Capitalism in an Era of Climate Change (4/12/11)


Capitalism in an Era of Climate Change

L. Hunter Lovins, President and Founder, Natural Capitalism Solutions; Author, Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change

David Chen, CEO and Founder, Equilibrium Capital Group

Bruce Klafter, Managing Director for Environmental, Health, and Safety at Applied Materials Inc.

Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Inc. - Moderator

The time when businesses could operate without regard for their environmental impact is long past. Many companies now calculate their carbon footprint, minimize their packaging, switch to efficient energy sources wherever possible, and some even purchase carbon offsets. The U.S. is no longer in a race to the bottom with Asian manufacturing giants, but a race to sustainability and efficiency. Innovative companies are looking beyond the costs of climate change and toward business strategies that capitalize on new opportunities, innovate and spur economic growth. Time Magazine Hero of the Planet Lovins argues that moving aggressively to solve global warming, peak oil and weaknesses in our energy infrastructure will give us a stronger economy and higher quality of life. Get the inside scoop on sustainable approaches and what corporations of the present and future will need to do to remain competitive.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on April 12, 2011