Building a Sustainable Future
A 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 aligned with sustainable well-being
International Conference on Public Health and Wellbeing
2021 August 16-17
A premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Public Health and Wellbeing.
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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.
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:
Identify, lift up and empower efforts to help people lead healthier lives and overall well-being;
Connect and be lead facilitators in connectingkey groups and sectors;
Shift the health paradigm (seeing health as more than just healthcare);
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 fiscally sponsored by the Center for Transformative Action
Building a Sustainable World
The ICSW addresses three strategic areas to promote sustainable well-being:
sustainble urban development, human health, and agro-food systems.
Coming soon! In 2021, the ICSW is embarking on two specific activities to expand interdisciplinary knowledge in the three strategic areas and expand our network to advance sustainable well-being for public and environmental health! These activities include:
Video series: The Mosaic of Sustainable Well-being A video series (3-5 mins each) where we interview experts and visionaries in the fields of sustainable urban development, human health, and agro-food systems and how they connect with well-being for the planet and humans.
Sustainable Well-being educational material: We will be developing an inspiring educational toolbox to be freely distributed to young students and their educators. Young people of today will be the change makers of tomorrow. Therefore, materials targeting areas of sustainability is crucial to increase their awareness and inspire action to create a healthy planet for generations to come.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
We are deeply grateful for any support you can provide.
Thank you for considering to help further sustainable well-being for public and environmental health!
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The ICSW 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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