Sustainable Policy Movement

These organizations include non-profits and other organizations researching more sustainable practices, working on national policy, and fighting for public interest.

The Apollo Alliance is a coalition of labor, business, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution that will put millions of Americans to work in a new generation of high-quality, green-collar jobs. Inspired by the Apollo space program, this organization promotes investments in energy efficiency, clean power, mass transit, next-generation vehicles, and emerging technology, as well as in education and training.

Center On Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) is a national policy center and field laboratory for high-road economic development — a competitive market economy of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and capable democratic government.


Corporate Sunshine Working Group – “An alliance of investors, environmental organizations, unions and public interest groups working to enforce and expand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) corporate social and environmental disclosure requirements.” Achieves mission by building a coalition of organizations and individuals requesting more enforcement from the SEC, researching corporations not abiding regulation, and educating the public about including people and the environment on the books.

Corporate Watch – A non-profit organization committed to “holding corporations accountable.” Functions as a resource on corporate globalization research, news stories, and ways to take action. Also, organizes campaigns against political campaign financing, greenwashing, and war-profiteering.

Earth Leadership Institute is a program training Northwest citizens to be sustainability leaders; site offers resources for projects for lawyers and psychologists/mental health workers for sustainability.

Environmental Defense is a leading national nonprofit organization. Their mission is to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and a flourishing ecosystem. They are renown for linking science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society’s most urgent environmental problems.

Environmental Law & Policy Center is a Midwest public interest environmental advocacy organization providing strategy for environmental policy/action and legal/policy assistance to local environmental groups; site offers accessible and detailed policy research, action opportunities, environmental directory.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a not-for-profit environmental research organization that uses the power of information to improve public health and protect the environment by reducing pollution in air, water and food. Based in Washington, D.C., and with an office in Oakland, California, EWG conducts groundbreaking, computer-assisted research on a variety of environmental issues. Recent EWG research topics have included pesticides in foods, air, and water; the cutback in energy conservation programs by California utilities; and toxic substances in beauty products.


Fighting Bob was one of this country’s first progressives. His legacy is carried on by Ed Garvey through this website. Find articles written by many Wisconsin progressives, and others critical of the current state administration. This is the only site that is directed at what is happening in our state.

Forum for the Future – A UK sustainable development charity helping businesses, government, and the public sector with sustainability issues; site has some UK futures research and link to its Green Futures magazine.

Global Exchange is an nonprofit organization that envisions a people-centered globalization that values the rights of workers and the health of the planet; that prioritizes international collaboration as central to ensuring peace; and that aims to create a local, green economy designed to embrace the diversity of our communities.In a world where the economics of quantity fuels corporate power and political greed, the elite are reaping profits while working people and the planet are left to pay the price. In response to the global degradation caused by this system of elite globalization, Global Exchange envisions an alternative economics of quality centered upon protecting international human rights to ensure that the cost of globalization does not come at the expense of us all.

Global Green USA – US affiliate of Green Cross Intl. with focus on stemming climate change, providing safe drinking water, eliminating weapons of mass destruction; site provides resources and steps for action.

The New Rules Project – “A comprehensive resource for policymakers, organizations and activists looking for innovative public policies enacted around the world that can be used to make communities vibrant and strong!” The site, run by The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), proposes a “new set of rules” which supports humanly scaled politics and economics. Some of these rules call for, “Decisions made by those who will feel the impact of those decisions,” and increasing “communities’ productive capacities to generate wealth.” The principles of “new localism” are presented through case studies, instances of “new rules” already put in place by communities around the country, and articles on the principles behind these rules.

Organic Farming Research Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to sponsor research related to organic farming practices, to disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and to educate the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues.

Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy – “We are 13 activists working with individuals and existing groups to launch democratic insurgencies that put corporations once again subordinate to ‘We the People’.” Group develops vital research and analysis: reading lists, pamphlets on critical issues, a thrice-yearly publication (By What Authority) an anthology on corporations and democracy, videos, powerpoint presentations, and workshops on strategic engagement.


Reclaim Democracy – “Restoring citizen authority over corporations.” Covering civil rights, corporate accountability, corporate personhood, globalization, transforming politics, and more, this site serves as a kind of clearinghouse for topics of interest to those concerned about the state of both the private and public sectors of the nation. A little rough around the edges in terms of format, the site offers an impressive range of information and articles, defining both the apparent problems and some possible solutions.

Redefining Progress – “Working with a broad array of partners to shift the economy and public policy towards sustainability.” Offering tools like the Ecological Footprint Calculator and the Genuine progress Indicator, information on recent policy developments, and initiatives like Environmental Justice & Climate Change, this group appears to be very engaged in the legwork that would have to go into “redefining progress”.

Rocky Mountain Institute – Non-profit advising individuals and groups on environmental energy/resource efficiency with design teams for the built environment, energy/resources, breakthrough design.

Sierra Club – One of US’ oldest, largest environmental organizations for the protection, restoration, and responsible use of earth’s resources; site has extensive resources for information, networking, and action.

Wellstone Action -Paul Wellstone was a progressive senator from Minnesota who was killed in an airplane crash in 2002. Wellstone Action is a national center for training and leadership development in the progressive movement. Founded in January 2003, Wellstone Action’s mission is to honor the legacy of Paul and Sheila Wellstone by training, educating, mobilizing and organizing a vast network of progressive individuals and organizations to engage in their tradition of politics.

Wisdom Leadership – “The Wisdom Leadership Initiative exists to explore and support the wisdom of women in leadership.” Addresses the “intuitive”, feminine side of sustainable practices, and promotes inquiry into what it means to be a wise leader – as a woman or man. Offers coaching, speakers, publications, and other resources to members.