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Earth Charter US

Our Mission Statement

The Earth Charter US (ECUS) mission is to inspire, educate, and engage people in the United States to implement The Earth Charter's vision and principles in their personal lifestyles, institutional policies/practices, educational policies/curricula, and community initiatives.



12th Annual Earth Charter Community Summit

October 16th, 2013

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Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions will host its annual Earth Charter Community Summit and Awards Program on Saturday. This year’s awards program will celebrate the remarkable work of six individuals and groups in our community. They join 82 former award recipients.

The efforts of each of these honorees make a difference every day in the lives of Ventura County residents and the world.

The charter presents four principles. They are ecological integrity; social and economic justice; democracy, nonviolence and peace; and respect and care for the community of life. The focus of Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions is “making the connection” between these critical areas and the fate of the planet.

The 12th annual Earth Charter Community Summit is once again co-sponsored by the Ventura College International Studies Program. This year’s festivities have been expanded and will include the first Earth Charter Film Festival. It will be held on Thursday and Friday at Ventura College’s MCW 113 lecture hall, from 7 to 10 p.m.

There will be four films screened and three of the four are from local filmmakers who will be in attendance for discussions after the films. The films are: “Ground Operations: Battlefield to Farmfield,” “Afghan Girls School,” “Voices of the Homeless” and “Do the Math.” All of the events are free.

This year’s Earth Charter honorees are:

- Respect and Care for the Community of Life: the Afghan Girls School Project for making education possible for Afghan girls in refugee camps.

- Ecological Integrity: Larry Yee of the Food Commons, which is dedicated to sustainable agriculture efforts that will leverage, support and enhance existing and emerging regional food systems.

- Social and Economic Justice (Richard Weinstock Memorial Award): FOOD Share for its tireless ongoing efforts to share local bounties with the hungry in our communities.

- Democracy, Nonviolence and Peace (Betty Eagle and Bill Hammaker Memorial Award): Moses Mora for community and peace building through his artistic and communication skills.

- Youth Education and Outreach: Patricia Lynn-Strickland for raising consciousness of our youth and community to the critical issues of our time through theater.

- Earth Charter and the Arts: the Rivera Family for engendering the traditional values of our diverse cultural world through Mariachi music.

What: Earth Charter Community Summit and Awards Program.

When: Saturday, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: Guthrie Hall, Ventura College.

Information: To learn more about this free event, visit www.c-p-r.net or call 340-7073.

Sixth Annual Sustainable Business Awards

October 14th, 2013

SBCTBLogoSixth Annual Sustainable Business Awards
A Program of the Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay
Earth Charter US
University of Tampa Center for Ethics


Sustainable Business Awards is an annual awards event since 2008 that has recognized and honored for profit businesses in the Tampa Bay Area that engage in practices that not only increase economic opportunities but also improve the environment and community. A sustainable business award focuses on the wellbeing of people, planet and profit.

The Award uses criteria based on the Earth Charter, a global declaration of universal responsibility for a sustainable future that offers an ethical framework for sustainability and the Global Reporting Initiative considered to be the international gold standard for the measurement of sustainable business.

The Sustainable Business Awards Event is held annually in partnership with the Center for Ethics at the University of Tampa. The Awards luncheon will be held at the University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center Friday, April 11th 2014. During the event large, medium and small businesses are recognized based on their contributions to building a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay. Criteria development and business evaluation is accomplished by University of Tampa MBA students under the guidance of UT faculty in the Sykes College of Business

Please provide the information below to be eligible for an award. The due date for the submission of the Nomination Form is November 1, 2013.

See the 2013 Winners HERE.   Please note that previous Sustainable Business Award Winners are listed HERE

Please remember that only for-profit organizations are eligible for nomination. All information on this survey will be kept confidential. Return the Nomination Form to Dave Bechtold at [email protected]

Access the Nomination Form in Doc Format Here.  Access the Nomination Form in PDF Format Here

Waste Resource Management Forum

September 12th, 2013

Waste Resource Management Forum:

Tools & Techniques for People, Planet & Profit

Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center 9th Floor
Sponsored by:

Speakers include: Don Ross, Director of Operations at Kessler Consulting:“Six Steps to a Successful Waste Assessment @ Work”

Jo Lee Potts, ISO Engineer for BIC Advertising and Promotional Products North America:“Identifying Waste Opportunities In Business”

Neil Beckingham, Sustainability Manager at Mosaic Company:”Sustainability & Waste Management

Cost $10. (includes cocktail and appetizers) To Register click here

Networking Breakfast Update

August 19th, 2013


Sustainable business enthusiasts enjoyed connecting with likeminded folks while admiring Uriah Urban Farms’ Living Wall of produce at the Roosevelt 2.0 on Friday, August 16. The event was organized by Earth Charter US in partnership with the University of Tampa’s Center for Ethics and hosted by David Smiles from Coastal Wipers and Uriah Urban Farms.


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Neil Beckingham-Mosaic Company, Shani Kruljac—Kessler Consulting, Mary Milne—Tampa Bay Times Forum, Don Ross—Kessler Consulting, Dan Verreault—University of Tampa’s Center for Ethics and Jan Roberts, Earth Charter US

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Miriam Zimms from Kessler Consulting speaking about upcoming Waste Resource Management Forum being held at University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center on October 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

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Stephen Koontz from Tampa Bay Trane and Marco Oliveri from Delta M.

nw Jan Barna--Kreher Architects, Nancy Walker--Walker Brands and Jennifer Baldwin, BKS Partners

Jan Barna—Kreher Architects, Nancy Walker—Walker Brands and Jennifer Baldwin—BKS Partners.

Shani Kruljac-Kessler Consulting, Angela Ruth--Tampa Downtown Partners and Brent Fernandez, University of Tampa's Center for Ethics Board.

Shani Kruljac—Kessler Consulting, Angela Ruth—Tampa Downtown Partnership and Brent Fernandez—University of Tampa’s Center for Ethics Advisory Board.

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George Sherman and Val Gallina—Earth Charter US learning about Uriah Urban Farms’ Living Wall from designer David Smiles.

Happy 13th Anniversary, Earth Charter!

June 28th, 2013

On June 29, 2000, the Earth Charter officially came into the world at The Hague Peace Palace in the Netherlands.  In the 13 years since then, many of us have been inspired by the Earth Charter’s ”sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family, the greater community of life, and future generations.”


Here’s an idea.  Let’s celebrate the 13th Anniversary of the Earth Charter by creating an online space where we can share our own stories.  We can tell each other how we’re bringing the Earth Charter to life in our homes, schools and communities.  We can light up each principle with our own artwork and stories, music, videos and lesson plans.  We’ll show what we’re already doing — and invite others to join in the fun!  We’ll make it a serious kind of cooperative game for people and planet.


We can start today.    Here’s how:

  • Take a look at the simplified version of the Earth Charter below.
  • Then, at the end of this blog post, please write a sentence or two about what you’re already doing to bring the Earth Charter to life.
  • Let us know how you could share that experience during the next year.  You can express it through any of the arts - stories, photos, videos, presentations, games, dance, music — no limits!
  • If you need help, Earth Charter US wants to do whatever it takes to share your story with the world in the most effective way.
  • Please plant your Seed Ideas below.  Let’s watch them grow over the next weeks and months.

We’ll see what we can create for the 14th Anniversary of the Earth Charter at this time next year!

If you have any questions, or want to support someone in growing their seed idea, contact Sue Blythe at [email protected].

Earth Charter - Simplified

We are living at a critical time for the Earth community.
Earth provides everything we need.
People have upset the balance of nature.
All people must join together to care for Earth and for one another.

Respect Earth and all life.
Protect and restore the web of life.
Guarantee that everyone has enough to meet their basic needs.
Treat all living beings with respect and consideration.
Every person, every community can play a part.

Please post a sentence or two below:

  • How are you helping to bring the Earth Charter to life?
  • How can you express that through the visual, performing or language arts?


Earth Charter Fest

June 26th, 2013

A fantastic celebration of the Earth Charter!

Learn More

Earth Charter Fest is a three day festival from November 1 to 3 with exhibitions, concerts, films and banquets to “Celebrate & Promote the Wellbeing of People & the Planet through Conviviality, Arts & Culture”. Fest activities reflect the Earth Charter principles for Respect for Nature, Human Rights, Economic Justice and a Culture of Peace.

Participating venues include Museum of Science & Industry, The Florida Aquarium, Tampa Theatre, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Julian Lane Riverfront Park, WEDU Television Broadcast Studio, and Café Hey.

ExxonMobil’s CEO Asks: ‘What Good Is It to Save the Planet?’

June 1st, 2013

Why would we be surprised? This is what sustainability is up against. Read the whole article here.

The Earth Charter Principles and Poverty

April 8th, 2013

The Earth Charter Principle III. 9 says “Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.” We are not doing very well.

International support key to MDG progress, says top UN official

Challenges remain for world’s poorest countries despite poverty alleviation under 2015 targets, says UN undersecretary general

“…half of people in the LDCs – the world’s poorest 49 countries – still lived below $1.25 a day, the World Bank’s measure of extreme poverty.”

See the entire article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/apr/05/international-support-key-mdg-progress

Sign up NOW! Earth Charter International Education for Sustainability

March 19th, 2013

Enjoy learning about Education for Sustainability with the Earth Charter
in beautiful Costa Rica!


 Learn how to implement the ethical principles of sustainability in your school or classroom.

Join other educators for a one week intensive program which will provide you with ideas, resources and skills for implementing ESD in your work environment.

 The program introduces sustainable development, and the implications it has for education, learning, and change.  Using a holistic and integrative approach, it explores practical methods for introducing the values of sustainability, as articulated in the Earth Charter to schools and classrooms.

This program draws on the most recent understanding from the neurosciences to inform your teaching. Assessing the skills and values of education for sustainable development (ESD) pedagogy will be addressed.

 A Certificate on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter will be awarded upon completion of the course (CEU credits will be available).

 Find more information in this website, or in this BROCHURE


Tampabay Company in Alignment with YES! Magazine Co-ops

March 1st, 2013

Shared ownership of businesses is an emerging driving force in the New Economy. Marjorie Kelly, a fellow with the Tellus Institute and director of ownership strategy with Cutting Edge Capital consulting group, writes in her book Owning Our Future that the new model of ownership, which she calls generative ownership, is private ownership with a purpose of serving the common good. It includes different forms like cooperatives, employee owned firms, community land trusts, community banks, credit unions foundation-owned companies and many others. It is the anti-dote to what she describes as extractive ownership featuring absentee owners, short term profits, and a disconnect with the common good.
This month’s YES! Magazine is devoted to how cooperatives are leading the way to empowered workers and healthy communities. There are an amazing number of diverse examples of cooperatives in the field of banking, healthcare, utilities, manufacturing and food. “Cooperatives have a 200-year history of helping people get through hard times. And now they’re on the rise again, partly as a response to the economic meltdown, but also because they’re a way of doing business that respects workers, consumers, and the environment.” http://yesmagazine.org
Suncoast Co-op is one of Tampa’s examples of shared ownership. It is comprised of only farmers and growers. Anyone with a plot of land and willing to sell their locally grown produce or foods can be a part of the coop. A small percentage of the profits each farmer makes is taken to cover the overhead costs like running the website. Suncoast Coop has programs to create economically just and fair trade partnerships; as well as programs to help local growers develop their business by placing more products on their online cooperative marketplace.
All of their work involves local community engagement. In addition to partnering with nonprofits to develop market gardens, they do perma-blizing, a reminder of the barn-raising tradition. Ten to twenty farmers volunteer to work on another farmer’s land. When a farmer or grower attends three of these volunteer perma-blitzes then one perma-blitz is done for his or her garden.
The growers view sustainability as a lifestyle. There are no pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified foods for the consumption of people in the Suncoast area. Recycling is second nature, where growers use compost as fertilizer, reuse bags and cartons, collect rainwater, and view trash as a resource.
Suncoast Coop uses an innovative online marketplace to allow their growers to sell their products directly to customers. They also work with their self employed producers to provide them employment and help them with customer relations and customer needs.
Suncoast Coop is a viable local example of the shared ownership model that is becoming such a strong force in this New Economy nationally.