Sustainable Development / International
S D / I provides U.S. and International sustainable development consulting services focusing in the following areas:
- Sustainability for Developing Countries
- Sustainable Energy Consulting
- Alternative Energy Development
- Energy Conservation
- Environmental Sustainability & Climate Issues
- Sustainable Energy Research
- Economic and Social Sustainability
- Legislative and Public Policy Sustainability Issues
- Energy Policy and Legislation
Common use of the term "sustainability" began with the 1987 publication of the World Commission on Environment and Development report, Our Common Future.
Also known as the Brundtland Report, this document defined sustainable development as:
"development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
This concept of sustainability encompasses ideas, aspirations and values that continue to inspire public and private organizations to become better stewards of the environment and that promote positive economic growth and social objectives. The principles of sustainability can stimulate technological innovation, advance competitiveness, and improve our quality of life.
S D / I is focused on international consulting and volunteer efforts to address world sustainability.
The needs of the developing world can seems overwhelming:
- About two billion people do not have access to electricity.
- One and a half billion people in the world do not have access to potable water.
- About one billion people live on less than one dollar a day.
- One billion people are illiterate.
- Ten million people die every year from easily preventable disease.
- Aids is killing over three million people a year.
See the Sustainable Information sources tab for data sources.
The World’s Most Effective Renewable Energy Policy
Feed-in Tariff policies are now in place in over 60 countries worldwide and are proving to be the most widespread and effective legislation for the promotion of renewables. Six US states, 2 cities and 1 Canadian province are already benefiting from FIT policies.
Good FIT legislation is simple and effective. It provides access to the grid and pays a fair price to all clean energy producers for 15-20 years. Long-term contracts between producers and utilities create a stable investment environment and make it easy to borrow and lend. FIT policies create jobs and keep the profits in the community. Homeowners, farmers, schools, cities and businesses can all profit by becoming long-term renewable energy producers.
FITs give us greater energy independence and energy security. They can be enacted in regions with municipal power plants, and at the state or federal level. More information: www.coloradoare.org