An Introduction to Sustainability

Environmental, Social and Personal Perspectives
Author: Martin Mulligan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134548826
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 310
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An Introduction to Sustainability provides students with a comprehensive overview of the key concepts and ideas which are encompassed within the growing field of sustainability. The book teases out the diverse but intersecting domains of sustainability and emphasises strategies for action. Aimed at those studying the subject for the first time, it is unique in giving students from different disciplinary backgrounds a coherent framework and set of core principles for applying broad sustainability principles within their personal and professional lives. These include: working to improve equality within and across generations, moving from consumerism to quality of life goals and respecting diversity in both nature and culture. Areas of emerging importance such as the economics of happiness and wellbeing stand alongside core topics including: Energy and society Consumption and consumerism Risk and resilience Waste, water and land. Key challenges and applications are explored through international case studies and each chapter includes a thematic essay drawing on diverse literature to provide an integrated introduction to fundamental issues. Launched with the brand-new Routledge Sustainability Hub, the book’s companion website contains a range of features to engage students with the interdisciplinary nature of Sustainability. Together these resources provide a wealth of material for learning, teaching and researching the topic of sustainability. This textbook is an essential companion to any sustainability course.

An Introduction to Sustainable Development


Author: Peter P. Rogers,Kazi F. Jalal,John A. Boyd
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 1849770476
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 416
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This volume is the most comprehensive textbook on sustainable development. It has been developed with students and professionals from around the world specifically for those who need a thorough grounding in the subject. Coverage includes: background to sustainable development and global environmental issues; measurement and sustainability indicators; environmental assessment, management and policy; approaches and linkages to poverty reduction; impacts and infrastructure development; economics, consumption, production and market failures; governance; participation; disaster management; international financial institutions; international environmental agreements; and the role of civil society.

An Introduction to Sustainable Development


Author: Jennifer A. Elliott
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415590728
Category: Political Science
Page: 361
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This text examines the complex challenges presented by the goal of sustainable development at the local and global level. Areas covered include the challenges and opportunities for the developing world in the search for sustainable development.

An Introduction to Sustainability and Aesthetics

Art and Design for the Environment
Author: Christopher Crouch
Publisher: Universal-Publishers
ISBN: 1627345256
Category: Aesthetics
Page: 218
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This book introduces the idea of sustainability and its aesthetic dimension, suggesting that the role of the aesthetic is an active one in developing an ecologically, economically and culturally healthy society. With an introduction by Christopher Crouch and an afterword by John Thackara, the book gathers together a range of essays that address the issue of the aesthetics of sustainability from a multitude of disciplinary and cultural perspectives.

An Introduction to Sustainable Development


Author: N.A
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134653700
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
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This third edition of a successful, established text provides a concise and well-illustrated introduction to the ideas behind, and the practices flowing from the notion of sustainable development.

An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation

Policy, Planning and Implementation
Author: Preston L. Schiller,Eric Christian Bruun,Jeffrey R. Kenworthy
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 1844076644
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 342
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Transportation plays a substantial role in the modern world; it provides tremendous benefits to society, but it also imposes significant economic, social and environmental costs. Sustainable transport planning requires integrating environmental, social, and economic factors in order to develop optimal solutions to our many pressing issues, especially carbon emissions and climate change. This essential multi-authored work reflects a new sustainable transportation planning paradigm. It explores the concepts of sustainable development and sustainable transportation, describes practical techniques for comprehensive evaluation, provides tools for multi-modal transport planning, and presents innovative mobility management solutions to transportation problems. This text reflects a fundamental change in transportation decision making. It focuses on accessibility rather than mobility, emphasizes the need to expand the range of options and impacts considered in analysis, and provides practical tools to allow planners, policy makers and the general public to determine the best solution to the transportation problems facing a community. Featuring extensive international examples and case-studies, textboxes, graphics, recommended reading and end of chapter questions, the authors draw on considerable teaching and researching experience to present an essential, ground-breaking and authoritative text on sustainable transport. Students of various disciplines, planners, policymakers and concerned citizens will find many of its provocative ideas and approaches of considerable value as they engage in the processes of understanding and changing transportation towards greater sustainability.

An Introduction to Sustainable Development


Author: Jennifer Elliott
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134308949
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
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This third edition of a successful, established text provides a concise and well-illustrated introduction to the ideas behind, and the practices flowing from the notion of sustainable development.

Fueling Our Future: An Introduction to Sustainable Energy


Author: Robert L. Evans
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521684484
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 180
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Provides an overview of the current supply and demand for power resources and how the country's dependence on fossil fuels can be modified towards more sustainable resources for the future.

Nachhaltigkeitsökonomik

Eine Einführung
Author: Peter Bartelmus
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 365803131X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 176
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Das Buch führt ein in das zunehmend wichtige Feld ​der ökonomischen Nachhaltigkeit und verbindet verschiedene Disziplinen: Umweltwissenschaft, Umweltökonomie und Wirtschaftsökonomie sowie Wachstumstheorien. Da Nachhaltigkeit verschiedene Lesarten hat, verfolgt der Autor zwei Intentionen: eine Systematik in Maßnahmen, Modelle und Management der Nachhaltigkeit zu bringen sowie den Zugang zu diesem komplexen, interdisziplinären Thema zu erleichtern. Das Buch schließt eine Lücke zwischen den Disziplinen und wird damit zum wichtigsten Ratgeber derzeit, um die aktuellen Konzepte zu verstehen und anzuwenden. Als Lehrbuch konzipiert, ist es auch für gesellschaftlich Interessierte geschrieben. Zahlreiche, eigen erstellte Illustrationen visualisieren die Ausführungen.

Introduction to Sustainability


Author: Robert Brinkmann
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118487141
Category: Science
Page: 336
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Introduction to Sustainability is the first major textbook to review major themes in the cutting-edge field of sustainability. The book is suitable for introductory interdisciplinary courses on sustainability, as well as those in the fields of geography, geology, sociology, planning, political science, and anthropology. Brinkmann’s book allows students to see the world in new ways while also encouraging them to become part of the change needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the planet. The text includes material on the development of the field of sustainability; environmental sustainability issues like water, food, and energy; social sustainability themes like environmental justice and transportation; and economic sustainability topics like green businesses and economic development. The book concludes with a chapter on sustainability issues in college and universities. Brinkmann intersperses many fascinating case studies and text boxes that encourage students to deeply explore the material. This is a book that not only organizes the complex field of sustainability, but also encourages students to take action to make the world a better place.

Introduction to Sustainability

Road to a Better Future
Author: Nolberto Munier
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781402035579
Category: Nature
Page: 444
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Sustainability relates with Economics, Society, and Environment. However, one common fact that links them all is the generation of waste. This chapter is divided into two: The first part analyses the current generation of waste as well as its treatment. The second intends to establish policies for the future treatment of waste or, better yet, for ceasing the generation of waste. This first part begins by raising some capital questions: What is waste? Which are the components of waste? Where is waste generated? and How is waste treated? The second part will deal with: Why is waste produced? and What is society doing to correct this problem? 2. 2 First part: Current generation and treatment of waste 2. 2. 1 What is waste? The dictionary defines ‘waste’ as something useless, unwanted, or defective and the word ‘by-product’ as something produced in an industrial or biological process in addition to the principal product. From the point of view of sustainability, the word ‘waste’ does not have that meaning as, though it may be unwanted, it is not something useless and is certainly not defective. Even if in a manufacturing process a product or part of it does not conform to the manufacturer’s quality specs, it does not thereby become waste, but is, rather scrap material that is usually brought back to its original state and then processed again.

An Introduction to Sustainable Business Practices (Collection)


Author: Brian Clegg,Kevin Wilhelm,Eric Olson
Publisher: FT Press
ISBN: 0133480607
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 658
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A brand new collection introducing today's highest-value sustainable business processes… 3 authoritative books, now in a convenient e-format, at a great price! 3 authoritative Books help you drive real competitive advantage from sustainability -- from planning and strategy through execution and metrics Sustainability strategies offer powerful opportunities to increase profitability, accelerate growth, improve brand value, and reduce business risk. In this unique 3 eBook package, three world-class experts introduce business sustainability and show how to achieve these benefits throughout your own organization. In Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy , Kevin Wilhelm introduces new best practices for capitalizing on the many business opportunities presented by climate change. Through real-world case studies of firms ranging from Yakima to Lockheed Martin, Wilhelm shows how enterprises have significantly improved business performance by improving their climate performance. Wilhelm also identifies key climate-related business risks that will require businesses to act whether they want to or not. Wilhelm helps you make the business case for seriously addressing climate change -- and, once you've made that case, he offers you practical strategies and techniques for successful execution. Next, in Better Green Business: Handbook for Environmentally Responsible and Profitable Business Practices, Dr. Eric G. Olson brings together practical insights and start-to-finish strategies for driving “win-win-win” gains in revenue, efficiency, and environmental performance. He introduces powerful methodologies and technologies for increasing operational efficiency and reducing waste, including IBM’s impactful Green Sigma™ approach. You'll find new ways to drive value by “instrumenting the planet,” and discover the technologies that now make this possible. Olson concludes by identifying long-term trends that make “green business” approaches increasingly indispensable. Finally, in Financial Times Briefings: Sustainable Business, Brian Clegg delivers concise, practical, and actionable advice for integrating sustainability in ways that improve both the environment and your bottom line. Organized to deliver fast and realistic answers to today's most common business sustainability challenges, this FT Briefing presents targeted strategies, detailed tactics, real business cases, crucial consensus-building techniques, effective metrics, proven executive interventions, and much more. Whether you're new to business sustainability or you want to strengthen your current initiatives, this collection brings together the best practices and expert advice you need right now. From world-renowned business sustainability experts Kevin Wilhelm, Eric Olson, and Brian Clegg

An Introduction to Sustainable Resource Use


Author: Callum A. S. Hill
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1844079260
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 225
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This book explores the challenges our society faces in making the transition to renewable resource use in a way that is truly sustainable – environmentally, economically and socially. After exploring the physical limits the laws of thermodynamics impose on resource exploitation, the book outlines options for managing resources within these limits. It then moves on to look at the resources themselves (from fossil fuels, through minerals to renewable resources such as timber) and the salient question of how the relentless increase in consumption is putting untenable strain on resource use. Case studies investigate what is being done across a range of sectors – and what is and isn't working. The second half of the book turns to solutions, from the promise of industrial ecology to a new economy based on renewable resources such as biobased materials from agricultural crops and forests. Suitable for under- and postgraduate courses on environmental limits and resource use, and continuing professional development – particularly resource management, materials, industrial ecology, energy, resource economics and engineering.

INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING


Author: R. L. RAG,LEKSHMI DINACHANDRAN REMESH
Publisher: PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN: 8120351533
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 164
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Sustainability has become a sine qua non in the study and practice of engineering. This introductory textbook aims to make the concepts of sustainable engineering accessible to undergraduate students of engineering. This will help them to keep in view the philosophy of sustainability while learning the core subjects of their specialisations and will equip them with a set of tools for this purpose. In addition to providing a broad-based introduction to the idea of sustainability and its relevance, the book talks about environment related legislation, air and water pollution, solid waste management, local and global environmental challenges, climate change and the steps taken at an international level to manage them. Tools used to ensure sustainability in engineering activities such as Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) are mentioned. Green buildings, green computing, green chemistry, sustainable cities, sustainable transportation, sustainable sources of energy, economic and social factors affecting sustainability including rapid urbanisation and poverty are also covered. A set of questions, some of them quite open-ended, are added at the end of each chapter to help students test their understanding. The undergraduate students of engineering are encouraged to use this book as a starting point to explore how the principles of sustainable engineering are relevant to their chosen branch of study and professional practice.

Environmental Issues

An Introduction to Sustainability
Author: Robert L. McConnell,Daniel C. Abel
Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780131566507
Category: Science
Page: 338
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This ... case study book provides students with the critical thinking and math skills needed to examine and analyze environmental issues relevant to today's world. Features current ... cases rather than hypothetical situations; presents the tools of critical thinking and applies them throughout the book, encouraging students to assess their own reasoning; includes mathematical formulas explained in a step-by-step manner to help students gain confidence in their own math proficiency; integrates information and questions throughout the book; suggests examples for further research while encouraging students to explore the implications, significance, and validity of their work. -Back cover.

Sustainability Science

An Introduction
Author: Harald Heinrichs,Pim Martens,Gerd Michelsen,Arnim Wiek
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9401772428
Category: Science
Page: 367
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This textbook provides a comprehensive compilation of conceptual perspectives, methodological approaches and empirical insights of inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability science. Written by an international team of authors from leading sustainability institutions, the textbook covers key perspectives and topics of the scientific discourse on sustainable development. More than two decades after conceptualizing sustainability as societal guiding vision and regulative idea the necessity of concretizing and realizing sustainability in societal praxis is bigger than ever. Sharply improved individual and societal sustainable decision-making and action is necessary for a better future of humankind and the planet. On that account problem- and solution-oriented perspectives and competencies are crucial. The different chapters assemble an encompassing view of essential foundations and specific areas of research and action in sustainability science and practice. The textbook aims at fostering the further establishment of sustainability science in higher education and to enable the next generation of sustainability experts to tackle the challenging and exciting topic of sustainable development.

Stumbling Toward Sustainability


Author: John C. Dernbach
Publisher: Environmental Law Institute
ISBN: 9781585760367
Category: Law
Page: 1004
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In 1992, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, the nations of the world agreed to implement an ambitious plan for ecologically sustainable human development. This book is a comprehensive review of U.S. efforts to achieve such development since Rio. The U.S. has unquestionably begun to take steps toward sustainable development. Yet the nation is now far from being a sustainable society, and in many respects is farther away than it was in 1992. Nevertheless, legal and policy tools are available to put the U.S. on a direct path to sustainability. This book brings together 42 distinguished experts from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines. It is among the most thorough assessments ever conducted of U.S. law and policy concerning the environment.

An Introduction to the Green Economy

Science, Systems and Sustainability
Author: Adrian C. Newton,Elena Cantarello
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134654529
Category: Nature
Page: 382
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The green economy is widely seen as a potential solution to current global economic and environmental crises, and a potential mechanism by which sustainable development might be achieved in practice. Considerable investments are now being made into the development of green technology, renewable energy, biodiversity conservation, resource efficiency, recycling of materials and green infrastructure. This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the green economy, using a strongly interdisciplinary approach based on environmental science, rather than treating it as a sub-set of economics. The scientific principles of sustainability are presented, which provide the foundations of the green economy, with a particular focus on systems-based approaches. Examples of real-world case studies are used to illustrate how the green economy can be achieved in practice. In this way, the authors provide a thorough overview of both the principles and practice of the green economy, drawing from a wide range of disciplines including ecology, geography, social science, psychology, sustainability science, environmental science, law and economics. The emphasis is on presenting results of the latest research, derived from leading scientific journals. Rather than focusing on a single definition of what constitutes a ‘green economy’, the book introduces readers to the diversity of opinion that exists, and engages them in what is an active, on-going debate. This reflects the fact that many aspects of the green economy, and sustainable development more generally, are currently contested. In particular, the book will help readers to strengthen their ability to critically evaluate the evidence for and against the views presented, and to actively contribute to the future development of the green economy.