"Although economists, elected officials, andfar too many traditional environmentalists refuseto examine the inexorable links between consumptionand ecological problems, an economicand cultural transformation in consumption andproduction has already begun.
What is actually happening on the groundin the United States? Most sustainability advocateshave bypassed the U.S. federal governmentand worked for change within the marketplaceor in local governments and communities. Oneof the most promising developments in recent years is the leveraging power of institutional consumers.State and local governments, for example, spend more than $400 billion every year."
[Editor's note: The link below is to a PDF version of an academic journal article in a special issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology.]
Thanks to Chris Steins