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Building a Sustainable Future


We facilitate a talented global network that identifies, educates and promotes interdisciplinary solutions to improve public and environmental health for current and future generations.  

Learn more about the positive impact we strive for and join us in stewarding this process.

The ICSW is a project of the Center for Transformative Action


Keep up with educational programming, articles and events in line with ICSW goals


🌱 🌎  Happy Earth Day 2020! 🌎 🌱

May we all be reminded of Earth's boundless beauty and the importance to protect her today and always. Earth Day in the time of COVID-19 is more urgent than ever. The current pandemic has made the 50th #earthday a strong reminder that our mission should be to protect our world, our shared house.









This current crisis has led to many of us being locked down and disconnected with nature--everything being filtered with reality perceived through a screen and lens. May we all stay strong and centred. Wishing you all continued well-being for yourselves, each other, and for the planet. 



Is air pollution affecting the disease activity in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus?


Newly published article in the European Journal of Rheumatology, authored by several ICSW members 

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Interesting insights from Jonathan A. Patz, MD, MPH, author of "A Low-Carbon Future Could Improve Global Health and Save Money"

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The Lancet

January 2020

Environmental protection and human health: time for a planetary health watch!


"The scale of human impact is such that in many areas it threatens the functioning of the natural systems that sustain the health of human civilisation."

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Harvard University

Q&A: In Madagascar, climate change means public health peril.

A Discussion with Christopher Golden, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Planetary Health at Harvard 

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World Health Organisation (WHO)

Improving health--reducing health and climate risks

Many sustainable development strategies can offer significant “win-wins” for health, climate and environment – and benefits can be almost immediate.

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Harvard Business Review 

How Health Systems Are Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

The human and health impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly hard to ignore.

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Who are we?

The International Center for Sustainable Well-being (ICSW) is a group of experts and practitioners in the fields of urban policy, medicine, statistics and agro-ecology. We strive to provide the connective tissue for experts in their respective fields, as well as improved multidisciplinary knowledge to guide positive system change focused on sustainable well-being through urbanization, human health and agriculture. 

ICSW is driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a healthier place for all. Our decision-making process is informed by comprehensive empirical studies and engaging with experts in the fields of urban policy, medicine and agriculture. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact in the global community.

Our Mission 

Well-being for our planet is at the forefront of what we’re working towards. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps local and international communities be healthier and more sustainable for today and the future.

ICSW aims to:
  1. Identify, lift up and empower efforts to help people lead healthier lives and overall well-being;

  2. Connect and be lead facilitators in connectingkey groups and sectors;

  3. Shift the health paradigm (seeing health as more than just healthcare);

  4. Educate and connect youth, as well as experts in their respective fields, and provide improved multidisciplinary knowledge to help guide positive system change. 

Project Director: Winston Gilcrease

The ICSW is a project of the Center for Transformative Action

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Building a Sustainable World
The ICSW addresses three strategic areas to promote sustainable well-being:
sustainble urban development, human health, and agro-food networks.

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Sustainable Urban Development

With more people living in urban areas than ever before, and urban population expected to continually rise, cities have the potential — and responsibility — to be healthier places for humans and the natural surroundings. The challenge is for cities to harmoniously grow with the planet for generations to come. Cities occupy 2% of earth’s total land but account for 54% of the world’s population. A UN report projects that by 2030, the urban population of developing countries will double, and 90% of that increase is expected to be concentrated in Asia and Africa.

Human Health

Environmental health (EH) addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviors. It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. To give a proportion of the problem, one should bear in mind that outdoor air pollution alone caused 3.2 million premature deaths worldwide in 2015 (Lelieveld. Nature. 2015;). EH is targeted towards preventing diseases and creating health-supportive environments.

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Sustainable Food and Agriculture

When it comes to well-being and health, what we consume in terms of food has high impact on our long-term health and the environment. The development of sustainable agriculture and agro-food networks -- that is to ensure access to food in sufficient quantity and quality, as well as reduce the ecological impact through a redesign of the agricultural sectors -- is a challenge for the coming decades. Various stakeholders in the agriculture and food sectors aim to innovate strategies and healthy, sustainable interventions that find new centrality in policies of socio-economic development and regional planning.

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“At its core, the issue of a clean environment is a matter of public health.”

Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Support the ICSW

The ICSW has been established to be a platform for stewardship for positive change in the world that will continue to have a domino effect for years to come. We want to go beyond the borders of just one nation and think, act and join together globally to create participatory solutions. In other words, as the connective tissue of an international network, we want to provide the platform for young people and professionals to understand the interconnectedness of our impact on earth, and the need to protect it. 


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The International Center for Sustainable Well-being is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Transformative Action (CTA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. CTA is legally and financially responsible for all of our program activities. Please make all checks payable to Center for Transformative Action/ ICSW

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