Climate Change is in our Business: Urbanization and Economic Growth in the 21st Century

Originally aired November 15,2012, Co-produced by Abt Associates

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Exploring the concept of sustainable development, the session outlines the changing face of competitiveness in light of challenges posed by climate change and urbanization.  The discussion looks at the business case for municipal planning to incorporate sustainability and the effects of green jobs for the labor market, and outlines the incentives for businesses, from small enterprises to large corporations to make sustainability a part of company policy.

Constantin Abarbieritei, Abt Associates’ Division Vice President, International Economic Growth,moderates a panel of experts,  including:

  • Dr. Marc A. Weiss, Chairman and CEO of Global Urban Development (GUD), an international policy organization and professional network of 600 leaders and experts in 60 countries. GUD works worldwide on Metropolitan Economic Strategy and Sustainable Economic Development. Marc co-authored Sustainable Economic Development Strategies.
  • Michele Laird,Principal Associate with Abt Associates in the International Economic Growth Division, directs the USAID-funded Mexico Competitiveness Program, which works at the policy and institutional level, promoting private sector innovation, advancement of climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, and improvement in governance, in order to increase competitiveness sustainably.
  • Dr. Djordjija Petkoski, Senior Fellow at the Zicklin Center, Wharton Business School, following a 20 year World Bank career, brings global expertise in competitiveness and sustainable development at the national and corporate levels. He has taught, lectured, and published extensively on on business and development issues, competitiveness and sustainable development, anti-corruption, governance, corporate responsibility, climate change, ethics, leadership and leading change.
  • Dr. Mathew Forstater, Full Professor of Economics, University of Missouri—Kansas City, and Founding Director, Center for Full Employment and Price Stability, and a Research Associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.  He has served as an economic advisor in a variety of contexts, including crucial work in the aftermath of Argentina’s financial crisis, and has written and referreed extensively on green jobs.
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