Towards a sustainable Washington: the benefits of “decoupling” economic growth from the growth of environment impacts
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The Center for Watershed and Community Health, a research institute in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, in partnership with academic and private economists in Washington, is investigating the costs and benefits of environmentally sustainable business and government practices. Five major economic reports and two handbooks have been produced so far. Each found that the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices is good for the overall economy, good for individual businesses, good for government, and, almost as a side benefit, good for salmon and the environment. In short, we found that sustainability practices are often just plain good business.