SDI’s mission is to create, collect, and disseminate knowledge about sustainability. We have two groups of programs: research and education.


Our research programs are designed to improve understanding of the principles of sustainable development and to identify practical paths to sustainability.

The primary focus of current research is to apply concepts from complexity to develop better explanations and improved policies for sustainable development, global environmental governance, and relations between states. We also continue to research ways to generate technological innovations that are socially useful, especially to mitigate environmental harms. Our research is described in more detail here. Also see the publications that have emerged from our research.


Knowledge is useless if it is hidden or restricted to academic debates. See the publications listed on this site. SDI is now working on books on how to implement the research findings in its recent publication, especially on how individuals may transform their lives and save the planet and how business leaders can make their companies both profitable as they reduce harm to society and the environment.

For consumers, the pursuit of well-being is the path to an enjoyable life with less consumption. If we live well we can retire young and save the planet. For business leaders the pursuit of profit in a dangerously unpredictable world requires a change in organization, strategy, and operating processes that coincidentally reduce business impacts on society and environment.

Watch for books on these matters in 2014 and 2015.

Last Modified: January 15, 2014


Enjoyment and Conservation