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  

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  

SustainUS has been doing tremendous through the years to help build capacity of young people in the US in areas of energy policies on campus, UN negotiations on climate change (SustainUS was responsible for training and sending the US youth delegations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations for the past decade, and their delegation has always been among the best prepared and the most professional ones). SustainUS has helped to raise a whole new generation of young engaged leaders, working in different areas – science, education, politics, community organising, civil society organisations, business and culture – showing the way to a greater sustainability in the US and on the global scale.

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

building capacity of young people in the US in areas of energy policies on campus, UN negotiations on climate change, where I have had many opportunities to work together with the SustainUS' delegates inside the greater constituency of the international youth present at the UN climate talks.

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

Make even greater efforts to secure funding, through fundraising efforts, to help fuel the on-going and future campaigns and projects.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It's the only nation-wide student and youth organisation in the US working with issues of climate, energy and sustainability on such serious policy-oriented level across the entire nation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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