Tellus Institute, founded in 1976 as a non-profit organization, has a staff of 50 scientists, economists, engineers, and policy analysts. The Institute has conducted over 4000 studies and assignments throughout North America and the world. The name Tellus refers to the Roman goddess of the Earth who attended to the Earthís well-being and productivity.
Over the coming decades, society faces a profound responsibility- navigating the transition toward ways of producing, consuming and living that bequeath a sustainable world to future generations. This goal presents a critical development challenge: harmonizing the rights of the future generations to a decent environment and quality of life, with the rights of people today. These two themes- environmental stewardship and equitable development- lie at the core of the vision of sustainability and at the heart of the mission of Tellus Institute. In responding to these challenges, Tellus conducts a diverse program of research, consulting and communication. Our projects address policy and planning issues in such areas as energy, water, waste, and land use. Using state-of- the-art methods, our scientists analyze evolving problems and evaluate options for technological and institutional change. We develop and disseminate decision-support tools that are used by a diverse array of sta!
keholders to strengthen their capacity to develop effective resource and environmental strategies. Efforts to promote sustainable development must occur at every level: global, regional, national, local, and enterprise. The work at Tellus aims at all of these levels- global scenarios, regional and state strategies, community sustainability initiatives, and industrial ecology projects. Tellus staff are keenly aware of the linkages that cut across spatial levels, and across environmental, social and economic dimensions. Our sponsors- foundations, government agencies, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations and business- reflect the diversity of our research. Tellus is committed to bringing insight, vision and guidance to global participants in the transition to a sustainable society.
THE ENERGY GROUP develops energy and utility policies and strategies to achieve environmental protection, economic effectiveness, and distributional equity. Projects include technological and resource assessments, market and pricing analyses, and energy management programs. The Group provides analyses to energy and utility policymakers at consumer advocate offices, public utility commissions, and non-governmental organizations throughout North America. The BUSINESS and SUSTAINABILITY GROUP provides strategic thinking and management tools to advance corporate sustainability. Through collaborations and partnerships, Tellus works with business and its stakeholdersópolicymakers and regulators, NGOs, laboróto design and test new strategies and tools that strengthen businessí contribution to sustainable development. THE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES GROUP seeks to address todayís critical environmental issues where they are most obviousóat the local level. Issues such as disappearing ope!
n space, sprawl, contaminated abandoned industrial sites, traffic congestion, energy use, and air pollution require balanced and rigorous analysis, and creative collaborative approaches for developing solutions. We combine the conceptual with the practicalówe research state-of-the-art principles, models, and indicators of regional sustainability and provide hands-on assistance to government agencies, citizen groups, and small businesses.
Tellus Institute is the home of the BOSTON CENTER OF THE STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE, an international research organization focusing on sustainable development issues. For over two decades, SEI-Boston has worked in every part of the world on new approaches for integrated analysis, long-range strategies and policies for a transition to sustainability. In addition to providing policy-relevant analysis, SEI-Bostonís three research programs seek to build the capacity for integrated planning and action on a global level through training and partnering on projects. Our decision support tools are widely used: PoleStar for sustainable development, LEAP for energy, and WEAP for water.