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Fixing America's Future

Fixing America’s Future

Does a community-based economy offer a way to build sustainable prosperity in America?

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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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Valuing Women’s Work in Agriculture

Valuing Women’s Work in Agriculture

Women’s role in agriculture is increasing as men move to cities. Policies must reflect this shift & promote equality

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Green Jobs on the Rise

Green Jobs on the Rise

By 2030, green jobs will create 20 million jobs & profit. Stimulating green growth means beating a transitioning market

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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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What Is and ISN'T the Economy for?

What Is and ISN’T the Economy for?

What is and ISN’T the economy for? A new book answers these questions in a funny and engaging way.

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Rail and Transit Manufacturing: Two New Reports

Rail and Transit Manufacturing: Two New Reports

This blog post was co-authored by Michael Renner and Gary Gardner The Worldwatch Institute has produced two companion reports that assess the state of rail [Read More...]

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Jobs and Environment Discussion Series: Blaming China or Learning from China?

Jobs and Environment Discussion Series: Blaming China or Learning from China?

The United Steelworkers Union (USW) has long recognized that environmental health and economic wellbeing are inseparable. As long ago as 1990, the USW declared “the [Read More...]

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Jobs and Environment Discussion Series: Principles for Threading the Needle

Jobs and Environment Discussion Series: Principles for Threading the Needle

This post was co-authored by Michael Renner and Gary Gardner We continue to wrestle with the following question: is it possible to build economies that [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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An American Mondragón?

An American Mondragón?

On October 27, 2009, the United Steelworkers (USW)—North America’s largest industrial union—and Spain’s Mondragón Internacional, S.A. signed an agreement to collaborate in establishing Mondragón-style manufacturing cooperatives in the United States and Canada. It could be the dawn of a new, non-capitalist economy.

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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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Saving the Climate -- and Workers' Health

Saving the Climate — and Workers' Health

The solar industry will be a key means for humanity to halt its race to the climate precipice. But the industry relies on extremely toxic materials. To be truly ‘clean and green’–all the way from its supply chains through product manufacturing, use, and end-of-life disposal–it will need to stick to responsible practices and protect those who often find themselves on the frontline of exposure—the world’s workers.

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