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Sustainable Development Principles

Architecture 2030 is a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization established in response to the global-warming crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. The primary mission of Architecture 2030 is to rapidly transform the US and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution relating to the global-warming crisis.

The Earth Charter is a set of principles, developed by the Earth Charter in collaboration with Green Cross International, serving as a universal code of conduct for the transition to sustainable development.

The Hannover Principles is a 70-page philosophical tract, written by architect William McDonough, that outlines a sustainable design philosophy for buildings, cities and products. Within the document, nine principles have become known as the "Hannover Principles".

National Park Service's Principles for Sustainable Design articulate principles to be used in the design and management of tourist facilities that emphasize environmental sensitivity in construction, the use of non-toxic materials, resource conservation, recycling and integration of visitors with natural and cultural settings. The National Park Service, under its Sustainable Design Initiative, developed this guidebook, entitled "Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design". Sustainability principles have been developed for several topics, including building design, site design and energy management.

The Natural Step Principles emerged from an international movement that began in Sweden in the early 1990's. Natural Step is dedicated to helping the world society reduce its impact on the environment and move toward a sustainable future.

The Precautionary Principle is a moral and political statement that scientifically guides human activities to prevent severe or irreversible harm to the environment and to human health.

Wingspread Principles were developed by attendees of the 1998 Wingspread conference, "Communities in Harm's Way: A Leadership Dialogue on Designing Disaster-Resistant Settlements", to help communities and government agencies enhance sustainability in disaster-prone communities. The principles include a checklist for disaster mitigation and a policy action framework.