Sustainability Websites To Watch

Whether you are looking for information, throughout provoking images, entertainment, inspiration or to think creatively about environmental problems and a world of solutions – these green focused websites prove you need look no further.

Grist

Time magazine referred to Grist as, “The Colbert Report of climate change, The Daily Show of deforestation, the Oprah of oil dependency — except with real reporting

and analytical journalism.”

This highlights the delicate balance Grist maintains bringing together humor and serious environmental journalism. With tag lines such as “Gloom and doom with a sense of humor” and “A beacon in the smog,” this Seattle-based, online magazine has been publishing environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999.

Topics:

climate and energy, food, cities, living, urban planning, public transportation, business, politics

Worldchanging

Worldchanging declares its mission this way:

“Worldchanging is a solutions-based online magazine that works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it’s here. We only need to put the pieces together. Informed by that premise, we

do our best to bring you the most important and innovative new tools, models and ideas for building a bright green future.

We don’t do negative reviews – why waste your time with what doesn’t work? We don’t offer critiques or exposes, except to the extent that such information may be necessary for the general reader to apprehend the usefulness of a particular tool or resource. We don’t generally offer links to resources which are about problems and not solutions, unless the resource is so insightful that its very existence is a step towards a solution.

We pay special attention to tools, ideas and models that may have been overlooked in the mass media. We make a point of showing ways in which seemingly unconnected resources link together to form a toolkit for changing the world.”

Worldchanging publishes a mix of essays and interviews; shorter original reviews, letters from the field (conference reports, lab visits, notes from correspondents’ travels) and think-pieces; and blog posts “highlighting the best coverage of new ideas and innovations from around the Web.” From time to time, the site posts radio-style podcasts and online videos as well.

OF NOTE:

Architecture for Humanity acquired Worldchanging and all its assets. Starting in November 2011 the Worldchanging website will begin to merge with Open Architecture Network to create a robust and informed network to bring solutions to global challenges to life. Post merger we will retain the Worldchanging name.

By combining the two sites we can evolve into a robust center for applied innovation and sustainable development. The combined strength of these communities, both created out of the TED Prize, will help spur innovation, learning, and best practices.

The new site, which will be managed by an independent entity, will include project management tools, offer case studies on innovative solutions and provide tools for aid and development organizations evaluate their programs in the field.

Topics:

stuff, shelter, cities, communities, business, politics and planet

Think Progress

Think Progress is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF). The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization. Through this blog, CAPAF seeks to provide a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies.

ThinkProgress was voted “Best Liberal Blog” in the 2006 Weblog Awards and chosen as an Official Honoree in the 2009 Webby awards. It was also named best blog of 2008 by The Sidney Hillman Foundation, receiving an award for journalism excellence. In 2009, ThinkProgress was named a “Gold Award Winner” by the International Academy of Visual Arts.

In particular, Joe Romm, the Editor of Climate Progress should be notes, as New York Times columnist Tom Friedman called Climate Progress “the indispensable blog” and Time magazine named one of the 25 “Best Blogs of 2020.″ In 2009, Rolling Stone put Romm #88 on its list of 100 “people who are reinventing America.” Time named him a “Hero of the Environment″ and “The Web’s most influential climate-change blogger.” Romm was acting assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy in 1997, where he oversaw $1 billion in R&D, demonstration, and deployment of low-carbon technology.

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