White House Cites Ecological Restoration Research of CURS Faculty Fellows

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The White House cited the ecological restoration research of Todd BenDor and T. William Lester in a blog post last week called “Encouraging Private Investments in America’s Natural Resources.” The post was prompted by the signing of a Presidential Memorandum by President Obama to “accelerate restoration efforts and incentivize private investment in our land, water and wildlife.”

BenDor and Lester, both professors in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning and CURS faculty fellows, have conducted research to determine the current size and impact of the ecological restoration economy, which they estimate to include 125,000 jobs and $9.5 billion in direct economic activity. The White House referenced the paper by BenDor and Lester, and coauthors Avery Livengood, Adam Davis, and Logan Yonavjak, and suggested increased private investment and stronger environmental protections will lead to even larger markets and more conversation success.

Read more coverage of BenDor and Lester’s ecological restoration industry research in The Huffington Post and Co.Exist (Fast Company).