Institute for Sustainable Future
The Institute for Sustainable Future (ISF, Minnesota, USA) is a not-for-profit organization working to support and improve ecological health, through advocacy, research, consultation and education. ISF works to build, support and replicate models of success. Consistent with its ecological approach, ISF engages in campaigns which foster relationships and collaboration. ISF recognizes science and the arts as equally important in building a healthy, sustainable world. ISF provides expertise on environmental toxins, health care design and healthy food systems and has presented and consulted internationally. ISF is a founding member of the Commons Health Network. Distinct from our conventional health care delivery systems, a "commons" health care system is community driven (rather than hospital driven), focused on prevention (rather than treatment), employs local or bioregional knowledge and solutions, involves regenerative design and promotes integrative medical approaches.
Underlying all the work of the ISF is an appreciation for and recognition of relationship. It is how change is made and provides the ability to think creatively about multi-benefit solutions. So, for example by working towards safer chemical policies, we can enhance the health of individuals, workers that make our goods, our environment and community. It draws on the science that links global chemical contamination throughout the web of life. ISF founded the Healthy Food in Health Care Initiative a national campaign of organizations working with healthcare to transform food systems in service of ecological health. This work is aimed at leveraging the moral authority and purchasing power of hospitals to support local, sustainable food systems. ISF educates health care and value chain audiences around local foods, sustainable supply chains and agriculture policy.