The Center for

Informed Decision Making

What does it matter how one comes by the truth
so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it?

--Henry Miller

Welcome to The Center for Informed Decision Making. Our objective is to help you, the reader, make informed decisions about important environmental, health and safety issues. Because we respect your right to decide for yourself, our emphasis is on providing a variety of resources from a wide spectrum of viewpoints, not on presenting our own opinions.

We also recognize that no matter how hard we try to be objective, there are still underlying values that color the ways in which we perceive, process and communicate information. Please take a look at our Core Beliefs so that you can take them into account when applying your own values and making your own judgements.

To ensure the quality of what you read, all materials have been carefully reviewed by our Advisory Board, which includes well-known and highly respected individuals with diverse academic, business, non-profit and government credentials. From time to time, independent experts are also called upon to provide their perspectives and criticisms.

To help you make these decisions, we are developing four major information resources, the first of which is close to completion. It contains a great deal of worthwhile information that will help you to think critically about all types of issues, but especially those relating to the environment:

  • Assessment Tools -- How often do you run across statistics that you don't understand? Can you tell sound science from junk science? Do you know what the terms Life Cycle Assessment, Full Cost Accounting or Cost/Benefit Analysis mean? We'll help you learn about these topics so that you can ask the right questions and thus make better, more informed decisions.
  • Case Studies -- The best way to reinforce recent learning is to apply it to relevant situations. We've developed a series of cases and exercises to help you make the most of the information provided on-site.
  • Expert Forums -- Wouldn't you like to hear what experts on both sides have to say about important issues? We'll be putting together a series of Forums on global warming, ozone depletion, the possible effects of chlorine, fossil fuel consumption and similar topics.
  • Additional Resources -- It's a big, data-filled world out there, if you know where to look. We've combed the Net and the Library for think tanks, policy analysts, academic researchers and the like. Our objective? To provide you with balanced information from a variety of sources that can help you make informed decisions for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by. We hope we can help in your efforts to create a more sustainable world.


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