Bringing Nature into the Engineer’s Toolbox
Mention engineering to a typical conservationist and thoughts turn to concrete. And lots of it. But perhaps that’s unfair, as engineers increasingly look to nature for solutions.
The Science of Valuing Nature Becoming Business as Usual
Can valuing nature become part of business as usual? Jen Molnar, Lead Scientist, shares the progress made by the Nature Conservancy’s collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company and the tools to take their findings mainstream.
The Business Case for Conservation
So there are numerous economic reasons for companies to consider how they rely on and impact the environment. The Conservancy is looking to make the economic case for investing in nature — to corporate culture at large.
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Molnar, J.L. The Power of NGO Science to Change Corporate Practices. In prep.
Meyer, S.R., J.L. Molnar, and P. Wheeler. Can Impact Capital Save Conservation? In review.
Molnar, J.L. and P Kareiva. 2015. Conservation chemistry. Chemistry & Industry, 79: 40.
Meyer, S.R., J.L. Molnar, and P. Wheeler. Can Impact Capital Save Conservation? In prep.
Reddy, S.W., D. Whipple, G. Guannel, R. Griffin, J. Faries, T. Boucher, J. Fisher, M. Thompson, J. Brenner, J. Bernhardt, G. Verutes, S. Wood, J. Silver, J. Toft, A. Rogers, A. Maas, A. Guerry, J.L. Molnar, J. DiMuro. Enabling Businesses to Evaluate the Role of Coastal Habitats in Hurricane Risk Mitigation. In prep.
Reddy, S.M.W., R.I. McDonald, A.S. Maas, A. Rogers, E.H. Girvertz, S. Wood, J.L. Molnar, T. Finley, G. Leathers, J. DiMuro. 2015. Identifying Hidden Water Risk in US River Basin. Water Resources and Industry. In press.
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