Green Economy

Bonjour from Paris, France! I am working this summer for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. UNEP’s DTIE promotes key initiatives and partnerships with governments, business and industry, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations to encourage environmental sustainability and the efficient use of natural resources. A primary goal of sustainable consumption and production is to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, while promoting development in poor countries and supporting the attainment of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Specific focus areas and themes include Corporate Social Responsibility, Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production, Sustainable Product Design, Education and Capacity Building, Life Cycle and Resource Management, Safer Production, Sustainable Consumption, Eco-labeling and Sustainable Procurement. These efforts support a larger UNEP program launched in 2008 to transition toward long-term economic and environmental sustainable development—The Green Economy Initiative. This initiative seeks to assist governments in designing and implementing economically efficient green policies while promoting green jobs and economic growth across a range of sectors, including clean technology, renewable energy, water, transportation, waste management, green building and land use.

UNEP provides leadership and critical resources for caring for the environment and preserving its resources for future generations in a sustainable way. It is my goal to gain a better understanding of the processes and mechanisms behind the coordination and development of environmental policy for governments and the international community. Building on my background in the geological and atmospheric sciences, my MGPS specialization coursework in international energy, environment and technology will help prepare me for a career in global environmental policy. Finding solutions to some of our greatest environmental challenges, without compromising economic growth and development goals, will depend on international cooperation toward low-carbon societies and a transition to sustainable consumption and production patterns with the help of programs like the UN’s Green Economy Initiative.

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About christineackerson1

Christine Ackerson completed a B.Sc. in Geology at Purdue University and a M.Sc. in Geology at Texas A&M University. Christine’s primary policy interests include environmental and global climate change issues. Prior to becoming a graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, she served as an environmental consultant for URS Corporation and Montgomery Watson Consulting Engineers. In that role she has been a project and task manager for environmental investigation, remediation and compliance projects with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of Defense. As a volunteer, Christine has advocated children’s environmental health legislation before the Texas Legislature and participated in a workgroup providing input to the EPA on the development of national guidelines. In 2009, Christine served as an intern with Environmental Defense Fund at the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark and participated in a Climate Change Negotiation and Sustainable Growth Policies workshop in Hiroshima, Japan. She helped coordinate an international conference on collaborative responses to climate change hosted by The University of Texas at Austin and co-sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General, the Canadian Partnership Initiative in Support of the United Nations Water for Life Decade, and the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation of Hiroshima University, Japan. Christine currently works as a graduate research assistant with the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law on the Climate Change and African Political Stability project, a Department of Defense initiative to better understand the relationship between the growing threat of climate change and the ability of African countries to manage complex emergencies.

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  1. Alfredo

    So proud of you Christine! You have definitely rocked the house with your vision and action. I believe your career vision will be fulfilled! And don’t worry about Ricky; he is secretly proud of your activist ways. I will enjoy following your blog.


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