The Association for Sustainability is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for Sustainable Disaster Recovery in communities across the United States recovering from natural disasters.
We have found many benefits to integrating sustainability into disaster recovery. We have learned that crafting a vision of recovery that cares for and considers the future aids in the overall healing process and can add significant meaning to one’s personal recovery; constructing energy efficient structures can bring tremendous savings over the life of that building and provide a “hedge” against rising energy prices; constructing resilient and durable structures provides psychological comfort and greater protection from potential future weather events; integrating conservation practices ensure the long-term viability of community resources; incorporating new parks, bike paths, walking trails, and community gardens into the recovery adds new value to the fabric of the community and encourages residents to engage nature more.
These are just a few of the benefits we encourage communities recovering from disaster to consider. We invite you to look around our website to learn more about these practices and to see how they have been implemented across the country. And please consider becoming a member to support our work.