3Policy Levers for SustainabilityThe Federal Level

Introduction

The transition to a sustainable economy will take activity and leadership from all sectors—public, private, and nonprofit. The United States federal government has many instruments to put in place to encourage sustainability and make sustainable options more viable in the marketplace by reducing risk and increasing competiveness. National sustainability policies aim to encourage sustainable energy use and other sustainable practices while discouraging dirtier, environmentally destructive, or unsustainable practices. None of these policies is a silver bullet; the environmental challenges that we face are too complex and too extensive for simple solutions. However, multiple policies ...

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