Communities have relied on consumption to drive economic growth and define collective prosperity but at an increasing cost to environmental quality and social equity.


"Sustainability 2.0"

Addressing consumption leads us to new solutions and multiple benefits. See how it can enhance sustainability efforts in your city. More »

Consumption is a key driver of climate change, pollution and resource depletion. And our consumer appetite compounds work and income stresses, leaving us little time to enjoy the things that really matter. We need a fundamental shift in the way we produce and consume goods and services to reorient our economic and social systems around a more sustainable model.

Cities are exploring how to advance sustainable consumption and we invite you to be part of this innovative work. This Toolkit introduces you to the key concepts and helps you get started implementing strategies in your community that can make a difference. 

Sustainability efforts are already making important contributions through energy efficiency, sustainable economic development, alternative transportation, equity and more. This Toolkit is designed to get you thinking about how these fit in the broader context of consumption and where you can take action on other equally important aspects: food, housing, and consumer goods.