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1 online resource (155 pages) : illustrations (some color)
In its current strategic plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes a cross-agency strategy to advance sustainable environmental outcomes and optimize economic and social outcomes through Agency decisions and actions. Sustainability has evolved from an aspiration to a growing body of practices. The evolution includes a transition from the development of broad goals toward the implementation of specific policies and programs for achieving them and the use of indicators and metrics for measuring progress. Without losing focus on implementing its existing regulatory mandates, EPA's incorporation of sustainability considerations into its decision-making about potential environmental, social, and economic outcomes involves shifting from a focus on specific pollutants in an environmental medium (air, water, or land) to a broader assessment of interactions among human, natural, and manufactured systems. EPA has indicated that it will need to consider the use of a variety of analytic tools and approaches to assess the potential sustainability-related effects of its decisions and actions in response to complex environmental challenges. Sustainability Concepts in Decision-Making: Tools and Approaches for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency examines scientific tools and approaches for incorporating sustainability concepts into assessments used to support EPA decision making. Using specific case studies, this report considers the application of analytic and scientific tools, methods, and approaches presented in the 2011 NRC report Sustainability and the U.S. EPA. This report examines both currently available and emerging tools, methods, and approaches to find those most appropriate for assessing and/or evaluating potential economic, social and environmental outcomes within an EPA decision context. Sustainability Concepts in Decision Making also discusses data needs and post-decision evaluation of outcomes on dimensions of sustainability. A broad array of sustainability tools and approaches are suitable for assessing potential environmental, social, and economic outcomes in EPA's decision-making context. The recommendations of this report will assist the agency to optimize environmental, social, and economic outcomes in EPA decisions.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780309312325 20160618
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1 online resource (xxix, 231 p.) : ill. (some col.)
Book
xxxi, 503 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
A hallmark of the past 100 years has been the greening of political thought and practice. Today, there are green political parties, green organizations, and green consumer goods, all of which show how our decisions to organize, donate, and consume have been infused with green politics, which in many ways is all about values. Green politics has grown in the popular imagination, as well. Everyday there are headlines about climate change, impacts of resource extraction, or chemical pollution in a poor neighborhood. Underlying all of those stories are classic political questions about power, representation, and ultimate values. This second volume in the "SAGE Series on Green Society" covers the availability and distribution of such resources as energy and how they impact economic development, domestic politics, and international cooperation and conflict. For instance, articles investigate how politics influence the choice of energy strategies within the U.S. and how availability of different forms of energy fuels political conflict among nations worldwide. As supplies of nonrenewable energy sources become constrained by increasing global demand, will states tighten control over such commodities or will they seek equitable and sustainable ways to share them? Such questions have never been more urgent. Other issues of equal urgency to be covered include watershed resources (what happens when countries share a river and one country siphons off or pollutes waters before they reach other countries), other natural resources (for instance, industrialized countries attempting to dictate to developing countries about rainforest resources, whaling countries versus those seeking total bans on whaling as an industry), air pollution, global health and epidemiology (e.g., constraining the spread of potential pandemics, radioactive fall-out across countries from nuclear accidents like Chernobyl). From A-to-Z, the politics of these and similar 'green' issues are thoroughly explored via 150 signed entries.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781412971867 20160606
Green Library
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1 online resource : ill., maps.
  • Front Matter
  • Introductory Insights to Climate Change Challenges / Felix N Hammond, Colin A Booth, Jessica E Lamond, David G Proverbs
  • Climate Change: Nature and Emerging Trends / Mark McCarthy
  • Regional Implications / Ana Lopez
  • Urbanization and Climate Change / Felix N Hammond, Kwasi Baffour Awuah Gyau, Stanislaus Y Adiaba
  • Global Political Initiatives and Overtones / Jean-Luc Salagnac
  • Green Economics Dialogue and the Built Environment / Miriam Kennet
  • Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment / Joseph Somevi
  • Methods for Valuing Preferences for Environmental and Natural Resources: An Overview / Jessica E Lamond, Ian Bateman
  • Ecological Value of Urban Environments / Ian C Trueman, Christopher H Young
  • The Pedological Value of Urban Landscapes / Jim Webb, Michael A Fullen, Winfried E H Blum
  • Insights and Perceptions of Sustainable Design and Construction / David W Beddoes, Colin A Booth
  • Progress in Eco and Resilient Construction Materials Development / Jamal M Khatib
  • Energy Efficiency: Alternative Routes to Mitigation / David Coley
  • The Benefits of Green Infrastructure in Towns and Cities / Susanne M Charlesworth, Colin A Booth
  • Particulate-Induced Soiling on Historic Limestone Buildings: Insights and the Effects of Climate Change / David E Searle
  • Sustainable Transportation / Panagiotis Georgakis, Christopher Nwagboso
  • Linkages of Waste Management Strategies and Climate Change Issues / Kim Tannahill, Colin A Booth
  • Climate Change and the Geotechnical Stability of ₁Engineered₂ Landfill Sites / Robert W Sarsby
  • Water Resources Issues and Solutions for the Built Environment: Too Little Versus Too Much / Susanne M Charlesworth, Colin A Booth
  • Organisational Culture and Climate Change Driven Construction / Nii A Ankrah, Patrick A Manu
  • Preparing for Extreme Weather Events: A Risk Assessment Approach / Keith Jones
  • The Socio-Environmental Vulnerability Assessment Approach to Mapping Vulnerability to Climate / Fiifi Amoako Johnson, Craig W Hutton, Mike J Clarke
  • Mitigation via Renewables / David Coley
  • Complexities and Approaches to Managing the Adaptation of Climate Change by Coastal Communities / Annie T Worsley, Vanessa J C Holden, Jennifer A Millington, Colin A Booth
  • Lessons for the Future / Jessica E Lamond, David G Proverbs, Colin A Booth, Felix N Hammond
  • Index.
"The multi-disciplinary perspective provided here offers a strategic view on built environment issues and improve understanding of how built environment activities potentially induce global warming and climate change. It also highlights solutions to these challenges. Solutions to Climate change Challenges in the Built Environment helps develop an appreciation of the diverse themes of the climate change debate across the built environment continuum. A wide perspective is provided through contributions from physical, environmental, social, economic and political scientists. This strategic view on built environment issues will be useful to researchers as well as policy experts and construction practitioners wanting a holistic view. This book clarifies complex issues around climate change and follows five main themes: climate change experiences; urban landscape development; urban management issues; measurement of impact; and the future. Chapters are written by eminent specialists from both academic and professional backgrounds. The main context for chapters is the developed world but the discussion is widened to incorporate regional issues. The book will be valuable to researchers and students in all the built environment disciplines, as well as to practitioners involved with the design, construction and maintenance of buildings, and government organisations developing and implementing climate change policy"-- Provided by publisher.
dx.doi.org Wiley Online Library
Book
1 online resource (xvii, 264 pages) : illustrations, charts
  • Part I: Global Aspects-- - Cross-sectoral tropical forest cover impacts-- - The wood products trade-- - Sustainable forest management and the UNCCD-- - Agriculture and forestry-- Part II: Regional and Country Aspects-- - Africa-- - Asia-- - Europe-- - Americas.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845932503 20160618
Forest protection and forestry practices are closely linked to decisions that address measures on climate change, biodiversity and the institutional framework for sustainable development. This rich and multifaceted text documents the progress made in creating the political, economic and social conditions that are necessary for a sustainable and multifunctional use of forest resources. "The Forestry Compendium" is the multimedia tool for identification, learning about and selecting specific tree species for trials. Drawing on maps, pictures and other information sources it provides a full species picture. The user-friendly interface also gives you a fast and targeted search.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845932503 20160618
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1 online resource (xvii, 361 pages) : illustrations, maps, charts
  • Policy - balancing theory and practice-- ecotourism policy - a general perspective-- case studies - Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand, critical environments. (Part contents).
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780851996097 20160605
The global tourism industry continues a trend of sustained growth, moving more people and generating domestic and foreign revenues, often at the expense of the social and ecological integrity of destination regions. As a result, tourism policy makers have been forced to consider a variety of new approaches to ensure that the environment, local people, tourists, and business remain unaffected by the negative impacts of the industry. This book provides an objective overview of the extent of international ecotourism policy, with contributions from academics and policy makers from around the world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780851996097 20160605
Book
1 online resource (xix, 538 pages) : illustrations, charts
  • Alternative approaches to assessing tradeoffs in resource management-- economic and environmental tradeoffs in tropical deforestation-- challenges facing favoured versus less-favoured agroecosystems-- institutional and policy issues. (Part contents).
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780851994352 20160605
The need for increased food production, enhanced economic growth and poverty reduction, whilst at the same time achieving environmental sustainability, is an issue of growing importance. This book address the linkages and tradeoffs involved in solving such key challenges. Some of the approaches taken are conceptual and theoretical, others report on specific empirical cases in which linked economic, biophysical and policy models have been used to generate analytical (often quantitative) estimates of tradeoffs, whilst others highlight institutional and policy issues involved in trying to achieve multiple social goals simultaneously. Emprical applications to areas throughout the developing world are included.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780851994352 20160605
Book
1 online resource (xv, 239 pages) : illustrations
  • Introduction and context-- Access and participation-- The welfare of tourists: dimension, responsibilities and implications-- Living and working in tourism destinations-- Pro-poor tourism?-- The land ethic? Tourism's non-human actors-- The tourism industry: responses and responsibilities-- Summary and conclusions: beyond tourism.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845930660 20160528
In recent years, issues such as ethics, tourist safety, human rights, ethnocentrism, cultural sensitivity, behaviour codes, green consumerism, and the perceptions of 'sustainability' have become increasingly important in tourism studies. This book focuses on the concepts of welfare and well-being in tourism and provides an explanation, definition and a critique of welfare within tourism studies. Subjects covered include the welfare of tourists, employees in the tourism industry, residents in tourism destinations, animals as tourist attractions, and the natural environment.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845930660 20160528
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xvi, 262 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
  • PART 1 - CIVILIZATION IN CRISIS: ON THE EDGE OF AN ABYSS 1. GLOBAL ECOLOGICAL SITUATION, 2. CRITICALLY OVERPOPULATED PLANET, 3. THE ECOLOGICAL EQUIVALENTS OF MODERN MAN PART 2. CIVILIZATION TEETERING OVER THE ABYSS OF CRISIS, 4. THE SOCIAL DIMENSION OF THE CRISIS, 5. THE ROLE OF THE CENTRALIZED AND MARKET ECONOMIES, 6. THE CRISIS OF VALUES AS THE MAIN CAUSE OF THE ECOLOGICAL CHALLENGE PART 3 - THE WORLD COMMUNITY: POLITICIANS AND SCIENTISTS IN SEARCH OF A SOLUTION, 7. THE MISSION OF THE CLUB OF ROME, 8. PROGRAMS FOR CHANGE: STOCKHOLM -- RIO -- JOHANNESBURG, 9. TOWARD A SYSTEMIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIOSPHERE, 10. THE CONSTANCY OF THE PLANETARY ENVIRONMENT IN LIGHT OF THE BIOTIC REGULATION MECHANISM PART 4 - SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: BETWEEN COMPLACENCY AND REALITY, 11. THE BASIS OF SUSTAINABILITY IN NATURE AND IN CIVILIZATION, 12. THE NATIONAL COLORS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 13. CO-EVOLUTION OF NATURE AND SOCIETY: FACT OR FICTION? PART 5 - ON THE SCALE OF A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH, 14. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN RELATION TO THE CARRYING CAPACITY OF THE BIOSPHERE, 15. THE STARTING CONDITIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE PRESERVATION OF ECOSYSTEMS BY COUNTRY AND CONTINENT, 16. NAVIGATION DIRECTIONS: INDICATORS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PART 6 -- "IS THERE ENOUGH COMMUNITY, RESPONSIBILITY, DISCIPLINE AND LOVE?", 17. THE BARRICADES OF OLD THINKING IN THE WAY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 18. WHAT THE MARKET ECONOMY CAN AND CANNOT ACCOMPLISH, 19. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE "REAL HUMAN CONDITION", 20. THE SOCIAL PREMISES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE GLOBALIZATION PROBLEM.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783540752493 20160528
2007 marks the 20th anniversary of the G.H. Brundtland Commission report that broke new ground by addressing the issue of sustainable development as a means of avoiding an ecological catastrophe. This led to a multitude of political declarations, documents and scientific articles while Agenda 21 - adopted in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro - has been accepted by the governments of more than 100 countries. Sadly, however, this has not prevented certain recent dangerous trends, nor have the wider public, journalists, business circles or politicians grasped the urgency of the problem. It is therefore important to make humanity understand its real place in the natural environment and the gravity of the ecological threat before us. The exclusive role of natural ecosystems is a key factor in the maintenance of the biospheric equilibrium. The current global crisis is largely caused by their dramatic decline by 43 percent in the past hundred years. Ignoring the immutable laws and limitations which determine the existence of all living things in the biosphere could lead humanity to an ecological catastrophe. This book presents the ecological, demographic, economic and socio-psychological manifestations of the global crisis and outlines the immutable laws and limitations which determine the existence of all living things in the biosphere. The authors are eminently qualified to write about the problems associated with the global crisis and consider the causes behind humanity's conflict with its environment. V. Danilov-Danilian, Associate of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Russia's former Minister of the Environment, and K. Losev, professor at Moscow State university, are leading Russian ecologists and I. Reyf is a journalist who specializes in ecology and global development. Dr. Danilov-Danilian works on the economics of nature management, economic and mathematical model building, sustainable development theory and ecology. Dr Losev is the chief researcher and head of the division of the VINITI. All the authors have published numerous papers, articles and books on such subjects as glaciology, hydrology, environment studies, global change and sustainable development.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783540752493 20160528
dx.doi.org SpringerLink
Green Library
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xxi, 315 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction The Exponential Era Crisis-Which Crisis? True Sustainability for This Century Objectives and Structure of the Book Notes Sustainability in the Twenty-first Century A Short History of Sustainability The Challenges of the Twenty-first Century An Overview of Global Trends Why Sustainability Has Not Worked The Twentieth-Century Prosperity Explosion Twentieth-Century Engineering Twenty-First Century Economics for the Twenty-First Century Conclusion Notes Quantifying Sustainability for Improved Decision Making Balancing Environment, Society, and Economy The Environmental and Economic Sustainability Assessment: Embedding Sustainability in Decision Making Socioenvironmental Economic Analysis Full Social Cost-Benefit Analysis Valuing the Environment and Society Applying the Environmental and Economic Sustainability Assessment Examples Notes Water Introduction Water Management in Industry: Overview Water Use and Protection in Oilfield Development in North Africa Produced Water Management in Oilfield Operations Water Management in Mine Development Example: Determining a Sustainable Wastewater Treatment and Discharge Strategy Summary Notes Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change Introduction Carbon Mitigation Risk Adaptation Risks Example: GHG Management in Heavy Oil Production Summary Notes Energy Introduction Example: Commercial-Scale Solar Thermal Power in Australia Example: Comparing Renewable Energy Options Summary Notes Contaminated Sites and Waste Introduction Conceptual Framework The Economics of Remediation Economic Sustainability Analysis for Contaminated Land The Social Cost of Waste Management Using Landfill Case History: Brownfield Redevelopment in Canada Case History: Groundwater Remediation at a Refinery in Europe Remediating NAPLs in Fractured Aquifers Example: DNAPL in a Fractured Carbonate Aquifer, United States Example: NAPL in a Fractured Carbonate Aquifer, United Kingdom Discussion Notes Best Practice for the Twenty-first Century Summary Technology Management and Decision Making Into the Future Notes Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781420059489 20160604
Never before has the quest to balance the needs of people, the environment, and the economy been so important. While sustainability has been widely taken up by governments and business, the world has continued to move in increasingly unsustainable directions, from continued dependence on fossil energy to rising greenhouse gas emissions, and erosion of biodiversity. We know what the right thing to do is, but somehow we cannot make the changes that are needed, and so we continue with business as usual, producing business-as-usual results. Based on more than fifteen years of research and practice, Environmental and Economic Sustainability introduces the environmental and economic sustainability assessment (EESA), a new way to make decisions that meets the challenges of the 21st century. Incorporating elements of life-cycle analysis, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, and comprehensive sensitivity analysis, EESA provides a fully quantitative, objective, and rational way to include all of the social, environmental, and economic issues relevant to a decision into one comprehensive analysis. The author demonstrates how to apply EESA using examples across a number of major industries, including petroleum, mining, and public utilities, and covering key issues such as water, greenhouse gases, waste, contaminated sites, and renewable energy. Case studies Management of produced water in the oil and gas industry in the Middle East Management of wastewater in a water utility in Australia Power generation and carbon management in an energy utility in Australia Remediation of contaminated gas works in the UK Energy savings and carbon management in heavy oil processing Ultimately, the solutions to problems of the 21st century will come from understanding the tremendous value that the environment provides, and reflecting that value within decision-making at every level so that society as a whole thrives. This book demonstrates that while business-as-usual approaches can be sub-optimal, spending on sustainable outcomes must be balanced with anticipated benefits. It demonstrates how to communicate with stakeholders in a transparent process which provides a robust view of how various options compare over a wide range of possible future conditions, using a language that everyone understands: money.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781420059489 20160604
Green Library
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xii, 321 p. : ill.
  • pt. 1. Thinking about your climate choices
  • pt. 2. Making effective climate choices
  • pt. 3. Rescuing the future.
How can each of us live Cooler, Smarter? While the routine decisions that shape our days - what to have for dinner, where to shop, how to get to work - may seem small, collectively they have a big effect on global warming. But which changes in our lifestyles might make the biggest difference to the climate? This science-based guide shows you the most effective ways to cut your own global warming emissions by twenty percent or more, and explains why your individual contribution is so vital to addressing this global problem. "Cooler, Smarter" is based on an in-depth, two-year study by the experts at The Union of Concerned Scientists. While other green guides suggest an array of tips, "Cooler, Smarter" offers proven strategies to cut carbon, with chapters on transportation, home energy use, diet, personal consumption, as well as how best to influence your workplace, your community, and elected officials. The book explains how to make the biggest impact and when not to sweat the small stuff. It also turns many eco-myths on their head, like the importance of locally produced food or the superiority of all hybrid cars. The advice in "Cooler, Smarter" can help save you money and live healthier. But its central purpose is to empower you, through low carbon-living, to confront one of society's greatest threats.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781610911924 20160614
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1 online resource (58 p.) : col. ill.
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Defining environmental stewardship
  • Recommendations, findings, and immediate action steps
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • Endnotes.
Book
1 online resource (ii, 99 pages) : illustrations

17. Geneva green guide [2003 - ]

Journal/Periodical
v. ; 19 cm.
Green Library
Book
1 electronic text (xvii, 299 p.) : ill., maps.
  • A seed is planted ; The public/private partnership ; Guiding growth ; Impacts and adjustments ; Germination ; Tug of war ; Ground breaking ; A middle ground--Phase II ; Civano's DNA ; The future neighborhoods.
A First-Hand Look at the High-Performance Civano Development This GreenSource book offers a complete survey of Civano, the largest high-performance mixed-use community in the United States. Located in Tucson, Arizona, Civano encompasses high standards of resource conservation, sustainability, and solar energy use. Inside the Civano Project features insider information on the planning, funding, building, and management of this development, which integrates residential communities with shopping, workplace, school, and civic facilities, as well as parks and natural open spaces. The book discusses the zoning and building code guidelines, sustainable building materials, energy standards, and water conservation technologies that make Civano ahead of its time. Inside the Civano Project covers: Behind-the-scenes preconstruction discussions Site analysis, planning, and zoning Insights from members of the Civano development team The Congress for the New Urbanism The LEED-Neighborhood Development program Public/private land development strategies The Urban Lands Act The Integrated Method of Performance and Cost Tracking (IMPACT) System Energy and water use monitoring Photographs of Civano Challenges, pitfalls, and lessons learned throughout Civano's development.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780071599313 20160613
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xxvi, 232 p. ; 22 cm.
  • This deen called Islam
  • Introduction: the earth is a mosque
  • Waste. The problem of overconsumption
  • The environmental movement as a response to overconsumption
  • Green Muslims
  • Green mosques
  • Watts. Energy from hell
  • Energy from heaven
  • Efficiency and green jobs
  • Living off the grid
  • Water. Water--essential for survival
  • Toxic waste in our water
  • The wonderful world of wudu
  • Food. Feeding your family
  • Urban and suburban food gardens
  • The farmers' market
  • Green zabiha
  • American halal--setting the stage for the future
  • Conclusion: following the call.
Muslims, like those of many faiths, are compelled by their religion to praise the Creator, take care of each other, and take care of the planet. Those are their sacred mandates, as written in the Quran. While the call to love Allah and one another won't surprise many, the deep and long-standing convergences between Muslim theology and environmentalism aren't widely recognized within other religious and secular cultures at large or even among some American Muslim communities. In this unique project, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin seeks to change that. "Green Deen" ('deen' means 'way' in Arabic) is a call to devotion, prayer, and service, a 'friend-raising' project, a community-building opportunity, and a marriage of faith and reason. Abdul-Matin draws on research and interviews with prominent Muslim scholars, theologians, and community leaders to trace Islam's historical and contemporary preoccupation with humankind's collective role as stewards of the Earth. He reveals how Islam's call to reflection specifically includes reflection on our relationship to the natural world, and he cites scriptural passages that implicitly and explicitly illustrate our collective responsibility to maintain and manage the planet's delicate and intricate systems. If we all hope to save our planet and build stronger interfaith and secular relationships, Abdul-Matin argues, Muslims need to remember they have a history of a green deen, and the rest of us need to build community with eco-friendly Muslims. Advancing a mantra of 'water, waste, and watts', Abdul-Matin presents specific ways in which Muslim communities and religious centers could concretely benefit from adopting green strategies (such as getting mosques off the grid and ensuring local communities greater protections against hazards like urban brownouts). And he provides practical steps individual Muslims can take to align their personal environmental practices with their aspirations for both piety and community. "Green Deen" articulates an Earth-conscious, people-affirming, faith-based, justice-centered orientation that will help mainstream American Muslims and their allies promote environmentalism that is steadfast, scientific, and practical. No other book of this kind has been written for the Muslim community, in a language they can understand. No other book helps those environmentalists of other faiths and orientations understand the gifts and contributions that Islam and its followers bring to the table. "Green Deen" is one of a kind.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781605094649 20160604
Green Library

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