The notion that what is good for the environment is not good for business is widely accepted by the American media. This theme is sounded constantly, and recent polls demonstrate it as a widely accepted fact; the assumption that jobs will be created by allowing development and environmental impacts is commonplace, and it is repeated often by proponents of projects that require environmental permits to impact species habitat, water resources and other natural features. The Keystone Pipeline case is the most prominent recent example of the way in which jobs and economic growth are described as being ‘held hostage’ to environmental regulations. What has been almost entirely missing from the public debate is a detailed accounting of the jobs that would actually be created through conservation, restoration, and mitigation actions – the activities of the “Restoration Economy.” Although studies have identified ‘green job’ creation through renewable energy, energy efficiency, or recycling investments, the economic output and the jobs generated due to the protection and restoration of ecosystems have not been systematically tallied. We are currently engaged (in its initial work) in a rigorous national research effort to 1) provide a working definition of the “Restoration Economy,” 2) assess previous efforts at understanding the economic impacts of ecological restoration in many forms, and 3) establish a transparent methodology for identifying job creation associated with specific elements of the Restoration Economy. In this second phase of the project, we will implement this methodology to 1) develop a credible estimate of income associated with conservation and restoration activities, as defined, in the U.S., and 2) develop a credible estimate of jobs associated with these activities.
|Effective start/end date||6/1/13 → 2/1/15|
- Blue Moon Fund