|| Statewide Sustainability Programs in the U.S.
||statewide, sustainable community programs, sustainable development programs, sustainable investment
Minnesota Statewide, Outside Minnesota
|| There are over a dozen US states that have ongoing state-wide sustainability efforts.
These efforts are coordinated in a variety of different ways - many by state government, some by non-profit organizations and public-private collaborations, or businesses. Each state program offers some on-line resources that would be of use to Minnesotans, organized and searchable in ways different than NextStep (so this would be a useful complement to NextStep).
Below is a list of all the programs of which we are aware. If you know of other programs, please let us know! While each program promotes sustainability, each has a unique focus on different aspects of and approaches to sustainable development. For example, the heart of New Jersey's program is sustainability indicators.
MINNESOTA: Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network
Minnesota GreenStep Cities program
IOWA: Department of Economic Development
WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Partners for SustainAbility
NEW JERSEY: The Institute for Sustainability Planning & Governance
Sustainable Jersey at http://www.sustainablejersey.com/
RHODE ISLAND: Sustainable Rhode Island
OREGON: Sustainable Oregon
FLORIDA: Council for Sustainable Florida
Florida Green Building Coalition http://www.floridagreenbuilding.org
(note Green Cities and Green Counties program)
COLORADO: Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy
WASHINGTON: Toward a Sustainable Washington
MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts Leading by Example Program
http://www.mass.gov/envir/Sustainable/default.htm (click on "Leading by Example" under Key Initiatives on the left margin)
OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma Sustainability Network
NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina Project Green
ARIZONA: Sustainable Arizona
GEORGIA: Sustainability Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
The following three states have "green government programs", although not explicitly focused on sustainability:
INDIANA: Greening the Government
PENNSYLVANIA: Governor's Green Government Council
CALIFORNIA: Green California