SustainUS, Inc.

Rating: 4.8 stars   45 reviews 1,394

Issues: Children & Youth, Environment, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: P.O. Box #4 Quincy MA 02170 USA

Mission: SustainUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States. Through proactive education and advocacy at the policy-making level and at the grassroots, we are building a future in which all people recognize the inherent equality and interdependence of social, economic, and environmental sustainability. We strive to reflect our values through the diversity of members and projects, our ongoing commitment to educating ourselves and others, and the way we live our lives.
Target demographics: youth 13-26
Geographic areas served: United States of America
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 02-0710054
www.sustainus.org
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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS is a nimble and innovative non-profit, accomplishing many great things all through the efforts of committed volunteers. I attended the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit with the group, and I was blown away by the passion, dedication, and brilliance of my fellow SustainUS delegates. I don't know of any other organization in the US that allows for young people to engage with the international policy process so deeply and in such an impactful way. Because of my amazing experience with SustainUS at Rio+20, I plan to stay involved with the organization for many years.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a delegate to Rio+20 in June 2012 through SustainUS. I can honestly say that I have never met a more committed, passionate and intelligent group of young adults. They kept me inspired through the disintegration of the UN process, and they continue to inspire me. SustainUS itself provides both valuable training for budding activists and a credible organization from which more experienced delegates can conduct policy analysis, write about their experiences, and meet with governments and other non-profits.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If it were possible to find the money and to do it without changing the very democratic structure of it, I think the organization would have a lot of increased capacity if it had some paid staff.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS is an organization I hold close to my heart. SustainUS is an organization that empowers young people to become well-versed advocates for sustainability through the international arena, a network that connects young Americans around issues that matter most, and a launching pad for careers in development, sustainability, clean energy, and international relations. I owe so much to SustainUS, which opened my eyes to the possibilities in international development, education, and advocacy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the development of the youth climate movement here in the United States. SustainUS has consistently involved peer to peer education as part of its mission, teaching young leaders about international environmental policy negotiations and sustainable development solutions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create reliable funding streams to ensure the organization's work can continue and expand to reach even more young people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of working alongside the youth of SustainUS through the UNFCCC, COP/MOP processes as global youth representatives - I myself am from Canada.
The team is amazing. The people I met from SustainUS were serious and committed to their work passionate about being the strong sustainability catalyst that they are all while being fun and a pleasure to be around.
This group of well rounde, well read and true gold youth will run their country one day, and will do so with altruism and service for the greater good of all.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the motivation, enthusiasm they shared with me. Their endless passion and their abundant knowledge of the issuese. SustainUS has become one my own personal greatest resources.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

To me SustainUS is synonymous with two important qualities. First, giving youth an unprecedented voice at International forums. Second, providing a nurturing support system to explore opportunities in sustainable development and the environment.

My first brush with SustainUS was as a delegate to United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in 2007. Coming from a staunch engineering background, I was a little apprehensive venturing into the policy arena. However, SustainUS worked with me and before long I was at ease. I loved this experience so much that ever since I have been actively involved with SustainUS and the organization has lived up to its potential and beyond. SustainUS is a fantastic motivated group of people who are a pleasure to work with.

I would highly recommend SustainUS to any individual passionate about environmental issues and who is eager to make a contribution not just locally or nationally but globally.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My experience with SustainUS over the last 3 years has reinforced my interest in environmental law and policy. Consequentially, I am now pursuing a legal education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

enroll more scientists and engineers.

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Rating: 4 stars  

They are soooooooo great. Really good actions internationally.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

COP 15. Bonn 2 and three

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase south sponsorship. make everyone raise double funds to sponsor the south

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Rating: 4 stars  

Sustain US is run entirely by volunteer members, and brings together a unique group of committed young people to work on some of the most pressing issues of our time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Sustain US has given young people a platform from which to engage with international environmental issues, and played a unique role in helping raise awareness of pressing global challenges.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more resources with which to scale up its efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS is a great organization that does inspiring work for youth in the USA, and beyond. I have been involved with SustainUS since 2004 and have found that everyone involved in the organization is passionate about ensuring a more sustainable future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a member of SustainUS I gained a true sense of the international negotiation process which helped me garner both new career opportunities and professional skills. I

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money to do more great work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an Australian Youth Delegate, I engaged with youth from SustainUS at the UN Climate Conference in Indonesia in 2007. I was overwhelmed and utterly inspired by their professionalism, optimism and extraordinary work ethic. These young people are not simply aware of the problem, they are proactively and passionately making the world a better place, every day. My full support lies behind all of their endeavours as it's my firm belief that if they continue to do what they're doing, the world will thank them forever.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A number of events, documents, media stories and actions driven by both SustainUS and other youth organisations. In particular, I worked closely with SustainUS youth creating positive adn thought provoking media actions throughout the conference. Our events achieved international media coverage, including going on the cover of the Guardian Weekly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ensure that they are working proactively to campaign for 100% renewable energy implementation, without any transitional steps such as gas, which is not sustainable and will only establish infrastructure that will delay the implementation of renewables. Celebrate their successes as often as possible in order to inspire new momentum.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Working with SustainUS is inspiring. I have advised and supported the organization since its early beginnings and watched it grow to become a successful voice for youth in many United Nations processes. SustainUS attracts people that are truly out to improve the state of the world - and the organization provides them with an opportunity to connect with others and advance sustainability.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing their work firsthand at the Commission for Social Development.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...find ways to help it expand and grow exponentially!

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