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Sustainable Development

Organization(s) Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The CT Department of Environmental Protection co-sponsored three Sustainable Development workshops with its partners in Climate Wise and the Hartford Neighborhood Environmental Project during the last four months. Trainers from Sustainable Step New England led the three workshops, which featured "The Natural Step," a planning and decision-making tool first developed in Sweden in the late 1980s. Two workshops, one held in September 1999 and the other in January 2000 focused on sustainable development in Hartford and attracted over 75 participants from community groups, neighborhood revitalization zones, businesses, environmental justice organizations, and city officials. The other workshop, held at the state legislature in October 1999 targeted businesses and attracted a large number of the state's Climate Wise partners.

The Natural Step tool and organization started in Sweden. A cancer researcher, concerned that increasing childhood cancers were tied to environmental factors, worked with 50 other scientists to write a consensus document that lays out the underlying principles needed for sustainability.

The document is used by the world's largest manufacturers, dozens of municipalities and professional associations as a compass to guide their efforts towards a sustainable future. Follow-up sessions are planned with the state's business organizations and the Hartford groups.

More Info www.dep.state.ct.us/wst/p2/p2casest/climatewise.htm
Project Contact
Name Kim Trella
Phone 860-424-3297
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative, Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 10 No. 1, Winter 2000 [PDF]


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