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Defining Sustainability in Practice, Policy, and Law
Hosted by Northwest Environmental Training Center

Sustainability.  This is a topic getting a lot of attention these days. Businesses, governments and NGOs are talking about it.  There is a whole new “Sustainability” industry.  A periodical “Sustainable Industries” is gaining momentum. The Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) market grew from a few million in the ‘90s to over 2 trillion in the U.S. last year. Over half the Global Fortune 500 companies are issuing “Sustainability Reports.” Municipal governments are soliciting assistance to develop “Sustainable Development Plans”.  But the word “sustainable” means different things to different folks and there is a lot of confusion in the field.  

This one day class clearly defines sustainability:  in theoretical and practical terms.  The first half of the day will cover definitions, an introduction to trends in business, international, national and local policy, and emerging laws, with case studies from business and government demonstrating the topics covered.  The second half of the day will give an introduction to sustainability in practice: sustainability tools, performance metrics and reporting, and a range of case studies of governments putting sustainable development into action and businesses benefiting in the near- and longer-term.  It will close with a discussion of the risks, liabilities and opportunities in sustainability.   

The class is intended to provide senior managers and executives of NGOs, governments, and businesses a solid understanding of where the sustainability movement comes from, where it is, and where it is headed.

Tuition: $295 (*$250 reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members).

For general information contact Kristine Robson by telephone at 206-762-1976 (Fax: 206-762-1979) or via e-mail at

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