Sustainable Economic Development?
Sustainable economic development focuses
on balancing economic goals with environmental limits and social
equity concerns. It is a reassessment of economic activity as an
integral part of a whole social and ecological system rather than
conceiving of it as a solitary function acting in isolation from
other aspects of human society and nature. A key goal of
sustainable economic development is not to exceed the capacity of
the earth to supply resources and raw materials and to process waste
products while ensuring that people can meet their needs.
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Greener Reality: Jobs, Skills, and Equity in a Cleaner U.S. Economy
includes an executive summary, a set of case studies and examples, and a
conclusion. This page also provides links to PDFs on earlier work
entitled Greener Pathways and Greener Skills.
Green Collar Jobs
By Gary Green and Andrew Dane
The promise of an economy that
creates good jobs while protecting and restoring the natural world
is an alluring one. Depending on society’s commitment to
sustainability, between 8 and 40 million green-collar jobs—loosely
defined as employment that contributes to environmental
quality—could be created in the U.S. alone by the year 2030. Used
with permission, originally published in the Encyclopedia of
Sustainability (c) Berkshire Publishing Group 2010, and provided
here for individual use only and not for redistribution in any form.
Will Marre, Leadership Expert, on How Green Business Is the New
Revolution of Business Strategy
Will Marre, leadership expert, contends that going green as
a new business strategy unleashes the greatest economic
opportunity in history. Green businesses can create new markets
with new customers or erase competition all together.
Greener Pathways: Jobs and Workforce Development in the Clean
This report talks
about the kind and quality of jobs in the clean energy economy;
the skills needed to fill these jobs; and how existing plants
and their workers—especially those in the beleaguered industrial
heartland—can move to the center of the clean energy economy.
The Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) promotes research,
policy analysis, and field experiments and demonstration
projects in "high road" (high wage/productivity/profits, low
waste, democratically accountable) economic growth and
Job Opportunities in a Green Economy
This June 2008 report by the
Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) provides a snapshot
of the kinds of jobs that are needed to build a green economy in
the United States. It focuses on six key strategies for
attacking global warming and highlights some of the major “green
jobs” associated with each of these approaches. Wisconsin is one
of the 12 states included in the report.
American Sustainable Business Council
The American Sustainable Business Council has a mission to advance
public policies that ensure a vibrant, just, and sustainable
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Guiding Principles
Business Alliance for
Local Living Economies is a network
of socially responsible businesses, comprised of over 80 community
networks in 30 U.S. states and Canadian provinces representing over
22,000 independent business members. BALLE’s guiding principles include: Think Local First, Increase
Self-Reliance, Share Prosperity, Build Community, Work with Nature,
Celebrate Diversity, and Measure What Matters.
Social Venture Network
Network was founded as a platform to connect, inspire and support
influential entrepreneurs who wanted to use business to create a
values-driven and sustainable world. Social Venture Network is
committed to creating an inclusive and diverse community of socially
responsible business leaders who will lead the way to a just and
National Environmental Education Foundation
The Business and Environment Program has helped companies integrate
employee education and engagement to align sustainability goals and
day-to-day operations, while also improving their bottom line.
Through its Business Sustainability Educational Roundtable, NEEF has
engaged leading companies, including Kimberly-Clark, Johnson &
Johnson, Intel and others, representing four million employees to
share and develop best practices on employee engagement. NEEF has
also produced groundbreaking reports on employee engagement in
environmental and sustainability education. Various reports
Center for American Progress
Jones is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress
focusing on “green-collar jobs” and how cities are implementing
job-creating climate solutions. This web site provides some of his
articles on green collar jobs. Jones is the founder of Green For
Green For All: Overview on Green Collar Jobs
This site provides an
overview on Green Collar Jobs. A variety of reports and research
related to green jobs can be found on this site.
Union of Concerned Scientists - News Center
25-Percent-by-2025 National Renewable Electricity Standard Would
Create Nearly 300,000 Jobs, Save Consumers Billions, Science Group
Bureau of Labor Statistics - Green Careers
site provides information on green careers including wages,
anticipated job prospects, what worker do on the job, working
conditions, required education, training and credentials. The page
lists green career articles, data on green jobs, and green career
information related links.
International Society of Sustainability Professionals
is a non-profit, member-driven association for professionals who are
committed to making sustainability standard practice. Members share
resources and best practices, and develop themselves professionally.
Special reports, salary surveys, and the knowledge competency study
are just a sampling of the rich content offered members.
American Innovation: Manufacturing Low Carbon Technologies in the
Midwest job numbers from climate and energy
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Weatherization and Retrofit Programs
Short Guide to Setting Up a City-Scale Retrofit Program
This guide, released in July 2000, was developed by Green for All and the Center on Wisconsin
Strategies (COWS) and provides a model
for cities to design and implement large-scale weatherization
and retrofitting programs that address climate change, put
people to work, and reduce working families' energy bills.
Recovery through Retrofit (October 2009)
Recovery through Retrofit report builds on investments made in the
Recovery Act 2009 to expand the home energy efficiency and retrofit
A 14 page report by the Middle Class Task Force of the Council on
Long Island Green Homes Initiative
A brief case study on the town of Babylon’s (New York) “Long Island
Green Homes Initiative” which is an ambitious plan to perform energy
efficiency retrofits on all of the town’s 65,000 homes. At no
upfront cost, the program provides homeowners with the capital to
perform retrofits on their properties and connects them with trained
workers to make the improvements.
City Scale Retrofits: Learning from Portland and Oakland
A 24 page PDF report produced by MIT Community Innovators Lab.
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Industries and Businesses
Business, Environment and Social Responsibility
The mission of the Business, Environment &
Social Responsibility Program is to provide
students, executives, and organizations with
education, knowledge and practice tools to become
leaders and drive innovation in sustainable
Full Cost Accounting
Cost Accounting: A Course Module on Incorporating Environmental and
Social Costs into Traditional Business Accounting Systems. A 46 page
PDF from Carnegie Mellon University.
UW-Extension Center for Community Economic Development
The Center works with UW-Extension
county and campus partners to create, apply and transfer
multi-disciplinary knowledge to help people understand community
change and identify opportunities.
Wisconsin’s Travel Green Program
Travel Green Wisconsin is a
voluntary self-certifying sustainable tourism program. To earn
certification, applicants must first supply the Wisconsin
Environmental Initiative with a Baseline Environmental
Performance Assessment. The baseline collects information about
the amount of energy, fuel, water, and solid waste that the
business consumed during the last calendar year.
Interface Corporation's The Natural Step page.
Ethical Markets provides news and perspective on Green
Transition, Reforming Global Finance, SRI and more by gathering
information from around the world. This site tracks
news on Green Prosperity, Reforming Global Finance, Wealth of
Networks, Biomimicry, Greentech, Energy Efficiency, Socially
Responsible Investing, Beyond GDP, Earth Systems Science and many
more topics. The site also houses the Green Transition Scoreboard
which looks at total private investments in the green sectors since
Social Economy Centre
The Social Economy Centre (SEC) of the University of Toronto
promotes and disseminates multidisciplinary research and policy
analysis on issues affecting the social economy. A central feature
of the Social Economy Centre is to create a bridge between the
university and other community organizations, particularly
nonprofits and co-operatives. The web site has information on SEC
projects: Business Done Differently, Southern Ontario Social Economy
Node, Volunteers Count, Volunteers and Paid Labour, and Co-ops.
Sustainable Prosperity – Making Markets Work for the Environment
Sustainable Prosperity is a national research and policy network,
based at the University of Ottawa. SP focuses on market-based
approaches to build a greener, more competitive economy. It brings
together business, policy and academic leaders to help innovative
ideas inform policy development.
Sustainability Education and Economic Development
web site functions as a resource center.
Global Environmental Management Initiative
GEMI is a global leader in developing
insights and creating environmental sustainability solutions for
business. GEMI is an organization of leading companies dedicated to
foster global environmental, health and safety (EHS) and
sustainability excellence through the sharing of tools and
information to help business achieve environmental sustainability
excellence. GEMI currently has 26 member companies representing more
than 12 business sectors.
This business source for leaders of the new economy offers a digital
Sustainable Industries Magazine as well as white papers and
forums focused on sustainable topics. A number of sustainable
industries are featured with news and analysis for that sector.
Featured resources include guides, podcasts, white papers, and
Business Alliance for local Living Economies
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, or BALLE, is North
America's fastest growing network of socially responsible
businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks in 30 U.S.
states and Canadian provinces representing over 22,000 independent
business members across the U.S. and Canada. The organization’s web
site is focused on building networks of people and businesses to
transform regional economies.
Manufacturing 101 Module
Sustainable Manufacturing 101 Module is designed to familiarize
companies, particularly small-to-medium-size manufacturers, with key
concepts, approaches, strategies, terminology and regulations
related to sustainable manufacturing. The modules guide users
through various aspects of sustainable manufacturing to help
companies identify opportunities for savings and value enhancements
throughout the production cycle and supply chain. The module is
divided into six distinct lessons, each of which can be downloaded
Sustainable Business provides information on green investing,
green jobs, business connections, news, events and resources.
Sustainable Business Oregon
Provides news, green jobs, a blog, resources, and events.
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Sustainable Economic Development
Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
This website contains a database of activities contributing to
international sustainable development. It provides the latest news on
actors and issues are provided on the topics such as Sustainable Energy,
Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Biodiversity, Small Island
Developing States, African Regional Coverage, Latin American, and
Caribbean Regional Coverage.
Millennium Consumption Goals
Millennium Consumption Goals support the major objectives of the
RIO+20 and suggest that consumption goals be developed for the
period 2012 – 2020 and compliment the Millennium Development Goals.
The proposal is found on this web site.
This site provides Wealth-Building Strategies for America’s
Communities through comprehensive and up-to-date information resources on
state-of-the-art strategies for democratic, community-based economic
This is a web site of the United Nations Environment Program. There
is a link for the Green Economy Report Towards a Green Economy:
Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication.
Targeted Regional Economic Development
This web site is related to Penn State University’s Northeast
Regional Center for Rural Development. Program areas include
Community Capacity Building, Regional Economic Development,
Entrepreneurship, Local and Regional Food Systems, and Balanced Use
of Natural Resources.
New Economy Working Group
The mission of the New Economy Working Group is to contribute to
reframing the economic policy debate to address the social and
environmental imperatives and opportunities of the 21st Century.
The web site and the work of this organization is focused on nine
interrelated action clusters.
This web site allows people to find and connect with like-minded
people to discuss issues related to sustainable rural community,
industry, food security. A searchable member directory and group
discussion area is available.
The Grand Vision
The communities of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska,
Leelanau and Wexford – all in Michigan, have created a Grand Vision
that includes regional multi-modal transportation, strong local
economies, a diverse mix of housing, protected and preserved water,
forests, natural and scenic areas, and sustainable energy use. The
web site provides details for each vision area.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations
networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global
movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of
poverty. The Campaigns tab provides information on various Oxfam
projects: GROW, Health and Education, Agriculture, Climate Change,
Conflicts and Disasters.
Redefining Progress: The Nature of Economics
This site focuses on shifting public policy to achieve a sustainable
economy, a healthy environment and a just society. Topics include ecological footprint, climate policy, environmental justice,
sustainable economics, sustainable indicators, research and
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