Title: Sustainable development as a driver for innovation and employment

Authors: Mike Dieterich

Addresses: Renew and Sustain Consulting, Washington DC, 20001, USA

Abstract: Sustainability is the key to market recovery and future economic growth. Climate change and other natural disasters present an opportunity to save lives, and property. Efficiency and innovation are job creators spawning new technologies, use of building materials, and methods of building. Individuals like William Kamkwamba, "the boy who harnessed the wind" found solutions, surviving drought and famine, through innovation and perseverance during trying times. Sustainability reduces impact on the environment, benefits people, and grows wealth. This paper will discuss how to quantify sustainability with case studies the author has conducted.

Keywords: sustainability; innovation; employment; development; policy; society.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2018.089245

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2018 Vol.12 No.1/2, pp.2 - 12

Received: 29 Dec 2015
Accepted: 11 May 2016

Published online: 24 Dec 2017 *

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