natural capital

One of at least four forms of capital used by people, organizations, corporations, and governments, to build and maintain their livelihoods. Natural Capital includes all forms of resources from the environment, including minerals, water, air, sunlight, heat, plants, animals, and other organic matter. Sustainable organizations seek to maximize their effectiveness and efficiency in using natural capital as well as practice policies that sustain the quality and quantity of natural capital sources in the future.

Pioneering municipalities can use traditional financial tools to preserve natural assets.

Moving Natural Assets from the Drawing Board to the Board Room

Making an environmental case for preserving natural assets is straightforward, but explaining their value within financial and management strategies takes real innovation. A…
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WWF to EU: Sustainability Is the €300B Investment Plan

WWF urges the European Union's economic and political leaders to put sustainability first and not delay such action in the name of economic…
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Squandering Our Inheritance

Generations before us prided themselves on innovative progress, self-sufficiency and providing for the future. We squander this legacy. More than iPhones, flat screens…
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Report Reveals Startling Differences in GDP and Inclusive Wealth

Factoring human and natural capital into the GDP equation reveals dramatic differences in national economic performance and overall well-being.
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Redefining Gross Domestic Product to Account for Sustainability

GDP doesn’t actually tell us much about the value of natural capital, like clean air or healthy forests. Such natural goods and services,…
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UNEP Report Discloses the Business Risks of Plastic Use

The total natural capital cost of plastic used in the consumer goods industry is over $75 billion a year, a report by the…
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Interview: Kathy Abusow, President & CEO of Sustainable Forestry Initiative

In my first interview from last week's Fortune Brainstorm Green conference I had a chance to talk to Kathy Abusow, President & CEO…
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World Bank Highlights Biodiversity’s Central Role in Alleviating Poverty

The World Bank is stepping up efforts capable of coincidentally realizing the twin goals of alleviating poverty and conserving biodiversity. Having invested over…
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Learn to Feel the Planet’s Pain: Sustainability Lessons from a Medical Missionary

Influential doctor and medical missionary Paul Brand once said, "I would gladly give up medicine tomorrow if by so doing I could have…
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Recap: Live Chat with Dr. Neil Hawkins, VP of Global EH&S and Sustainability at Dow Chemical Co.

On March 12, we spoke about the Natural Capital Hub and ecosystem services with Dr. Neil Hawkins of the Dow Chemical Company. The…

Copper, Salmon and Healthy Waters: EPA Puts a Halt to Pebble Mine Project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this past week invoked Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act in initiating a process “to identify…
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NatCap13: 100 Days Later

Mike Elm reflects on the 100 days since the World Forum on Natural Capital started and details exciting developments taking place across the…
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Fixing the Broken Compass: Finding Our Way to Natural Capitalism

"The real problem with our [current] economic compass is that it points in exactly the wrong direction," writes Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder and…
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Revaluing Africa By Accounting for Natural Capital

Looking past the GDP facade and toward sustainable growth in Africa.
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Cambridge, Leading Global Brands Launch Natural Capital Toolkit

The web-based E.Valu.A.Te natural capital toolkit aims to plug a gaping flaw in conventional economic thinking by internalizing environmental externalities. Eigtheen months in…