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Chris Martenson on Decoupling Growth from Prosperity (Part Two)

Chris Martenson
Chris Martenson
The second in a two-part conversation with Chris Martenson of the Martenson Report, who recently spoke about the convergence of economic, environmental, and energy crises at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Annual Conference. Martenson has a doctorate in neurotoxicology from Duke, an MBA in finance from Cornell, and is a former vice president at Pfizer. In the early 2000s, Martenson quit his high-status position when he recognized profound instabilities in our economic, environmental, and social structures. The interview culminates with Martenson mapping out the idea of re-imagining and transforming the stories we tell ourselves as a culture about growth, surplus, and prosperity.

The Martenson Report

We also hear commentary from Jennifer Taub of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on how mutual fund conflicts of interest intersect with genocide-free investing.

Jennifer Taub working paper: Able But Not Willing: The Failure of Mutual Fund Advisers to Advocate for Shareholders’ Rights

Senate Extends Energy Tax Credits in Housing Bill
New Report Lists Top 100 Polluters
Amount of Farmland Certified by Rainforest Alliance Reaches Million Acre Milestone
Brazilian Lovers Can Now Show Their Love–For the Planet

Auden Schendler Questions, How Green Can Companies Really Be?

auden schendlerCorporate Watchdog Radio co-hosts Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon speak with Auden Schendler, who heads the sustainability program at Aspen Skiing Company and has stirred up a heap of controversy as the subject of a recent BusinessWeek cover story entitled “Little Green Lies.”

Schendler calls into question the degree to which companies, within our current capitalist structure, can actually enact meaningful change toward true sustainability. Having convinced his company to commit in a big way to renewable energy credits (RECs), he has since become disillusioned, noting that many RECs fail to add new renewable energy projects to the world, and questioning exaggerated claims of RECs’ actual impact on reducing carbon emissions.

BusinessWeek October 29, 2007 Cover Story: “Little Green Lies”

Aspen Skiing Company Environment Website

Clean Air-Cool Planet report: A Consumer’s Guide to Retail Offset Providers

Gold Standard carbon credit quality label

Voluntary Carbon Standard

Climate Counts