Worldwatch Institute Projects

The Worldwatch Institute focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable world. For more than three decades, Worldwatch research has been the gold standard in sustainability analysis for decision makers in government, civil society, business, and academia.

The Worldwatch Institute is currently engaged with the following projects:

Climate & Energy
Providing realistic and practicable avenues toward sustainable energy in the Caribbean and Central America.

China Program

Helping decision makers better understand the environmental challenges and opportunities facing China. 

Supporting Low Emissions Development Strategies in the Energy Sector

Supporting innovative sustainable energy solutions and assisting countries in crafting successful climate-resilient development strategies.

Sustainable Energy Initiatives in India

Working in India to advance the country's ambitious goals of increasing access to clean energy sources. 

EmPowering Africa

Combating energy poverty and promoting sustainable development throughout the region of sub-Saharan Africa. 

Developing Renewable Energy Indicators

Assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of support programs for advancing renewable energy development.

Renewables Global Status Report Series

Devising a strategy to provide citizens with essential energy services that do not disrupt the climate system, degrade the environment, or provoke conflict.

Energy Transitions in Germany and the United States

Learning about and facilitating the evolution of the sustainable electricity markets and policies on both sides of the Atlantic.

Communicating Climate Change and Clean Energy Solutions in the Philippines

Promoting sustainable growth in one of the most vulnerable country to climate change


Food & Agriculture

Nourishing the Planet

Evaluating environmentally sustainable solutions to reduce hunger and global poverty.


Environment & Society

EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet 

Experts examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting these principles into practice.

Can a City Be Sustainable?

Experts examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting these principles into practice.

Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment

Assessing the impact of family planning on environmental sustainability.

Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability

Worldwatch explores eight key threats to sustainability and how to address them. 

Governing for Sustainability

Worldwatch evaluates citizens’ ability to govern for sustainability and highlights both obstacles and opportunities.

Is Sustainability Still Possible?

Offering a broad and realistic look at how close we are to fulfilling sustainability today and which practices and policies will steer us in the right direction.

Transforming Cultures

Turning a critical eye to how we can shift today's consumer cultures toward cultures of sustainability.

Sustainable Prosperity

Charting a path toward an economic system that promotes the health of both people and ecosystems.