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Saturday, November 19, 2005 1:59 PM
Eco-systems, human well-being, and business
Curt Rosengren on Environment & Sustainability

I recently started a blog on sustainability (not because I'm an expert on the topic - more because I don't have a clue and I want to learn more). One of the areas I find fascinating as I begin delving deeper into the issue is the relationship between sustainability and business.

Right now the business world is driving a lot of unsustainable practices around the globe, but it also has the potential to be a driver for positive change. In articles in Worthwhile and elsewhere, we're starting to see that more and more (for example, just listen to the Worthwhile podcasts from Greenbuild last week).

I just ran across an excellent primer on environmental issues, how they affect the business world, and some of the opportunities they create. It's a free 36 page pdf file called Eco-systems and Human Well-being: Opportunities and Challenges for Business and Industry (scroll down to the Business & Industry Synthesis to download).

While obviously not comprehensive or exhaustive, it does a great job of giving a nutshell view of an extraordinarily complex topic.

You can also download the 155 page Millenium Ecosystem Assessment, from which the business-focused report is drawn (also free).


gulliver - 11/26/2005 9:56:00 AM
With all due respect... 'an extraordinarily complex topic' is rubbish.

Operating in a fair and honest manner is neither difficult nor a complex issue - it doesn't need to monitored, analysed and explained. 'Just behave - be decent.' It is *that* simple.
Grant Henninger - 11/20/2005 3:14:59 PM
Thanks, Curt!
Curt Rosengren - 11/20/2005 2:39:55 AM
Hi Grant. I just updated the post to include a link.

Grant Henninger - 11/19/2005 11:18:25 PM
Curt, where is your new sustainability blog? I would love to read it.


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