A NEW ECONOMY
New Economy: Good for People, Planet, Profit, and Peace.
EcoPlex will capture this new excitement for acclerating innovation and strengthening our economy, while creating plans and strategies that will help cure our planet. EcoPlex will be well positioned in the center of the country. Innovation should be good for people, planet, profit, and peace. Yes, peace. If we do not use innovations to maintain our national and industrial security, we are more vulnerable. Then, peace and freedom are at risk.
Corporate America has already taken notice of the need for and benefits of a sustainability-based economy. It sees the opportunities for positively impacting businesses, employment, tax revenues, social and municipal services, foodstuffs, special events, and healthcare. Over 150 companies including Adobe, Burberry, Colgate Palmolive, HP, Intuit, JLL, Mars, Novartis, Salesforce, and Unilever have made massive investments in sustainability focused products and services. More than 86% of S&P 500 Companies issue sustainability reports. We believe sustainability includes economic competitiveness.
“If the Center for Innovation and Solutions is the incubator, the Museum is the accelerator…to showcase and promote technology that has commercial applicability.”
–Innovate Fort Worth (Podcast)
Setting the Standard for Sustainability
EcoPlex’s futuristic building design – the “Star of Hope” or “Guiding Star” – will become a landmark for the region and a showplace for the world. But the building’s looks are not its most important feature. EcoPlex will accelerate the transformation of building techniques by bringing 2050 construction technology to bear today. The complex will use revolutionary building systems and techniques to generate and store all its own power, recycling all of its own wastes, and managing its own water supplies. By incorporating innovations into its grounds, construction, and exhibits, visitors will be able to view commercially practical, green technology in action.
—-The facility will have world-class research labs, collaborative workspaces where science and industry can meet and develop ecologically safe products, classrooms and meeting spaces where global leaders can meet and a museum where visitors can visit and learn first-hand about the fragile planet they live on.
Trillions of Reasons Why…
In this decade, The Paris Agreement will unlock at least $13.5 trillion of economic activity in the energy sector alone. The Business & Sustainable Development Commission launched its Better Business, Better World report, which identifies at least $12 trillion a year (by 2030) of market opportunities linked to implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Additionally, the Brookings Institute estimates $31 Trillion in sustainability spending by just governments – not including the private sector. As of 2015, governments around the world were already spending approximately $21 trillion per year on Sustainable Development Goal related sectors: health, education, agriculture, social protection, infrastructure, justice, and conservation. If recent global economic trends continue under a business-as-usual scenario, SDG-related public spending will likely reach $33 trillion or more by 2030!