About Us

Mission Statement

The Network for a Sustainable Tomorrow is a community-based network of programs working towards social, environmental, and economic justice and equity in our region. NEST catalyzes and convenes new initiatives and partnerships, and does outreach and education to build a stronger and more resilient Southern Tier.

History

NEST (Network for a Sustainable Tomorrow), was formally known as the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC) and was formed in mid-2008 following a series of community forums on sustainability and a community visioning session. NeST currently connects with countless local organizations, businesses, and individuals through its events, programs, listservs, and Facebook.

Organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we have been refining the strategies we need to take to achieve the promise of improving the quality of life in the eastern Southern Tier of New York today, without compromising the quality of life of future generations.

Guiding Principles

That future is more local than global as we transition to an ecological/complex systems model to address our challenges.

In governance, politics and community development we are moving toward multi-cellular/molecular inter-locking and adaptive living networks collaborating at ever increasing speeds to achieve well-being.

Growth is no longer the prime measurement of progress. well-being, equity, prosociality, and improved quality of life for all are the new metrics we are concerned with.

Wealth creation requires a multi-disciplinary approach that starts at the neighborhood/community level. wealth creation is comprised of seven forms of wealth capital that, in addition to financial capital, include built, individual, intellectual, natural, political and social capital

Creating a society of stakeholders is one of the keys to unlocking our true potential for interconnection and living inter-dependently.

Board of Directors

Chris Burger, Chair

Jamie Atkinson, Treasurer

Dave Currie

Erik Jensen, Secretary

Peter Knuepfer, Vice Chair

Robert Lofthouse

Christopher Rounds