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The sustainable investing market has picked up steam over the past year. While, by some measures, the market is already large with $8.7 trillion in the U.S. and growing rapidly (385% growth since 2007; 1 in 5 U.S. investments), asset owners are increasingly screening for risks to their portfolios and looking for opportunities in clean energy markets.

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Some oppose carbon taxes on the grounds that they disproportionately hurt poor and middle-class households. But WRI research finds that with the right design, a carbon price could protect poor households from increasing energy prices, support the middle class and spur economic growth.

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A Colorado wildfire that caused $25 million in damage also played havoc with Denver's drinking water supply, prompting the Mile-High City and others to invest in watershed protection to safeguard forests where the water they need originates. Protecting forested watersheds is critical for utilities that serve over 10,000 U.S. cities. Here are 10 factors that can guide watershed investment.

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Based on a 3-year comparative case study analysis of 13 watershed investment programs, this report provides lessons to guide water utilities and communities as they work together in protecting drinking water supply at the source.

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Many guitar makers use "figured" wood, desired for its wavy or rippled appearance. Bigleaf maple from the U.S. Pacific Northwest can act as a sustainable and beautiful source of figured wood.

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