Sustainable Prosperity

By: Michelle Brownlee April 10, 2014
At SP, we’ve done a lot of work on how best Canada can transition to a low-carbon economy. And we’ve come to a pretty clear conclusion: a carbon price is a necessary, but not sufficient, policy if Canada intends to close its emissions gap. As SP’s latest issue summary shows, there’s enough research, analysis and real-world practical experience to show that a carbon pricing policy can be done right – and that Canada’s ready for it. If we have any hope of bringing Canada’s emissions profile back in line, a carbon price is necessary — and patience is not a virtue.
By: Alex Wood March 27, 2014
Guess what, Canadians….turns out the bank ad on TV is right. You really are “richer than you think”!
By: Pomme Arros March 24, 2014
Two weeks ago, SP released our second annual Survey, Environmental Markets in Canada: 2013, in which we classify, count and consider environmental markets in Canada. While the big headline was the total value of these markets (between $406 million and $625 million for the year 2012), we also see some interesting results when we separate environmental markets into different categories.
By: Michelle Brownlee March 10, 2014
At SP, when we say environmental market, we include markets that place a value on protecting nature – or a cost on degrading it. And we've drawn a picture to help explain this.
By: Michelle Brownlee March 5, 2014
A new study by Sustainable Prosperity (SP), Environmental Markets in Canada: 2013(external link), estimates the value of environmental markets in Canada for 2012 to be between $406 million and $625 million annually. This represents no discernible growth from last year’s inaugural survey. However, even though the numbers are small now, the signs are pointing to a much bigger number in the future.
By: Adam Baylin-Stern February 27, 2014
On the announcements from British Columbia’s February 18th budget tabling, as it relates to emissions reductions and Liquefied Natural Gas export development in the province. With no reference to carbon pricing for LNG in the new budget, it remains unclear how BC’s provincial Liberals plan to close the gap between the projected spike in emissions from LNG development and their emissions targets.
By: Annie Berube February 24, 2014
As part of our SP Reads series, Annie reads about toxic chemicals in everyday products and the detox industry. This book may leave you feeling slightly paranoid and powerless about what to do to avoid all the poisons possibly looming in your house (should you really throw out all those non-stick frying pans?). But Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith manage to achieve a delicate balance by turning a highly controversial, scientifically complex, and at times depressing subject into a humorous journey (hence the self -experiments) with a good dose of optimism about what can be done, at an individual and collective level, to reduce our dependence on toxic chemicals. Toxin Toxout is an enjoyable, easy read, which may still leave you slightly paranoid, but hopefully better informed.
By: Michelle Brownlee February 10, 2014

Michelle posts the first “SP Reads” about a beautifully written book “The Once and Future World” by JB MacKinnon. This is a book about nature, about the wild, about biodiversity, about humans and our world. And about the relationships we each have with nature.

By: Alex Wood January 24, 2014

Green bonds are back in the news. On January 23rd, squeezing its way through the news maelstrom provided by first Justin Bieber (in jail!) and Rob Ford (in an elevator!), came news of a green bond issue by Export Development Canada.

The EDC green bond issue comes at a time of great growth in the green bonds sector, which has been described in Sustainable Prosperity’s recent report on the topic. A recent announcement pointed to a record 2012, with US$ 10 billion in issues. And World Bank President Jim Kim, speaking at the World Economic Forum, has issued a challenge to double that amount by the time a high-level meeting on climate change convenes at the United Nations this September.

By: Vincent Thivierge January 15, 2014
With Sustainable Prosperity’s report “Suburban Sprawl” released last October and our upcoming forum on sprawl in Vancouver on January 20th (link to registration here), a recent paper by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley on the carbon footprint of US households by zip code is well timed.

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