Simon Fraser University - Continuing Studies, City Program

Green Economy: Frontiers and Opportunities
November 28, 2014 - 9:00am - November 29, 2014 - 5:30pm
SFU Vancouver - Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
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November 28-29, 2014
9 am–5:30 pm

SFU Vancouver

InstructorsAlexis Morgan, WWF, Alliance for Water

Savvy communities and the organizations, businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs of which they are composed recognize that our global environmental crises present tremendous new business and economic development opportunities.

In this course, you’ll explore green economy frontiers and opportunities and delve into how communities can strategically develop and expand a green economy sector.

Venture capital investing in firms that are developing environmentally-friendly technologies in the energy, agriculture, information technology, transportation, and other sectors has surged in recent years. The “restoration” economy is another frontier that includes 12 largely untapped growth sectors based on renewing natural, built, and social environments that together have an estimated worth of over $1 trillion annually.

Sustainable communities are those that will comprehend and strategically position themselves to take advantage of these new green frontiers and opportunities in ways that support prosperity and livability. Municipalities, economic development entities, businesses, investors, and regulators will play a role in and benefit from tapping into green economy opportunities.