Sustainable Development

Three Visualizations of Footprint Trends, 1961-2014

We used the Google data platform to create visualizations of three trends from our new National Footprint Accounts 2018 Edition, which launched Monday, April 9, in Europe and will launch Monday, April 16, in the United States. In the first... Read More

Has humanity’s Ecological Footprint reached its peak?

Humanity’s total Ecological Footprint—a measure of global demand for natural resources—remained virtually constant in 2014 compared to 2013, according to new data released by Global Footprint Network today at an event at Oxford University. In another positive sign, the global... Read More

Sustainable development: two indices, two different views

It’s been a busy day for launching new country rankings. Today (July 20), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) released a 427-page report ranking countries by 77 indicators tied to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals approved last year. The... Read More

Imagine happiness treading lightly on the Earth

How did you celebrate UN World Happiness Day last Sunday? All of us had plenty to chew on with the release of the World Happiness Report 2016—the fourth edition since 2012. Prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an international... Read More

Committing to a New Future

The United Nations launches global goals to achieve humanity’s collective dream: sustainable development This week marks an extraordinary moment for humanity. Representatives of 193 nations are convening in New York at the United Nations to launch the Sustainable Development Goals... Read More

New pilot project to empower villagers in India

For the first time, Global Footprint Network is partnering with other NGOs to support both sustainable and human development at the community level in India. While Global Footprint Network projects often target decision-makers at the national, sub-national, and city levels,... Read More