Press release

IISD Launches Redesigned Web Site

November 30, 2006 has a new look and new features

The International Institute for Sustainable Development is pleased to welcome visitors to our redesigned Web site at

The redesign was undertaken to freshen the look of the site and to accommodate its rapid growth. Through consultations with internal colleagues and external users, we determined that the primary needs were to (a) make it easier to find what you're seeking; and (b) reduce clutter.

The redesign offers the following features and design highlights:

  • our site search is now powered by Google;

  • site searching is supported by an alphabetical site index, that will expand in the coming weeks;

  • some older material has been identified as archival and has been removed from main navigations;

  • team members are clearly identified on our thematic pages (see the Climate Change and Energy home page, as an example);

  • our overall thematic navigation has changed (click on the "Our Knowledge" tab at the top of any page in the site); and

  • the look has been freshened with more white space and images.

The design has been implemented on our main thematic pages and through a few complete sections of the site. In the coming weeks, the design will be rippled through all remaining current pages.

The new design was collaboration among: IISD Web Development Coordinator, Jason Manaigre; external design consultant Neal Thomas; Knowledge Communications Director, Heather Creech; Publishing and Communications Manager, Stuart Slayen; Director of Development and Community Relations, Susan Barkman; and President and CEO, David Runnalls.

Online since the early 1990s, IISD has attracted millions of visits from policy-makers, academics, students, researchers and casual users to and to our IISD Linkages site at We are hopeful that our redesign efforts will benefit our repeat users while attracting new visitors as we work to advance sustainable development.

We welcome your feedback and questions at

About IISD

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.