April 26, 2004

CEC, alliance partners launch on-line sustainability resource

MONTREAL, QUE-A new online database cataloguing information about sustainable consumption and production initiatives in North America was formally launched last week by the Commission for Environmental Co-operation (CEC), along with its partners. The database is an initiative of the North American Sustainable Consumption Alliance (NASCA), made up of people and organizations working to promote more sustainable consumption patterns in Canada, and the U.S. and Mexico. NASCA partners include the CEC, the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention, Environment Canada, the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Integrative Strategies Forum, the University of Sonora, and UNEP, the United Nations Environment Program. For the first time, Internet users will be able to access a single Web site, http://nasca.icspac.net, to learn about sustainable consumption projects that they can support, join or replicate in their own community. Approximately 200 initiatives and programs are listed in the searchable database, covering issues such as cleaner production, consumer products, organic products, transport, waste, procurement, poverty, tourism, trade, advertising and marketing, and children and youth. Organizations may register their sustainable consumption and production activities in the database by visiting http://nasca.icspac.net/db/. More information is available from the CEC, 393, rue St-Jacques Ouest, Bureau 200, Montreal H2Y 1N9; 514/350-4300, FAX 514/350-4314, E-mail info@ccemtl.org, Web site www.cec.org.
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