Sustainability reporting initiative. Will you join us?

April 17, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

The following message is from Ed Barry, Sustainable Living Advisor to the Population Institute. Please respond to Ed at
Unfortunately, the reporting requirements set up under NEPA have never addressed these sustainability goals or the above question. The Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) was charged with the responsibility of producing an annual Environmental Quality Report (EQR), but the annual reports that were produced and transmitted to Congress never actually addressed this macro-sustainability question. The annual EQRs were discontinued in 1995.

The executive branch, and specifically the CEQ, is in the process of taking “Steps to Modernize and Reinvigorate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).” The public comment opportunity that is associated with this executive branch initiative gives us an opening to make the point that long-term macro-sustainability concepts should be included in national environmental quality evaluation and reporting processes, and that meaningful annual environmental reporting to the nation should be re-established.

The two documents below this message provide 1. Additional background information on the subject and 2. A first draft “Call to Action.” The latter document is a preliminary draft, offered for discussion purposes and as a way to begin the collaborative process of collecting thoughts, comments, and other suggestions for improvement.

Please let us know your thoughts on this subject, whether or not your organization wishes to participate in (and/or endorse) this collaborative activity, and your suggestions about others who might be interested in this effort. We hope to assemble a sizable group of participants and endorsers. We have already received substantial positive interest in this endeavor, and there is a good possibility (thanks to the support and efforts of the National Council on Science and the Environment), that our recommendations will ultimately be presented in person to members of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality.

Thank you, and we look forward to your response.

CEQ Background Briefing Paper (Word doc., 47 KB)

CEQ Call for Action (Word doc., 37 KB)

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