Our Vision

The mission of the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities is to promote an integrated approach to sustainability through education, public visioning, partnership, and coordination. Sustainable design is the promotion of human systems in balance with the natural environment. The Institute was established to promote an integrated approach to issues of sustainability and to facilitate this process. In our educational programs and pilot projects, the Institute provides an opportunity to explore the broad concept of ‘sustainable development’ and look further at specific applications on a project-by-project basis. Each project is different in order to cover a range of issues.


We are providing a wealth of resources to you, from Best Practices to a recommended bibiliography, from our EcoStep™ Tool for planning and measuring sustainability to a large and growing number of links to other websites of interest.

Essential Reading

The Five Domains



The Green Column

Best Practices


Recommended Links

Data and Documents Archive