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Rethinking the Work Week

Rethinking the Work Week

Rethinking employment will help people make ends meet, improve well-being and ensure a sustainable future

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A Difficult Path to Sustainable Employment

A Difficult Path to Sustainable Employment

In a world obsessed with technology and productivity advances, how can societies provide job opportunities for everyone?

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Tackling U.S. Unemployment: The 80% Solution

Tackling U.S. Unemployment: The 80% Solution

Guest post by Juliet Schor* *Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and author, most recently of Plenitude: the new economics of true [Read More...]

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Environment or Jobs: Straw Man or Real Dilemma?

This post was co-authored by Gary Gardner and Michael Renner How do we reconcile simple living, which we have long espoused as an essential ingredient [Read More...]

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OPINION: Taking the Fear out of Environmental Action

In economically gut-wrenching times, the politics of fear all too easily works to thwart progress toward sustainability. When people face intense economic difficulty, they are less inclined to support measures that may bring new uncertainties. The United States–and other societies–need to couple environmental strategies with social policies, and aim for greater economic democracy.

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Brownfields into Greensites

Brownfields into Greensites

When people think about the emerging green economy, the vision is typically one of leaving behind the old dirty industries in favor of new landscapes dotted with gleaming “clean” factories. Sometimes, however, there is really no leaving behind old sites, but rather a redevelopment and conversion of them. In the United States, such sites could eventually help produce enough renewable energy to satisfy the country’s current electricity consumption.

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Environmental Sustainability Requires Social Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability Requires Social Sustainability

A strategy for sustainability that is driven primarily by market signals can quickly translate into hardship. In the United States, wages have largely stagnated during the past quarter century. If people don’t have to worry about making ends meet they will be more likely to accept that prices should tell the ecological truth.

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