Providing Decent Work and Economic Growth using Sustainability Principles

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Providing Decent Work and Economic Growth using Sustainability Principles

October 20, 2022 @ 11:00 am 12:30 pm EDT

“Young people ages 15-24 – who make up 22% of the world’s adult population – often face great challenges in finding employment. And even after they find work, they are disproportionately engaged in low-productivity and low-quality jobs, with few opportunities.” – The World Bank

Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, hopes to combat this by 2030 by promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, as well as full and productive employment and decent work for all. Indicators for this include: universal access to banking, insurance and financial services, increase aid for trade support, and develop a global youth employment strategy.

“In addition to sustained job creation, Goal 8 recognizes that decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation is fundamental to sustainable development.” – The World Bank

How do we provide and sustain decent work and economic growth without impacting our environment and well-being? Join us in October to learn more about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Learn insights into the roles that individuals, education and training institutions, stakeholders and regulating governments may play in achieving the specified education targets by 2030. 


Genevieve Peters

Geni Peters is Director of Research at ECO Canada, a not-for-profit with a mission to ensure that Canada has the environmental workforce it needs in these challenging times. An economist with a Ph.D from Texas A&M University, she is responsible for the management, execution and delivery of environmental labour market information and national occupational standards projects, working with an army of professionals comprised of staff, consultants, strategic advisors and subject matter experts.

Before joining ECO Canada, Geni applied her knowledge and skills in a wide range of roles and industries. She worked as a university lecturer for 14 years, teaching a wide range of economics courses and supervising student research projects at UC San Diego and Penn State University. More recently, she managed labour market research initiatives including economic modelling and reporting at PetroLMI Division of Energy Safety and conducted forensic economic research and analysis at Brown Economic Consulting.

Madhavi Venkatesan

Madhavi Venkatesan earned her doctorate in economics from Vanderbilt University, has two additional master’s degrees in sustainability from Harvard and Vermont Law School and has published three economics textbooks under the series A Framework for Sustainable Practices. In 2019 she published her fourth text, SDG8 – Sustainable Economic Growth and Decent Work for All.

In 2016, Madhavi established Sustainable Practices, a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission “to facilitate a culture of sustainability as defined by reducing the human-made impact to the planet and its ecosystems” within Barnstable County, Massachusetts and is the organization’s executive director. In 2019, Sustainable Practices initiated the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban campaign and in spring 2020, facilitated the Commercial Single-use Plastic Water Bottle Ban. At present the Municipal Ban is in effect in all 15 towns and the Commercial Ban is in effect in 8. The organization remains committed to continuing their efforts to all 15 towns. 

Madhavi’s academic interests include the integration of sustainability into the economics curriculum. She has been active in promoting education and stakeholder engagement to incorporate ethics into the existing economic framework and her written work has largely focused on these topics as a catalyst to promoting sustainability. Madhavi has also contributed to the literature on the relationship between culture, sustainability, and economics, addressing the relationship between economic systems and cultural convergence. She is a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Northeastern University in Boston and as of April 2022,serves as the editor-in-chief of the journal Sustainability and Climate Change.

Panel presentations will be followed by a live Q&A session with our speakers! 

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation that counts as a Professional Development Credit (PDC) Activity. 

Facilitator: Obie Agusiegbe, Founder and CEO of EnvironFocus. 

Limited Free tickets to this event are available until Thursday 13th, 2022, after which registration will cost $45/participant. Register Now! We hope to see you there.

The link to webinar recording will be available for $10 USD after the event HERE . Only attendees get a link to the webinar recording. Spaces are limited– register today! 

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