Issues We Work On

Economic Justice and the Green Economy

Advancing sustainability entails developing economic strategies that preserve ecosystems, minimize and mitigate impacts on society, and address social disparities and injustice. Jobs and wealth are intimately entwined with the use of water, other natural resources, and local populations. Achieving sustainable management of these resources and increasing economic justice requires specific attention to understanding how current economic systems can be fundamentally transformed and developing integrated strategies to do so.

Pacific Institute carries out research and analysis to understand and enhance strategies that lead to more sustainable and just economies. Its programs focus on understanding how tools such as voluntary sustainability standards are transforming the “business as usual” approach, and developing strategies that improve water conditions and lift communities out of poverty.  Projects on sustainability standards focus on understanding the role that sustainability standards play to meet sustainable development objectives, while those related to strategies that improve water conditions and lift communities out of poverty identify best practices, quantify costs and benefits, map activities and impacts, and analyze the opportunities for public institutions, businesses, and communities to achieve better outcomes.

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  • news-default 10.23.14- New Report Provides Insights on California's Proposition 1
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  • 6.2.14 - Private Sector Engagement Furthers Sustainable Water Policy
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  • 5.8.14 - May 2014 Online Update
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From the Blog

  • These signs are common along Highway 5 in California’s Central Valley, especially where junior water-rights holders have land that won’t get water during droughts. Ironically, this one is placed right in front of a newly planted almond orchard. Why Has the Response to the California Drought Been so...»
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  • Can the Private Sector Advance Sustainable Water Management?
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  • Will New Climate Regulations Destroy the Economy? (Hint: No.)
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