Sustainable Miscellany

Every stage of life offers opportunities to become more sustainable. Following are some helpful resources.

Work, Play and Retirement

  • Green jobs: jobs.greenbiz.com; greenjobsearch.org; sustainablebusiness.com
  • Mission-oriented jobs: idealist.org; opportunityknocks.org; commongoodcareers.org; bridgespan.org; the Foundation Center’s philanthropynewsdigest.org
  • Potential jobs at benefit corporations and triple-bottom companies: bcorporation.net, which lists companies that have agreed to measure their impact on “people and the planet” and strive to maintain ethical, environmentally responsible corporate behavior
  • Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, Shannon Hayes, Left to Write Press, Richmondville, NY, 2010, on creating a viable lifestyle without a traditional job
  • Enspiral supports social enterprise ventures and social entrepreneurs.
  • Co-working resources: desktimeappcom, SpareChair (www.crunchbase.com)
  • rochdalepioneersmuseum.coop: information about the Rochdale cooperative movement
  • cultivate.coop: information on worker cooperatives (includes U.S. map pinned with worker co-op locations)
  • Local Money: How to Make it Happen in Your Community (see above)
  • The Sharing Solution (see above)
  • TimeBanks USA, https://timebanks.org, directory of U.S. time banks
  • Information about green/sustainable travel:
  • Green Travel Choice (app)
  • The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
  • Travel + Social Good
  • The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)
  • The Travel Better Club (from Sustainable Travel International
  • Adventure Junky (app)

Sustainability & Money

  • findabetterbank.com helps consumers find local banks and credit unions.
  • banklocal.info helps consumers find local banks.
  • thecommunitybanker.com, mapping.ncua.gov and www.creditunionsdirectory.com help consumers find credit unions in their area.
  • 203pioneersmuseum.coop provides a history of the Rochdale cooperative.
  • Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity, Michael H. Shuman, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT, 2012 provides an overview of how we can invest in ourselves and our local communities.
  • Local Money: How to Make It happen In Your Community (see above)

Green Death Care & Burial

  • The Green Burial Council, greenburialcouncil.org, provides information about green death care and burial and a list of certified providers.
  • Funeral Consumers Alliance, funerals.org, is a non-profit organization that protects consumers’ rights to meaningful, dignified and affordable services.
  • National Home Funeral Alliance, homefuneralalliance.org, is a non-profit volunteer organization supporting those who prefer home funerals.
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