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  

I was a student leader with SustainUS at Cop 13 in Bali. SustainUS helped me to connect to countless leaders in the field and work together to achieve great things! I would work with them again and they deserve everyone's support!

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

Awesome!

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

Get them more support so they can have full time staff and job opportunities for young people

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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS is a fantastic organization - the best I have worked with in the environmental and international political fields. The fact that is in all volunteer run makes for an amazingly robust and cooperative organization. A fantastic model that more non-profits should follow.

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

my personal and professional life.

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

I would focus more on spreading the word and getting more people involved!

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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS gives youth the opportunity and a platform, such as UN Conferences, to become engaged with local, national, and international social issues. The organization is led by a team of volunteers that are full-time professionals, students, etc who devote their time to make this organization operational. Their level of community action and their presence in the youth activism movement is quite impressive.

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

attending a members' retreat, attending all-members conference calls, being part of the Steering Committee, and representing America as a youth delegate to 2 separate UN Conferences

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

try to raise awareness of the awesomeness of the organization and recruit more members.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS is an incredibly successful grassroots organization which facilitates amazing opportunities. I was able to attend the UN climate talks in Mexico through SustainUS and had the tools and knowledge to not only get information from the conference, but I was also able to participate in a meaningful way.

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

my level of knowledge of and appreciation for international processes. I have seen that, even on such a huge scale, youth are still capable of affecting change.

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

find a way for them to have more funding. The work they do is amazing and they deserve a way to continue that work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS is a great organization that has allowed me to connect with amazing young people throughout the US and the world working on sustainability issues. It's augmented my work in my undergrad program and given me experience and perspective on international sustainability issues that I couldn't have gained elsewhere.

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

working at the international level with other young people and SustainUSers to have a voice on sustainability issues that will impact future generations

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

I would add an international branch, not just Sustain-US but Sustain the World.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS is an incredible organization made up of the most hard working, dedicated, and passionate young people I know. I love that it is entirely youth run and all volunteer. It's also the only organization I know that really strives to connect young people to policy process at the international level on sustainability issues to enable them to make real differences in their communities and beyond. SustainUS is amazing people doing amazing things to ensure a better, more sustainable future.

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

the Agents of Change program and working at international UN negotiations

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

give them more funding so their work could be better supported and volunteers could not feel so pulled between organizing amazing programs and trying to find funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS is an awesome organization that builds capacity among young people working toward [genuine] sustainable development solutions. Check it out!

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

the increased capacity of young people within UN commissions and conventions.

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

Even more members!

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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS allowed me to participate in international negotiations and ultimately led me to a career in sustainable community building. It felt very empowering to build a collective voice among international youth and speak our truth to delegates and stakeholders from around the world.

My vote is in!

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

my professional life as a community organizer and addressing issues of sustainability and youth development

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

Practice collaborating in between conferences, and sustain the momentum built among youth at the conferences.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SustainUS is rocking. I am continually impressed that a group of passionate youth that aren't paid a dime can run an internationally prominent organization that is respected for it's cutting edge policy positions and strong engagement at UN meetings.

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

Getting to go to an international negotiations, where I got to spend time with Nobel Laureates and amazing young folks.

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

Have more people around the nation involved in it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Very organized and passionate people are involved with SustainUS. Pure dedication to the international climate movement!

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

Learning how to survive at a UN conference and feel I can make a difference while there.

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

Create a manual to introduce new delegation members to the UNFCCC process. This way, when planning begins in July for the next COP in December, they won't have to start at the beginning and use time up to describe certain aspects that half the group understands and half doesn't.

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