Agenda for a Sustainable America

Published in 2009, Agenda for a Sustainable America is a wide-ranging assessment of U.S. progress toward sustainable development since the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. It also contains recommendations for the next five to ten years. Agenda is both a policy analysis and a set of practical recommendations that citizens, corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and government officials can use. The book’s 31 chapters cover a wide variety of subjects and are written by experts in their fields.


Far more than a report card on the disappointing performance of the United States in fulfilling the pledges made at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Agenda for a Sustainable America tells us where we should go from here. The book lays out, sector by sector, what is needed to shape a brighter future for the nation and, by extension, the world community. The next administration would be wise to use this as a guide book for its policies.
Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund
With chapters from a wide range of leading thinkers An Agenda for a Sustainable America blazes a trail toward environmental progress across a broad spectrum of critical issues. Must reading for the new President–and for all of us.
Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University
Sustainability is seldom described with the depth, scholarly detail, and richness of this work. It is the sector-by-sector primer for what must be done to preserve our grandchildren’s rights to the nation they will inherit.
Donald Kennedy, President Emeritus of Stanford University
Agenda for a Sustainable America covers the gamut from air pollution to zoning regulations in assessing where we stand in sustainability and what we need to do to meet the challenges of the future. A follow-on to Stumbling toward Sustainability, Agenda is a must-read for the next Congress, as well as America’s leaders in business, state and local governments, education, and civil society.
Paul R. Ehrlich, coauthor of The Dominant Animal (Island Press, 2008) and Bing Professor of Population Studies and professor of biological sciences at Stanford University