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Enterprise at Home for Progress at Large: The Economics of Sustainability Report

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This report highlights eleven chambers oenterprise_at_home_coverf commerce that when faced with the challenge of ensuring the future strength of their economies, have employed creative new agendas that not only help reverse the effects of environmental degradation but leverage the occasion for valuable economic gain. Click here to download the report.

In the fall of 2009, Partners for Livable Communities (Partners) received a grant from the Energy Foundation to challenge the common misconception that economic growth and environmental sustainability are fundamentally at odds with one another and to showcase innovative programs at the nexus of these agendas. This publication was produced in partnership with the  American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) to showcase chambers of commerce from around the country that have crafted green initiatives as part of local economic development efforts.  With so much attention in the media recently focused on national business interests opposing environmental policy, the Economics of Sustainability initiative targeted Congressional staff as a key influential group that should be more aware of the interests and successes of local leadership from business communities in advancing the economic benefits of green activities in their regions.

Due to the great success of this program and accompanying publication, Partners has been commissioned by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to produce a second publication, showcasing ten new stories from chambers of commerce across the U.S. This next volume will take a look at creative green business agendas including sustainable tourism, wind farm projects, green business incubators and much more. Look for it on Partners’ website in March!

This publication was primarily distributed at two events on Capitol Hill in October 2009. To read more about these events, click here>