A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment



International organizations (non-UN)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

     · "...a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to

     supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth

     in developing countries and emerging economies.”

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

     Framework for Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD Framework)

     Green Growth

Partnerships for Action on Green Economy (PAGE)

     · "PAGE brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme,

     UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research – whose mandates, expertises and networks

     combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy, ensuring coherence and avoiding duplication.

International initiatives & networks


     · “...a community that makes it easy and empowering to take collective action towards sustainability.

        We are the hub for individuals and organizations to learn, connect, and harmonize our efforts to

        effect a system change bigger than any of us.”

Earth Stewardship Initiative


Future Earth

     · “...a global network of scientists, researchers, and innovators collaborating for a more sustainable planet.”

Global Development Research Center (GDRC)

Global Infrastructure Basel

Global Network for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

Global Reporting Initiative

Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI)

     · Click on Impact>Initiatives to see several sustainability-focused initiatives.

Green Economy Coalition

International Advisory Committee on Global Bioeconomy (IACGB)

International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)


     · "...a non-profit coalition of sustainability advocacy organizations and initiatives that include

     The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green,

     Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability."

     · International Sustainability Council

Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD)

One Planet Network

     · “...a global community of practitioners, policymakers and experts, including governments, businesses,

       civil society, academia and international organisations, that implements the 10-Year Framework of

       Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production and works towards achieving SDG 12:

       ensuring sustainable patterns of consumption and production.”

Planetary Health Alliance @ Harvard University

Satoyama Initiative

Sustainability Consortium

Sustainability in the Digital Age

Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN)

Sustainable Development Institute

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Sustainable Insurance Forum

Work that Reconnects Network

Sustainability-focused NGOs

     · All environmental organizations are, in some way, working to promote sustainability; see the NGOs page for an extensive listing. Which

     of them, then, belong on a listing on this particular page on sustainability? Any which way you cut it, that's a judgement call. So what you

     see here are NGOs that self-describe as focusng on the broad topic of "sustainability." A common feature of these NGOs is that their

     "work product" mostly consists of research and analysis, and not of direct advocacy and activism.

B Team

Borgen Project


Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy

Center for Environmental Markets @ Goldman Sachs

Centre for International Sustainable Development Law

Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity


Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)

Context Institute

Copenhagen Consensus Center

Crane Institute of Sustainability

     Intentional Endowments Network

Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

EcoLogic Development Fund


Engineering for Change (E4C)


     · Environment

Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD)

     · USA office is in process of shutting down (2018)


     · "We actively promote North-South equity and the preservation of livelihoods."

Global Development Research Center

Gold Standard for the Global Goals

Green Cross International

     · "Green Cross International’s roots can be traced back to President Mikhail Gorbachev’s time in

       office as Head of State of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, a period during which he spoke

       repeatedly about the interrelated threats humanity and our Earth face from nuclear arms, chemical

       weapons, unsustainable development, and the man-induced decimation of the planet’s ecology."

    · Global Green (USA affiliate)

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability

     · Original name: International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives

Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations

     · French title: Institute du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI)

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

     · Informing business and governments around the world “to promote just and sustainable societies”

     · Center for Climate Integrity

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) [US]


          · Through ATTRA, NCAT is "committed to providing high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers,

          extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States."

New Economics Foundation


     Natural Resource Management


     · "works for the appropriate development of vulnerable communities and sensitive ecosystems of the world."

Project Concern International (PCI)

Redefining Progress

Regeneration International


Sustainable Development Network [South Africa]

Sustainable Systems Research Foundation (SSRF)

     · "SSRF’s primary goal is to become the “go-to” place for information about sustainability-related problems

          and solutions.  Our education, research and policy efforts seek to provide accurate, comprehensive,

          and widely accessible information to the public about local problems and solutions. We seek the

          enhancement of regional environmental quality and sustainability through collaborative policy

          research and project development by way of our four programmatic areas: education; research; public

          policy, and project incubation."

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Third World Network

Transnational Institute (TNI)

World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC)

Consultancies, firms and foundations

Aga Khan Development Network


Dual Citizen

Foundation for Sustainable Development


     · Strategy firm to aid companies, NGO's and governmental organizations with sustainable development

Lift Economy  

Possible Planet

PRé Sustainability


     · Advisory firm

Sustainability Knowledge Group (SKG)

Sustainable development ~ Institutions

For all UN-related information, see the SDGs page.

Contents of this page:  

     · International organizatons (non-UN)

       · International initiatives & networks

         · NGOs with economy & sustainability focus

           · Consultancies, firms & foundations