Sustainus, Inc.

Rating: 4.8 stars   45 reviews

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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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: 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: 5 stars  

SustainUS does amazing work in the US and internationally to raise awareness about climate change and important issues faced by the global community today. It is an inspiring network of youth advocating for change and showing how young people truly do care about world affairs.

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

Raising awareness about climate change

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

Get more people involved!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to SustainUS by my students at College of the Atlantic in 2006, and quickly found the commitment and vitality of SustainUS to be amazing. It is one of those rare "organizations" that is totally volunteer and yet LIVES its purpose in a sophisticated and effective way.

I don't know of another association of young people capable of such leadership on the major challenge of our times -- the transition to a sustainable, fair and just society.

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

The results of SustainUS participation in international climate negotiations are tangible and apparent

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

I would work to increase its visibility on college campuses which are not now active.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS is an incredible organization that empowers youth to be involved on the international stage, advocating for action on climate change. They promote education and bring a knowledgeable team of youth to the UN Climate Negotiations. They are known , even in the US government, as being educated on par with high level NGO representatives and other government observers. They give US youth a voice in the international policy making arena.

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

My work as a youth advocate and college tudent, and also afterwards in my work at the US State Department

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

Increase its capacity to fund students who cannot fund themselves, and promote its services to a wider base of youth.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

passionate youth determined to create a better world - what could be more effective and inspirational?

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

building networks, changing international policy, organizing grassroots events, publishing youth scientists

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

increase their budget to allow more low income youth to participate fully

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I traveled with SustainUS to Mexico for COP16. It was an amazing experience. Even before, I was impressed with everyone's dedication and passion for sustainable development. Not only does this organization empower young people to have their voice heard but it also works with youth from around the world to tackle the climate change crisis and make a difference on in international forums.

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

Traveling to Mexico with about 20 other U.S. young people and working with youth from around the world on climate change issues.

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

Find ways for past delegates to stay actively involved year round.

 
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