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Building a green economy : perspectives from ecological economics

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Applied economist Richardson (sustainable development, Michigan State U.) brings together US environmental scientists, geographers, economists, and sustainability, business, natural resources management, and other specialists for 17 essays drawn from papers and keynote addresses presented at the Sixth Biennial Conference of the United States Society for Ecological Economics, held at Michigan State U. in East Lansing, in June 2011. Representing a broad range or perspectives, the essays focus on the theme of ?Building a Green Economy? and address the need for a new economic model built on a living relationship with the biosphere, the need for active engagement of economists with real-world problems, the ways ecological economists can contribute to discourse on natural resource policy, and the historical basis and theoretical foundation for building a green economy. They discuss the development of conservation strategies that encourage sustainable human behaviors, the potential for a ?green Keynesianism,? the economics of information in a green economy and public investment in open source knowledge, the integration of ego and empathy in ecological economics and sustainable solutions of global problems, community responses to problems produced by global corporations, and the pitfalls, strategies, and research needs for the integration of ecosystem service valuation and environmental justice initiatives. The last section consists of applied research related to technologies and infrastructure development in an urban green economy, growth in green jobs and incorporating gender and race equity, wind energy development, the debate about discounting public investments in environmental sustainability in the context of how humans react to threats, sustainability assessment in an organization, a gross sustainability measure using corporate sustainability reporting data, and the development of research on pro-environmental behavior and the potential for using mobile-phone technology to analyze it. Annotation c2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Applied economist Richardson (sustainable development, Michigan State U.) brings together US environmental scientists, geographers, economists, and sustainability, business, natural resources management, and other specialists for 17 essays drawn from papers and keynote addresses presented at the Sixth Biennial Conference of the United States Society for Ecological Economics, held at Michigan State U. in East Lansing, in June 2011. Representing a broad range or perspectives, the essays focus on the theme of ?Building a Green Economy? and address the need for a new economic model built on a living relationship with the biosphere, the need for active engagement of economists with real-world problems, the ways ecological economists can contribute to discourse on natural resource policy, and the historical basis and theoretical foundation for building a green economy. They discuss the development of conservation strategies that encourage sustainable human behaviors, the potential for a ?green Keynesianism,? the economics of information in a green economy and public investment in open source knowledge, the integration of ego and empathy in ecological economics and sustainable solutions of global problems, community responses to problems produced by global corporations, and the pitfalls, strategies, and research needs for the integration of ecosystem service valuation and environmental justice initiatives. The last section consists of applied research related to technologies and infrastructure development in an urban green economy, growth in green jobs and incorporating gender and race equity, wind energy development, the debate about discounting public investments in environmental sustainability in the context of how humans react to threats, sustainability assessment in an organization, a gross sustainability measure using corporate sustainability reporting data, and the development of research on pro-environmental behavior and the potential for using mobile-phone technology to analyze it. Annotation c2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Robert B. Richardson is an applied economist and Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

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