Emerging Issues Discussion Group – June 13

Emerging Issues–Thursday, June 13, 6:30 PM

Sustainable Business and a Non Growth Economy

Presented by Clay Goldberg

What kind of businesses and industries are right for Montrose? What makes a business sustainable? Instead of quantity why not quality? Is growth the only economic model? Could economic measures of success be quantified and traded less on the quantity but more on the basis of the quality of goods & services including the relation to the true environmental impact, resource usage and impact on other species? What is the true cost of “disposable” products? Are we paying the true cost of water from Fiji, shampoo from Australia, tulips from Holland and roses from Ecuador? Do we pay the true cost to jet around the world? How much wealth, energy and resources should each person be allowed to hoard or expend? What is a sustainable world population?