Executive Summary

The Essence of this Proposal

This site is based on a proposal created by six students under the guidance of their professor at Ramapo College as part of their spring, 2018 “Ecology, Economics, and Ethics” course. Throughout the course these students were exposed to various strategies for how to approach economics in an ecologically sustainable way. These students met with experts on different topics from sustainable business to conservative economics. Based on what was learned, we would like to share our thoughts on how New Jersey can become a leader in sustainable economics, focusing on the green economy concept. These suggestions came from weeks of brainstorming and research.

We, as a class, have chosen to write this proposal to present to our new governor, Governor Phil Murphy, in hopes that he will become aware of some possible new strategies that New Jersey could implement in order to continue to improve New Jersey’s economy, which are mostly in line with his stated principles, while doing right by our environment.

We conclude that New Jersey can resume its historic leadership with the green economy idea by taking it to new and possibly unprecedented levels, both in scope and depth. Recommendations are offered to support this conclusion. Finally, two Appendices provide summaries of historically related articles and reports, which contain potentially other ideas that could be tapped which could further extend that leadership; and then how to further deepen the green economy.

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