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What's New
Sierra Club urges Cleveland to use 100 percent green energy by 2050
The Plain Dealer (1/27)
The Sierra Club is bringing its campaign to replace all of the nation's coal-fired power plants with clean energy into the heart of FirstEnergy's territory because "Ohio is going in the wrong direction."

COMMENTARY: Great Lakes water is too precious not to take every step to preserve it
The Buffalo News (1/25)
The IJC wants to build new protections into the Great Lakes Compact between the two nations by adopting a policy declaring that the waters are held in “public trust.”

Give Great Lakes stronger protections, International Joint Commission urges
The Associated Press (1/20)
The U.S. and Canada have done well at preventing Great Lakes water from being overused or raided by outsiders, but should take additional steps to strengthen legal protections for the future, an advisory organization said.

COMMENTARY: Can canoeing and mining coexist? No: sulfide mining threatens our water and natural areas
Duluth News Tribune (11/1)
A key ingredient in wilderness areas and watersheds is clean water. Today, the pristine lakes, rivers and streams found in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are threatened by proposed copper-nickel sulfide mines being pushed in Minnesota.

COMMENTARY: Can canoeing and mining coexist? Yes: Northland needs both mining and pristine nature
Duluth News Tribune (11/1)
Copper, nickel and platinum-palladium sulfide ores already are being successfully mined in the Lake Superior basin in Michigan and Canada. Like the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the copper-nickel resource also is a unique natural resource.

Ontonagon selected for small harbor sustainability assistance
WBUP-TV - Ishpeming, MI (10/20)
The village of Ontonagon is one of the four communities in the state of Michigan selected for the sustainable small harbor management strategy project.

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General Resources
Critical Trends Assessment Program
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
CTAP is an on-going process to evaluate the state of the Illinois environment.

Great Lakes Sustainable Land Use
Great Lakes Commission
A clearinghouse for brownfields-related information; provides opportunities for Great Lakes jurisdictions to showcase their individual programs and activities.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
IISD, based in Winnipeg, promotes sustainable development in decision making internationally and within Canada.

Internetwork for Sustainability
Our main goal is to make information about sustainable development visible and easily accessible to anyone.

Protecting Our Waters
Milwaukee River Basin Partnership
This web site provides local governments, developers and citizens with a planning guide that encourages good land-use decisions to protect Milwaukee River Basin water resources.

Real People, Real Places
Minnesota Department of Natural resources (DNR)
Stories that illustrate the creative work of Minnesota's land managers as they figure out how best to use and protect our natural heritage.

Sustainable Development Indicators
Managed and coordinated by the SDI group with participants from twelve federal departments and agencies, Sustainable Development Indicators are various statistical values that collectively measure the capacity to meet present and future needs.

Sustainable Minnesota
Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ME3)
This site is to help citizens and organizations in Minnesota and the region get timely information to promote sustainable energy policies.

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Advocacy Groups
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
Committed to promoting land use policies and actions that will enable Pennsylvania to strengthen its diverse urban, suburban, and rural communities and reduce sprawl.

1000 Friends of Minnesota
Devoted to promoting a sustainable landscape where finite natural resources are protected, cities are vital and livable, and all citizens have access to clean air, water and soil.

1000 Friends of Wisconsin and the Land Use Institute
Educates citizens and policy makers about the benefits of responsible land use.

Michigan Land Use Institute
The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish an approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances opportunity, and protects the state's unmatched natural resources.

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Education
TEACH Great Lakes: Urban Sprawl
Many communities in the Great Lakes region are feeling the effects of urban sprawl: loss of farmland, destruction of wildlife habitats, loss of community.

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GLIN: Rural Development in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Sustainable Transportation in the Great Lakes Region
Brownfields: Sustainable Land Use (Exit GLIN)
Great Lakes Commission

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