Responsible Consumption and Production
Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.
Sustainable consumption and production aims at “doing more and better with less,” increasing net welfare gains from economic activities by reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the whole lifecycle, while increasing quality of life. It involves different stakeholders, including business, consumers, policy makers, researchers, scientists, retailers, media, and development cooperation agencies, among others.
It also requires a systemic approach and cooperation among actors operating in the supply chain, from producer to final consumer. It involves engaging consumers through awareness-raising and education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing consumers with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among others.
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Explore how access to food is linked to socioeconomic status, geography, race, and health in Colorado.Learn More
We look at the different approaches to development in dense urban Asian ‘mega-cities” to determine if they are a solution for population growth or a dystopian future.Learn More
Work directly with local non-profit organizations seeking to overcome poverty through the joint work of families and volunteers in Peru.Learn More
We engage with local communities working on issues of on land rights and conservation in Saguaro National Park in Arizona.Learn More
Delve into the tensions between preserving the natural environment and providing economic growth in the Galapagos Islands.Learn More