SustainAbility Newsletter

The Sustainability Campaign

Sustainable GlobeAudubon Lifestyles and the International Sustainability Council is partnering on a project called The Sustainability Campaign.  In essence the Campaign is aimed at creating awareness about the complex issues of sustainability, while forging partnerships with Universities, Government Agencies, Businesses and Not-for-Profit organizations for the purpose of taking immediate action in regard to how we all manage ourselves within each of our personal and professional lives.

As we have said quite often, “We cannot wish ourselves to a sustainable future.  We must work ourselves to a sustainable future, one person and one place at a time.”  We cannot let ourselves become overwhelmed with the magnitude of the issues we are facing.  This will lead us to giving up and not taking any actions.  Everyone can do something, and if we all did those small things that may seem inconsequential the collective results can be huge and very meaningful.

The SustainAbility Newsletter is one communication vehicle that we have created to continue to spread the message about sustainability.  We will include what might seem like simple examples of plain old conservation techniques.  But, these plain old conservation techniques are the foundation blocks of sustainability.

The products that you choose to purchase make a difference.  The way you manage your business makes a difference.  The present sorry state of our economy is showing results of past unsustainable practices.  It is past time for a change!  We must change our ways and we must focus on sustainable economic, environmental and social practices.

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council


Green Cities

The Daily Green


Sustainability Campaign

Energy Star

Green Hotels List

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The New Fish Farming Policy

Fish FarmOn June 9, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a marine aquaculture policy in an effort to develop an offshore fish-farming industry.

Most U.S. fish farming now occurs in near-shore coastal waters or inland farms. Offshore aquaculture occurs only outside of U.S. waters. According to NOAA, the United States imports about 84 percent of the seafood Americans consume, half of which is grown in foreign fish farms.

The Obama administration hopes to encourage development of a marine aquaculture industry will create jobs in coastal communities as well as address the nation's $9 billion seafood trade deficit. However, concerned environmentalists cite concerns about the potential ill-effects of genetically altered fish escaping farms and breeding with wild populations, diseases that farmed fish could spread into wild fisheries, and the strain that offshore farms could put on the base of the oceanic food web.

The Gulf of Mexico would likely be first in line to see fish farming. In 2009, the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council approved an aquaculture plan. However, the policy was put on hold after environmental groups and Congressional leaders expressed concerns. Critics maintained that the law currently governing wild fisheries, the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Act, was not sufficient to regulate offshore fish-farming. After the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Council approved its aquaculture plan in 2009, then-House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV) sent a letter expressing concerns.

"Congress did not intend for the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to grant authority to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Regional Fishery Management Councils to regulate offshore aquaculture as fishing under the Act," Rahall said in the letter. Instead, Rahall called for "a national framework of laws and policies that dictate how aquaculture is sited, permitted, and operated in the marine waters of the United States."

Environmentalists have stated the new NOAA policy is a step in the right direction, but cautioned against moving forward without action from Congress to address environmental concerns.

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles 

The International Sustainability Council 

Sustainability Campaign

Golfs Drive Toward Sustainability

World Migratory Bird Day

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

The United States Golf Association (USGA)

Sustainable Golf & Development

Sustainable Forest Initiative

National Geographic

International Migratory Bird Day 2011


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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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