Business & The Economy

EcoIntelligence business and the economy articles, speeches, and interviews.This section focuses on the relationship between the environment and the economy and on the benefits and methods of sustainable business management. It includes articles, reports, interviews, book and anthology excerpts, PowerPoint presentations, and presentation transcripts.

Broader topics include environmental economics, sustainable development, globalization, industrial ecology, pollution and carbon markets, restructuring taxes to strengthen incentives for sustainable technologies and practices, and green investing. Topics related to sustainable business management include green strategic planning, sustainability as a strategy to build profits and market share, business leadership, engaging stakeholders, employees, and managers, new business opportunities, green marketing, green product design, greening supply chains, green purchasing and printing, green property management, and corporate social and environmental responsibility reporting.

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Restructuring The Global Economy. Presentation excerpt by Lester Brown. In a speech to a Commonwealth Club event at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, California, Brown describes the need to restructure the global economy to cope with the challenges ahead. Presentation Excerpt >>

What We Learned In The Rainforest: Business Lessons From Nature. Book excerpt by Bill Shireman and Tachi Kiuchi. From What We Learned In The Rainforest (Buy Here >>), this book excerpt shows that the old model of business - the machine model that pitted business against nature - is growing obsolete. In the emerging economy, businesses excel when they emulate what they once sought to conquer. They maximize performance as they become like nature, like a complex living system. Book Excerpt >> Buy Here >> More about Bill Shireman >> More about Tachi Kiuchi >>

Environmental Stewardship Vs. Economic Development. Article by Walter McGuire. In the long term, the economy and the environment are inextricably linked. Our problems are that today's economy depends heavily on the availability and cost of resources, and that we have built an economy that values resource consumption rather than stewardship. Article >> More about Walter McGuire >>

Managing Green: Tipping Toward A Sustainable Future. Article by Christine Ervin. Two mega-trends stand out for their potential to transform quality of life: the booming renewable energy markets and climate change. Unless we start matching clear priorities with bullish investments, climate change will surely swamp the contributions from clean energy. Article >> More about Christine Ervin >>

The Role Of Sustainability In Business. Interview with Christine Ervin. Ervin, former President and CEO of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), talks about the state of sustainability and its role in the future of commercial buildings. Interview >> More about Christine Ervin >>

An Ecologically Honest Bottom Line: Lessons For Business From The Collapse Of The Soviet Union. Presentation by Denis Hayes. Hayes delivers a thought-provoking keynote address about the critical importance of building a new economy that is congruent with the laws of ecology. Presentation >> More about Denis Hayes >>

Getting Down To Business. Article by L. Hunter Lovins. The failure of the world's governments to implement sustainable development is no surprise, says Lovins. They no longer run the world. Article >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

Harnessing Corporate Power To Heal The Planet. Article by L. Hunter Lovins and Amory B. Lovins. Pioneering companies in sectors ranging from wire to plastic films to planned residential communities have already demonstrated that today's environmental challenges hold many profit-enhancing opportunities. Article >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

How Natural Capitalism Triggers Change. Interview with L. Hunter Lovins. Lovins, founder of Natural Capitalism, Inc., explains her vision of what it takes for business and society to turn large concepts into meaningful change. Interview >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

Mother Earth News: A Talk On Natural Capitalism. Interview with L. Hunter Lovins. Lovins discusses the problem with short-term economic thinking, the logic of natural capitalism, hydrogen fuel cell technology, trade with China, and more. Interview >> More about L. Hunter Lovins >>

A Matter Of Balance. Article by Dave Wann. "An 'affordable' economy means cutting away the destructive, polluting practices of the past and embracing the 'three P's' of intelligent growth... prevention, precision, and participation." Wann explains how we can achieve a balanced future. Article >> More about Dave Wann >>

From Walden To Wall Street: Frontiers Of Conservation Finance. Book excerpt by Adam Davis. "Imagine a marketplace where each unit of improvement in environmental quality was worth real money and competition managed cost so that the greatest amount of improvement per dollar could be purchased. In fact, this kind of market activity is already under way." Book Excerpt >> More about Adam Davis >>

The Endangered Species Act At Thirty, Vol. 2: Conserving Biodiversity In Human-Dominated Landscapes. Book excerpt by Adam Davis. In this chapter on "Conservation Banking," market-based systems for protecting habit and species are discussed. The ability to purchase conservation credits allows developers to mitigate project impacts and landowners to benefit from protected species on their property. Book Excerpt >> More about Adam Davis >>

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