Environmental Sustainability Issues at Globalization TrendLab 2012


Top economists gathered at the Wharton School’s Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania April 12-13, 2012 for the second annual Globalization TrendLab 2012 conference entitled, “Sustainability: New Perspectives and Opportunities.” The conference brought together economic and environmental experts from management, engineering, environmental policy, public policy, and the social sciences to learn from each other’s perspectives on environmental sustainability.

Environmental sustainability identifies courses of action for the use of natural resources that support life on the planet without placing onerous limitations on the availability of those resources in the future. It has become a key topic of debate among policymakers, environmental advocates and business leaders who have differing approaches, attitudes and solutions to increasingly critical issues such as global warming, energy production and use, food production, essential water resources.

Green business practices have played an increasingly important role as they gauge how far consumers are willing to go to protect the planet from irreversible degradation. “In surveys, most corporate CEOs say they care about sustainability and are taking steps, however small, that make a difference. Yet, they are deluding themselves,” says John Elkington, founding partner and CEO of Volans and an international authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. “We do not need incremental change but a systemic transformation applied over a wide scope, not a narrow scope, of problems.”

Originally published on the Wharton News site August 13, 2012. Read the full story: