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.