Green Pathways to Economic Recovery

By Brenna Atnikov

On September 23, 2009 CBC’s The Current: Work in Progress series highlighted a great example of a town in Ontario taking control of its economic – and therefore social and environmental – future.

The concept of community economic development is never mentioned. Listen carefully though, and you will hear that the values, principles, and boundary spanning approaches inherent in CED comes through loud and clear!

Citizen-led action in Welland, Ontario resulted in innovative approaches to achieve economic growth during the heart of the 2008/2009 global recession. Entrepreneurs saw potential in the re-adaptive use of old factories and warehouses that had been abandoned years before.

Right-click here to download the mp3, and discover two great examples of businesses that offer green collar jobs and hope for the future.

What are your NEXT STEPS?

  • Look for local suppliers that produce goods for local consumption
  • Choose manufacturers who are not only environmentally neutral, but actually contribute to improving environmentally quality through their work
  • Contact Thrive to get involved with Green Collar Jobs workforce development initiatives in Calgary
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