Researchers Offer a Practical Guide to Planning and Achieving Green Growth


Stanford experts discuss a new sustainable development approach that balances the needs of people and nature.

Economic development plans often overlook a crucial detail – ecosystems that provide essential services to people. Increasingly, though, leaders in academia, finance, sustainable development and the private sector agree that nature is a key engine of economic prosperity. Now, they’re looking for reliable tools and guidance to implement green growth.

Gretchen Daily and Lisa Mandle of Stanford’s Natural Capital Project talk about the importance of recognizing real-world, science-driven success stories in this growing field of sustainable development. From green infrastructure in Washington D.C. to coastal watershed investments in the San Francisco Bay Area, Daily and Mandle collected these success stories from around the world to create Green Growth That Works: Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms from around the World. To meet the needs of those leaders wanting to implement green growth strategies, the guide is full of proven techniques for planning and carrying out economic development that makes environmental sense.

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