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Nuts and Bolts of Sustainability Online

Magazine article Ecos

Nuts and Bolts of Sustainability Online

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Sustainable Development Online (SDO) is a growing, submissions-based international reference database and part of EnviroWindows, an environmental information website. According to the SDO website, its role is to 'map the continually changing area of sustainable development, and provide access to important websites built by organisations supporting sustainable development'.

SDO includes a search- and browser-driven catalogue containing hundreds of current sustainability related entries in the categories of:

Enterprises--specifically small and medium sized enterprises.

Networks--a variety of networks including employment; cleaner production; sustainable hfestyle and consumption; and design for sustainability.

Events--special events and conferences related to sustainable development and environmental best practice.

Tools--a reference of tools for researchers; small, medium and large enterprises; and policy makers.

Training courses--focuses on vocational (rather than academic) education and training courses available in the European Union and online distance learning courses internationally.

Each entry gives details, links and a short description. Although SDO is a European website, most of the entries in the catalogue are globally relevant. SDO accepts suggestions for new catalogue entries, which can be submitted via the site. A research team vets submissions for relevance and accuracy.

The result is a nuts and bolts website--it's not pretty, but it works, as a burgeoning starting point resource. …

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