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  • The Transition to Environmental Sustainability is Underway, But It Won’t Be Easy

    The Transition to Environmental Sustainability is Underway, But It Won’t Be Easy

    The transition to environmental sustainability will change the material basis of the world economy. This shift has begun, and its pace will be influenced by technology, capital, and public policy.

  • The Pivot Toward Sustainability Finance

    The Pivot Toward Sustainability Finance

    My hope is that even if a conservative American national government abdicated climate leadership once again, the market forces we saw in 2021 will be too deeply established to deter.

  • Federal Purchasing Power, the Green Economy and Sustainability Management

    Federal Purchasing Power, the Green Economy and Sustainability Management

    Sustainability management is rapidly becoming the norm, and President Biden’s Green Executive Order will accelerate the growth of the green economy.

  • National Parks in Argentina: Scenery or Sovereignty?

    National Parks in Argentina: Scenery or Sovereignty?

    A new study traces the political and economic forces that led to the creation and development of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.

  • Environmental Justice and Economic Recovery

    Environmental Justice and Economic Recovery

    An American infrastructure revitalization program could put people to work while improving the efficiency and quality of our communities and economy.

  • Bringing Consensus Politics Back to Environmental Issues

    Bringing Consensus Politics Back to Environmental Issues

    In the blue-red political world we’ve created we need to remember the values we share and our interdependency.

  • Building Consensus on Climate and Sustainability Policy

    The New York Times reported on a new international agreement that will phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a chemical that is used in refrigerators and air conditioners that is a powerful greenhouse gas. The irony is that HFCs were developed to replace chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, chemicals that caused a hole in our atmosphere’s ozone layer…

  • Quiet Moves Toward a Renewable Resource Based Economy

    The transition to a sustainable, renewable resource based economy will take decades to complete. Just as our organizations learned to incorporate occupational safety, financial reporting, performance measurement, customer relations, employment law, social media marketing and many other elements into their standard operating procedures, so too will they need to incorporate a concern for the physical…

  • The Tools to Build a Green Economy

    The Tools to Build a Green Economy

    What role does public policy play in encouraging and facilitating the green economy? What are the policy tools and incentives that steer green investment effectively?

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • The Transition to Environmental Sustainability is Underway, But It Won’t Be Easy

    The Transition to Environmental Sustainability is Underway, But It Won’t Be Easy

    The transition to environmental sustainability will change the material basis of the world economy. This shift has begun, and its pace will be influenced by technology, capital, and public policy.

  • The Pivot Toward Sustainability Finance

    The Pivot Toward Sustainability Finance

    My hope is that even if a conservative American national government abdicated climate leadership once again, the market forces we saw in 2021 will be too deeply established to deter.

  • Federal Purchasing Power, the Green Economy and Sustainability Management

    Federal Purchasing Power, the Green Economy and Sustainability Management

    Sustainability management is rapidly becoming the norm, and President Biden’s Green Executive Order will accelerate the growth of the green economy.

  • National Parks in Argentina: Scenery or Sovereignty?

    National Parks in Argentina: Scenery or Sovereignty?

    A new study traces the political and economic forces that led to the creation and development of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.

  • Environmental Justice and Economic Recovery

    Environmental Justice and Economic Recovery

    An American infrastructure revitalization program could put people to work while improving the efficiency and quality of our communities and economy.

  • Bringing Consensus Politics Back to Environmental Issues

    Bringing Consensus Politics Back to Environmental Issues

    In the blue-red political world we’ve created we need to remember the values we share and our interdependency.

  • Building Consensus on Climate and Sustainability Policy

    The New York Times reported on a new international agreement that will phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a chemical that is used in refrigerators and air conditioners that is a powerful greenhouse gas. The irony is that HFCs were developed to replace chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, chemicals that caused a hole in our atmosphere’s ozone layer…

  • Quiet Moves Toward a Renewable Resource Based Economy

    The transition to a sustainable, renewable resource based economy will take decades to complete. Just as our organizations learned to incorporate occupational safety, financial reporting, performance measurement, customer relations, employment law, social media marketing and many other elements into their standard operating procedures, so too will they need to incorporate a concern for the physical…

  • The Tools to Build a Green Economy

    The Tools to Build a Green Economy

    What role does public policy play in encouraging and facilitating the green economy? What are the policy tools and incentives that steer green investment effectively?