, four south Florida counties have joined forces on the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact to plan for how to deal with the impacts.
10.18.2011 Meet China's Eco Cops
To enforce new rules from the government and U.S. companies, ISC's EHS Academy is training a new breed of worker in China: A consultant who helps factories adhere to standards, without causing outrageous costs.
09.08.2011 GE Foundation Report Highlights ISC's Environment, Health and Safety Academy
GE highlights the way ISC's Environment, Health and Safety Academy is effectively transforming the way Chinese companies view and mitigate environmental health and safety issues, altering the way the Chinese government itself looks at EHS issues, and measurably reducing greenhouse gas emissions and their numerous adverse effects on both the planet and its inhabitants.
08.19.2011 $1M Grant Awarded to Montpelier Group
"Our job will be to create a peer learning network from the start," said Steve Nicholas, the institutes vice president for U.S. and climate projects. "To learn from each other and coach each other and improve on the work that they are doing."
07.05.2011 Ukrainian Trail Group Visits ISC
ISC was delighted to host a group of conservationists and sustainability practitioners from Ukraine, who were in Vermont to learn about how they might take lessons learned on the state's famed Long Trail and apply them to the proposed Transcarpathian Hiking Trail in Ukraine.
06.24.2011 USAID and ISC Celebrate Anniversaries with Ben and Jerry's
Said Jerry: "It's so inspiring to meet people like the staff at ISC and USAID...The least I can do is bring ice cream."
06.15.2011 Chinese Educators Recognize ISC's Community-Based Education for Sustainable Development
In May, 2011, ISC hosted an international forum in Guangzhou, China, bringing together teachers, government officials, nonprofits, and scholars to network and share best practices on Education for Sustainable Development. The forum was the capstone of the Guangdong Environmental Partnership program's ESD initiative, highlighting the community-driven approach of promoting environmental awareness and behavior change in the industrial province of Guangdong, which other educators can replicate in communities across China.
06.01.2011 Creating a New Vision of Economic Growth
The idea of economic growth as an unquestioned force for good is ingrained in the American psyche. But longtime environmental leader Gus Speth argues it's time for the U.S. to reinvent its economy into one that focuses on sustaining communities, family life, and the natural world.
05.13.2011 USAID Mission in Asia Highlights 3 ISC Projects
In its May 13 Weekly Report, USAID's Regional Environmental Office in Asia highlighted our EHS Academy, GHG Accounting Initiative, and Education for Sustainable Development project.
05.12.2011 Wakulla County Represented at Sustainable Economies Leadership Academy
"Like a lot of coastal communities, we are on the cusp of redefining ourselves," said Paul Johnson, who represented the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce. "What we learned at the academy will help a lot. It was a great opportunity for Wakulla County."
04.12.2011 PBS's NewsHour highlights ISC's Environment, Health and Safety Academy
In a segment called China Weighs Environmental Concerns Against Economic Growth, PBS's NewsHour discusses the profound impact that China's industrial growth has had on the environment and greenhouse gas emissions — and how ISC is working to change that through our Environment, Health, and Safety Academies.
02.01.2011 Low Carbon Urban Development Training in China
ISC partnered with the Xiaolan municipal government to deliver a training workshop on innovative and low carbon urban development strategies, as part of our Climate Leadership Academy in China.
01.30.2011 Kosovo Moves to Stub Out Smoking in Bars
Threats of fines are giving teeth to a five year old anti-smoking law. Kosova Advocacy and Development Center, one of ISC's National Advocacy Partners, has been one of the law's prime advocates.
01.10.2011 Environmental Scholar Gus Speth to Give Lecture
on New Economics
Says Speth, who serves on ISC's board, "We need to reinvent the economy, not merely restore it. The roots of our environmental and social problems are systemic and thus require transformational changethe shift to a new economy, a sustaining economy based on new economic thinking and driven forward by a new politics. Sustaining people, communities and nature must henceforth be seen as the core goals of economic activity."
01.07.2011 Using Low Carbon Planning Tools and a Translated Climate Action Plan in China
Portland, OR shares its Climate Action Plan with Chinese cities, and ISC's U.S.-China Partnership for Climate Action (PCA) program helps Chinese city officials use new planning tools.
12.14.2010 Gay Rights Activist Takes Post in Serbia Socialist Party
Gay rights activist Boris Milicevic says his election means "great progress has been made in the political landscape".
11.29.2010 Role Models: Young and Old Community Members in China Inspire Local Action to Save Energy
In Doumen Township, not far from Macau in southeastern China, Zhao Jingjing helps her neighbors identify household energy savings opportunities. Zhao is one of 400 "Green Guardians" in Doumen, a new volunteer force committed to educating their fellow citizens about energy use and the dangers of climate disruption.
11.05.2010 ISC Promotes Improved Occupational and Environmental Health in China
On October 28, 2010, ISC's Guangdong Environmental Partnership (GEP) Global Development Alliance conducted a full-day workshop on occupational health and risk management for 350 participants from over 200 Chinese and multinational companies
10.25.2010 3 ISC Programs Featured by USAID Mission in Asia
USAID's Regional Environmental Office in Asia highlighted three ISC programs in its October 22 Weekly Report.
10.22.2010 Harvard Recognizes ISC's Burlington Legacy Program
Harvard's Ash Center has recognized Burlington, Vermont's Legacy Program with a Bright Ideas award. Unlike other plans that define "sustainability" with an eye just to environmental concerns, Burlington Legacy includes "economic strength and vitality, social equity and quality educational opportunities for everyone."
10.12.2010 Secretary Clinton Highlights ISC's Civil Society Advocacy Institute in Serbia
"Our Civil Society Advocacy Initiative is a core element of our assistance efforts...to help strengthen democracy here in Serbia and fuel economic growth and inclusive prosperity."
09.29.2010 Berkeley Lab Presents New Energy Model at ISC-sponsored Workshop in China
This model turns the way you look at energy consumption in a city around, says David Fridley, a scientist in Berkeley Lab's China Energy Group who helped put the model together.
09.17.2010 Improving Energy Efficient Lighting in China
On August 31, 2010, ISC organized a workshop on "Energy Efficiency Lighting for Industry" in Guangdong Province. The workshop introduced local factories to new lighting technologies and products, green lighting support programs sponsored by the Chinese government, and successful case studies from factories with "best in class" lighting programs.
09.01.2010 USAID, ISC Supporting Civil Society in Serbia
ISC has announced a new round of grants to the civil sector in Serbia. The grants will go to 12 organizations that promote, in traditional and online media, activism and a change of attitude toward the protection of children, victims of violence, Roma, or the diasabled. The goal is to raise awareness about problems faced by ordinary citizens.
08.14.2010 Bridge the Gulf Youth Media Workshop Helps Gulf Coast Youth tell Their Stories
ISC's Gulf Coast Sustainable Communities Network organized a digital media workshop that helps young people tell their stories and share their challenges, particularly in the wake of the BP oil disaster.
07.28.2010 Multi-National Group of Young Community Leaders Visits ISC
A group of 26 young leaders from around the globe visited ISC as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program to learn about Vermont's experience in nonprofit management.
04.29.2010 Chinese Delegates Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast
ISc organized an exchange for eight Chinese delegates from Sichuan, who are visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast to learn about rebuilding sustainably in the wake of disaster.
04.29.2010 Chinese visitors tour Gulfport
04.20.2010 For them, Earth Day was late in coming
Sustainable Communities Network member Derrick Evans, and his community of Turkey Creek, MS, have fought hard to preserve coastal wetlands and ensure that minority areas are recognized in environmental efforts.
04.05.2010 EHS Academy: Developing Strong Local and International Partnerships
Robert Harrison, CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative, explains why CGI sees ISC's Environment, Health, and Safety Academy as a model of social, environmental and economic sustainability on a meaningful scale.
03.29.2010 Voices from the Gulf Coast
ISC is teaming up with film maker Leah Mahan and The Bridge Project to help the Gulf Coast Sustainable Communities Network learn digital media skills and work with local media artists to produce videos and photo essays that can be shared broadly on the Web.
02.27.2010 Moss Point's rebirth is focus of talks
This front page feature in The Mississippi Press highlights the fourth meeting of ISC's Sustainable Communities Network in Moss Point.
02.27.2010 Power of the Story
Members of ISC's Gulf Coast Sustainable Communities Network learn how to record their history using digital technology.
01.03.2010 Where the Action is on Climate
This NY Times editorial discusses how real climate action is taking place at the city and state levels. ISC's Climate Leadership Academy is focused on helping cities achieve their climate goals.
12.15.2009 Not Waiting on Copenhagen
ISC's own Steve Nicholas discusses some innovative steps that cities around the country are taking to increase energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint.
12.02.2009 Pam Dashiell, Lower 9th Ward activist, dies at age 61
Pam Dashiell, a Sustainable Communities Network member and civic activist who deftly galvanized her Lower 9th Ward neighbors while pushing for environmentally friendly construction, died in her home on Tuesday.
11.15.2009 A Celebration of Wine & Swine
On November 12, under the sparkling lights of the greenhouse at Gardener's Supply, nearly 200 people gathered for "Wine & Swine," a wine tasting and auction to benefit ISC.
11.04.2009 Mayor's Mission to Makeover Moss Point
Moss Point Mayor and ISC partner Aneice Liddell has big plans for her small city on the Escatawpa River, a city under economic siege long before Hurricane Katrina.
10.23.2009 ISC Founder Madeleine Kunin Awarded 2009 Eleanor Roosevelt Medal for Public Service
The former Vermont Governor, U.S. Ambassador, and author of Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women Can Win and Lead discusses receiving the prestigious award for her commitment to empowering women, children, and communities.
08.24.2009 Recent ISC Board Member Aaron Williams Sworn in as Peace Corps Director
Longtime ISC board member brings many years of international experience to the position.
08.05.2009 Environmental Education Goes Global
Nancy Humphrey Case of the Christian Science Monitor on the longtime ISC partner, Shelburne Farms and our program in China.
06.25.2009 Reflections on China
Former governor Madeleine M. Kunin on Vermont Public Radio on how ISC is helping communities and businesses in China reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
06.24.2009 Green Jobs, Green Future
Van Jones, the White House Special Advisor, answers questions from the public on the President's unfolding vision for a clean energy economy.
06.03.2009 Green Boot Camp Puts Cities Through Their Paces
Reuters reporter Zaher Karp on the Green Boot Camp held at Harvard University May 31- June 2, 2009. The camp was put on by Living Cities, ISC and the Kennedy School's Ash Institute.
05.11.2009 Who Will Be Left Behind By the Green Job Boom?
An article on Living Cities and their upcoming Green Boot Camp, which ISC is coordinating in Boston on May 31-June 2, 2009. The Camp will help cities across the country create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through large scale building energy efficiency retrofit initiatives.
05.01.2009 China's Green Innovation
BusinessWeek recognizes 10 companies for outstanding efforts to transform China's environment—including ISC's partner, GE.
04.01.2009 The Good Guys
Amanda Robb of O Magazine profiles ISC partner Mayor Xavier Bishop, calling him one of the "new eco role models."
03.25.2009 Cities, Towns Work to Combat Climate Change
ISC's Steve Nicholas weighs in on how cities and towns in the United States can address climate change—and what ISC is doing to help—with Lea Winerman of Online NewsHour.
03.19.2009 Guangdong Will Take the Lead on Professional EHS Certification
A new Environment, Health, and Safety Academy in Guangdong, China will prepare factory managers to monitor and comply with EHS safety standards.
02.10.2009 New Gulf Coast Network Brings Together Struggling Communities
Reporter Phoebe Judge of Mississippi Public Broadcasting on the launch of the Gulf Coast Sustainable Communities Network.
02.06.2009 Turkey Creek Provides Conference Lesson
Reporter Steve Philips of WLOX-TV on the conference launching ISC's Sustainable Communities Network.
02.05.2009 Ice Cream Icon is the Scoop
Reporter Mary Perez on the launch of ISC's Sustainable Communities Network in Gulfport, Mississippi.
01.22.2009 US Ambassador Philip Reeker Speaks at Ceremony Honoring Media Coverage of Nonprofits
Ambassador Reeker speaks on the role media plays in protecting the free flow of ideas at an event honoring media coverage of nongovernmental organizations in Macedonia.
11.11.2008 A Renewed Vision for a Renewed City
Money isn't the only thing needed when a Gulf Coast town coping with the double disasters of a factory closing and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina sets out to transform itself into a world class river city.
08.29.2007 Lessons from Moss Point
ISC's Betty Weiss writes about our work on the Gulf Coast in a report compiled by Rutgers University and released by the Gulf Coast Collaborative on the Katrina's second anniversary.
08.15.2007 Leading from the Ground Up
ISC's president, George Hamilton, writes about reversing climate change in InterAction's development journal.
05.31.2007 ISC on Vermont Public Radio (.mp3 podcast)
ISC's Betty Weiss and Mayor Xavier Bishop of Moss Point, Mississippi, discuss progress made since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast.
04.09.2007 Seeding New Philanthropy
ISC's Barbara Felitti writes about corporate philanthropy in Ukraine in InterAction's development journal.
03.12.2007 Moss Point and Charlottesville Meet
Reporter Mary Perez covers a groundbreaking study tour that ISC sponsored for Gulf Coast leaders.