The global recession has brought new attention to chronic structural flaws in current economic models and assumptions. As economies struggle to recover, many are taking a closer look at the broad concept of a "Green Economy," one that simultaneously promotes sustainability and economic growth What would this type of economy look like, and how could we get there? WRI Managing Director Manish Bapna responds to some of the most commonly-asked questions:
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A company selling refurbished photocopiers creates jobs while reducing electronic waste.
A renewable energy company provides clean electricity and job opportunities to India’s rural poor.
A company sourcing Brazil nuts creates both environmental benefits and solid profits.
Bringing clean energy to India's rural poor consumers creates cascading economic and social benefits, in addition to profits.
This piece originally appeared in The Economic Times (India).
WRI’s annual MindShare Meeting helps companies stay in front of the latest environmental trends.
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