Exploring inclusive employment of persons with disabilities in the green economy


This webinar explored the challenges, barriers and opportunities for inclusive employment of persons with disabilities in the green economy and green jobs. The green economy presents a unique opportunity as it is defined as low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. Its key features include the creation of jobs that pay a living wage and promote equality of opportunity and income. However, there is a growing recognition that the transition to a green economy has the potential to both dismantle and reinforce social inequities for persons with disabilities. Findings from an evidence synthesis of literature, interviews and promising practical examples at the intersection of sustainability and disability inclusion in the world of work were presented. 

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Alexis Buettgen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the DeGroote School of Business and an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University, as well as an adjunct faculty member in the Critical Disability Studies Program at York University. Buettgen is co-lead of IDEA’s Measurement and Evaluation Activity Area. Her work focuses on advancing research, practice and policy in the areas of social and climate justice, inclusion, poverty reduction, and community capacity and coalition building, with a particular interest in disability studies. Her current research focuses on disability inclusion in the green economy and bridging the gap between academic knowledge, climate action and social justice.


W. Francis Fung, Rehabilitation and Clinical Services National Manager ast March of Dimes Canada and Co-lead of Engagement for IDEA.

About the IDEA Speaker Series

The IDEA Speaker Series provides an opportunity to hear guest speakers talk about their efforts to create stronger and more diverse labour markets that include persons with disabilities.

Alexis Buettgen