Understanding and Exploring the Restoration Economy

Project: Research project

Description

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.
In order to begin the process of filling this critical information gap, an experienced and innovative project team has formed to analyze the categories in which these ‘restoration economy jobs’ are now subsumed, and to develop a rigorous and credible methodology that will enable a formal national survey. This project will 1) Establish and refine a working definition of ‘Restoration Economy’ jobs, 2) Review previous studies that overlap with or contain information on these jobs, 3) Conduct a scoping study to establish a methodology for conducting a national survey, and, and 4) Produce a written report documenting our findings
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date4/1/1312/31/13

Funding

  • Walton Family Foundation

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natural feature
methodology
energy efficiency
economic growth
mitigation
environmental impact
recycling
water resource
restoration
economy
ecosystem
habitat
economics
energy
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regulation
public