How Viable are Green Clubs?

by Caitlin Suh

Matthew Potoski (2015) analyzes a different method of dealing with climate change than with government policies and action that he calls “Green clubs.” Green clubs are the author’s nickname for voluntary environmental programs that target corporations as the subject of climate change adaption.

Green clubs are analogous with country clubs. Just as country clubs give their patrons exclusive bragging rights and use of their facilities in exchange for monthly or yearly dues, these green clubs offer a club good such as environmental technology or certifications of environmentally conscious business practices in exchange for their efforts to reduce the detrimental effects of climate change. Continue reading