There is a plethora of resources that argue that environmental sustainability is essential to economic prosperity. Here are some good resources on this topic.
From an Australian Perspective
The Value of The Great Barrier Reef
A Victorian economy underpinned by healthier natural capital will outperform (over the medium to longer term) an economy where natural capital is degraded. http://www.futureeconomy.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Future-Economy-Group-Final-Report-Nous-June-2014.pdf
ABS 1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2009–10 http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Previousproducts/1301.0Feature%20Article12009%E2%80%9310?opendocument&tabn
Foreword and Executive Summary in “Green Gold Rush: How ambitious environmental policy can make Australia a leader in the race for green jobs - A 2008 report by the ACF and ACTU
From the International Perspective
The Second report of the UK’s Natural Capital Committee to the Economic Affairs Committee, March 2014
The International Renewable Energy Agency.
The Natural Capital Declaration by the Natural Capital Finance Alliance on the Roadmap to a Green Economy and the Importance of Natural Capital
International Labour Organisation. Working towards sustainable development: Opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy, 2012 http://www.ilo.org/global/publications/ilo-bookstore/order-online/books/WCMS_181836/lang--en/index.htm
UNEP, 2011, Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication - A Synthesis for Policy Makers, www.unep.org/greeneconomy
DEFRA’s Chief Economist’s Foreword in Paper 2 in DEFRA Evidence and Analysis Series (pb13390-economic-growth-100305.pdf), March 2010