Our Impact to Date
1994: Redefining Progress is founded by
Harvard MPA graduate Ted Halstead to develop and promote economically
viable, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable
1995: Genuine Progress Indicator
(GPI) inspires national debate about true measures of economic
1997: “Economists’ Statement
on Climate Change,” a letter signed by 2,500
economists worldwide, demonstrates unprecedented support for
climate change action.
1999: “Greening the Golden
State” report paves the way for a 14-state
coalition to support reducing state government deficits through
2000: “Clean Energy and Jobs”
climate change report is the first to be jointly endorsed
by labor and environmental groups.
2001: Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
builds a coalition of 28 environmental and religious
advocacy groups committed to climate policy change.
2001: Climate Asset Plan
proposes how to curb greenhouse gases and reduce dependence
on fossil fuels while addressing state budget crises.
2002: Ecological Footprint Quiz
educates six million people in 60 countries and seven languages
about sustainability issues.
2003: Center for a Sustainable Economy merger creates the nation’s largest U.S.-focused sustainability
2003: Climate Justice Corps becomes the nation’s first youth leadership training
program for climate justice advocacy.
2004: “African Americans and
Climate Change: An Unequal Burden” draws attention
to the equity issues inherent in global warming.
2005: Scenarios for Sustainability
guides regional planning efforts of government and community
2006: California’s AB 32, influenced by the Redefining Progress legislative
becomes law—the world’s strongest climate protection
2007: Genuine Progress Indicator update shows that U.S. economic progress has been stagnant since the 1970s.
2008: Revised and updated Ecological Footprint Quiz released with the latest footprint methodology, providing a more accurate accounting of the impacts of our individual consumption decisions.
Today: Redefining Progress is the nation’s go-to sustainability think tank, building
partnerships to influence policy and catalyze action.
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