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xii, 292 p. : ill.
  • pt. 1. Justifying sustainability
  • pt. 2. Characterizing sustainability
  • pt. 3. Indicating sustainability.
xxviii, 407 p. : ill.
  • Dedications Preface Acknowledgements Editor List of Contributors Chapter 1. Elements of Sustainability and Bioremediation Ackmez Mudhoo and Romeela Mohee Chapter 2. Natural Attenuation R. Ryan Dupont Chapter 3. Anaerobic Digestion Processes Steven I. Safferman, Dana M. Kirk Louis L. Faivor, Wei Wu-Haan Chapter 4. Biosurfactants: Synthesis, Properties and Applications in Environmental Bioremediation Ramkrishna Sen, Ackmez Mudhoo and Gunaseelan, D. Chapter 5. Phytoremediation: An Efficient Approach for Bioremediation of Organic and Metallic Ions Pollutants Divya Gupta, Lalit Kumar Singh, Ashish Deep Gupta and Vikash Babu Chapter 6. Bioleaching Leo G. Leduc and Garry D. Ferroni Chapter 7. Biosorption of Heavy Metals - New Perspectives Teresa Taveres and Hugo Figueiredo Chapter 8. Biofiltration: Essentials, Research and Applications Smita Raghuvanshi, Subhajit Majumder and Suresh Gupta Chapter 9. Modeling and Implementation of Sustainable Remediation Based on Bioventing Hillel Rubin, Eran Rubin, and Holger Schuttrumpf Chapter 10. Bioremediation of Xenobiotics Kamal Saxena, Gajendra Kumar Aseri, Ashish Deep Gupta and Vikash Babu Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781118062845 20160609
Bioremediation and Sustainability is an up-to-date and comprehensive treatment of research and applications for some of the most important low-cost, "green, " emerging technologies in chemical and environmental engineering.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781118062845 20160609
xiv, 122 p. : ill.
African exporters suffer from low survival rates on international markets. They fail more often than others, incurring time and again the setup costs involved in starting new relationships. This high churning is a source of waste, uncertainty, and discouragement. However, this trend is not inevitable. The high "infant mortality" of African exports is largely explained by Africa's low-income business environment and, once properly benchmarked, Africa's performance in terms of exporter failure is no outlier. Moreover, African exporters show vigorous entrepreneurship, with high entry rates into new products and markets despite formidable hurdles created by poor infrastructure, landlocked boundaries for some, and limited access to major sea routes for others. African exporters experiment a lot, and they frequently pay the price of failure. What matters for policy is how to ensure that viable ventures survive. Research carried out for this book demonstrates that governments can and should help to reduce the rate of failure of African export ventures through a mixture of improvements in the business environment, as well as well-targeted proactive interventions. The business environment can be made more conducive to sustainable export entrepreneurship through traditional policy prescriptions such as reducing transportation costs, facilitating trade through better technology and workflow in border management, improving the effectiveness of banking regulations to ensure the availability of trade finance, and striving for regulatory simplicity and coherence. In addition, governments can help leverage synergies between exporters. Original research featured in this book shows that African exporters improve each other's chances of survival when a critical mass of them penetrates a given market together. They also benefit from diaspora presence in destination markets. With adequate donor support and private-sector engagement, export-promotion agencies and technical-assistance programs can help leverage those synergies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780821395592 20160617
ix, 245 p.
  • Acknowledgements vii Part I INERTIA 1 Prologue to Chapter 1: Plato's Cave 3 Chapter 1: Introduction: Inertia as Failure of the Political Imagination 7 An Unconsciously Platonic Prologue to Chapter 2: Carbon Detox 27 Chapter 2:From Greed to Glory: Ancient to Modern Ethics - and Back Again? 29 Prologue to Chapter 3: Plato's Ring of Gyges 47 Chapter 3: Underpinning Inertia: The Idea of Negligibility 51 Part II IMAGINATION 77 Prologue to Chapter 4: Post-Platonic Perspectives on the Republic 79 Chapter 4: Meet Plato's Republic 83 Prologue to Chapter 5: Plato on Why Virtue Matters 99 Chapter 5: The City and the Soul 101 Prologue to Chapter 6: Plato's Idea of the Good 127 Chapter 6: The Idea of the Good 133 Part III INITIATIVE 157 Prologue to Chapter 7: Revisiting Plato's Cave 159 Chapter 7: Initiative and Individuals: A (Partly) Platonic Political Project 163 Notes 187 Works Cited 219 Index 235.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691151243 20180521
An ecologically sustainable society cannot be achieved without citizens who possess the virtues and values that will foster it, and who believe that individual actions can indeed make a difference. Eco-Republic draws on ancient Greek thought--and Plato's Republic in particular--to put forward a new vision of citizenship that can make such a society a reality. Melissa Lane develops a model of a society whose health and sustainability depend on all its citizens recognizing a shared standard of value and shaping their personal goals and habits accordingly. Bringing together the moral and political ideas of the ancients with the latest social and psychological theory, Lane illuminates the individual's vital role in social change, and articulates new ways of understanding what is harmful and what is valuable, what is a benefit and what is a cost, and what the relationship between public and private well-being ought to be. Eco-Republic reveals why we must rethink our political imagination if we are to meet the challenges of climate change and other urgent environmental concerns. Offering a unique reflection on the ethics and politics of sustainability, the book goes beyond standard approaches to virtue ethics in philosophy and current debates about happiness in economics and psychology. Eco-Republic explains why health is a better standard than happiness for capturing the important links between individual action and social good, and diagnoses the reasons why the ancient concept of virtue has been sorely neglected yet is more relevant today than ever.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691151243 20180521
xix, 235 p.
  • Foreword. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Notes. Chapter 1 What Is One Report? The Meaning of One Report. Novo Nordisk: An Early Adopter of One Report. Rhetoric and Design in Natura's 2008 Annual Report. The Urgent Need for One Report. Notes. Chapter 2 United Technologies Corporation's First Integrated Report. UTC's First One Report. A Brief History of Corporate Reporting at UTC. More on the 2008 Report. UTC's Half-Century of Corporate Reporting. Notes. Chapter 3 The State of Financial Reporting Today. Background on Financial Reporting. Complexity. Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). Auditing. Notes. Chapter 4 The State of Nonfinancial Reporting Today. A Typology of Nonfinancial Information. Intangible Assets. Intangible Assets at Infosys. Key Performance Indicators. Environmental, Social and Governance Metrics. Assurance on Nonfinancial Information. Notes. Chapter 5 Sustainable Strategies for a Sustainable Society. Sustainability at Ricoh. Corporate Social Responsibility. Sustainability. Sustainable Competitive Advantage. Sustainable Strategies Require Integrated Reporting. Corporate Reporting at Ricoh. Notes. Chapter 6 It's Time for One Report. The Case for One Report. One Report for a Sustainable Strategy for a Sustainable Society. The Time Is Now. Objections to One Report. The Bottom Line. Notes. Chapter 7 The Internet and Integrated Reporting. A Web-based Perspective on One Report. The Essential Elements of Web-based Integrated Reporting. Web 3.0 and Integrated Reporting. Notes. Chapter 8 Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Society. Companies Must Take Responsibility. Innovation. Support from the Investment Community. Development of Standards. Legislation and Regulation. Support from Civil Society. Notes. Appendix A: Companies and Organizations with URLs. Appendix B: Acronyms. Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780470587515 20160607
Winner of the 2010 PROSE Award for Best Business, Finance, & Management Book! "One Report" refers to an emerging trend in business taking place throughout the world where companies are going beyond separate reports for financial and nonfinancial (e.g., corporate social responsibility or sustainability) results and integrating both into a single integrated report. At the same time, they are also leveraging the Internet to provide more detailed results to all of their stakeholders and for improving their level of dialogue and engagement with them. Providing best practice examples from companies around the world, One Report shows how integrated reporting adds tremendous value to the company and all of its stakeholders, including shareholders, and also ultimately contributes to a sustainable society. Focuses on the emerging trend of integrated reporting as a top priority for companies, investors, regulators, auditors and civil society Provides compelling case studies from some of the world's leading companies doing integrated reporting Addresses how companies can move toward One Report and how it can become a keystone of a sustainable strategy for both the company and society Explains what others-such as analysts, shareholders, other stakeholders, auditors, regulators, legislators, and civil society-need to do to enable the rapid and broad adoption of One Report Filled with case studies and the most current trends on integrated reporting, this book is an invaluable guidebook on the future of reporting and how this future can lead to a sustainable society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780470587515 20160607
207 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), plans (chiefly col.).
xi, 260 p.
  • 1. Taking up the challenge 2. Educating for inquiring practice in sustainability 3. Ideas and practices 4. Promoting alternative questioning, policies and practices in mainstream organisations - Catalysing a strategic approach to sustainability in a major IT company Chris Preist - On being a change agent for sustainability Christel Scholten - Imbuing work with ecological values Helen Goulden - Thinking out of the box: Introducing action research into neighbourhood practice in the north-west of England Helena Kettleborough - Choose life James Barlow - Leadership for change in USA public food procurement: People, products and policy Karen Karp - Two worlds? Mark Gater - Putting my learning into practice Prishani Satyapal 5. Establishing sustainability practices in organisations and industries - Working below the parapet Alison Kennedy - Protesting and engaging for change Kene Umeasiegbu - Building an iconic eco-factory Vidhura Ralapanawe 6. Paying attention to everyday practices of sustainable living - Like a river flows: How do we call forth 'a world worthy of human aspiration'? Helen Sieroda - Sport as inquiry: Safe escape, activism and a journey into self Jon Alexander 7. Seeking to shift systemic rules and awareness - Lessons from the entrepreneurial path Charles O'Malley - Creating places to stand and the levers to move the world David Bent - Leading by nature Jen Morgan - The practice of making business responsible Paul Dickinson - The gap between discourse and practice: Holding promoters of Amazon infrastructure projects to account Roland Widmer 8. Connecting up stakeholders for more sustainable outcomes - Katine Jo Confino - Challenging the system with the success of inquiry Nick Pyatt - Collaborative conservation Simon Hicks 9. Itinerant change agents to professions and sectors - 'Holding up the tightrope' - helping us all act for sustainability Charles Ainger - Doing things right - and doing the right thing Simon Cooper 10. Working through community and society - The journey to CONVERGE Ian Roderick - GYVA.LT: An initiative to promote environmentally friendly living and sustainability in Lithuania Indre Kleinaite - CultureWork for a world in transition Paula Downey 11. Working with young people - Growing food - growing people Jane Riddiford - Learning for sustainability: Living a new world-view Joanne Bailey - A journey of dialoguing: Peace and inner peace Lalith Gunaratne and Mihirini De Zoysa 12. Reflections Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781907643484 20160612
Those who advocate moving towards sustainability debate how change can be achieved. Does it have necessarily to be top-down or can it also be bottom-up? Can radical organisational and social change be spread from "the middle"? Who can lead change when those with seniority and credibility are necessarily embedded in currently dominant mind-sets and power structures? This book focuses on what it means to take up leadership for sustainability, from a variety of organisational and social positions, and considers the consequences of different strategies and practices for influencing change. Leadership for Sustainability shows what an action research based practice of leadership for sustainability looks like and provides a sense of the personal and professional challenges this involves; it demonstrates how people who are influencing change draw on reflective practice strategically (to create a context in which they can be influential) and also tactically (in moment-to-moment choices about how to act). It also illustrates and reflects on the kinds of outcomes that can be expected from this work, both the specific and strategic achievements, and the difficulties, challenges and disappointments. Thus the major part of this volume consists of accounts by graduates of an innovative Master's programme, the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice, of their activities, projects, achievements and learning. Accompanying sections from the editors overview, analyse and reflect on these accounts and the issues they raise for notions of leadership, practice, sustainability and change. One substantial chapter offers ideas, frameworks and practices for people taking leadership. One of the most dispiriting aspects of the environmental challenges that beset us is the lack of agency that many people experience: we do not know what to do or how to do it. Many organisations espouse a sustainable approach. This may be lip service or it may be a genuine attempt to integrate sustainability into business strategy. Whatever form it takes, organisational sustainability programmes need committed, intelligent, reflective leadership at all levels to make them work. The examples in this book show how people in very different contexts have seized the opportunities open to them and acted with courage and initiative to make a difference. This book will be relevant to a wide range of people, including managers, consultants and others in commercial, non-profit, public and intergovernmental organisations who want to contribute to the development of a sustainable world. It will be of particular interest to people working in organisations already thinking about issues of sustainability and those who are seeking to take on the role of change agents in organisations or communities. In addition, the book will be a resource for those in educational fields, primarily but not exclusively higher and further education, who wish to work with their students to develop leadership practices through action research based educational approaches. All contributors to this book have been associated with the MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice at the University of Bath, School of Management, UK, either as tutors or participants. This innovative degree course used action research to engage with challenging issues in a wide range of business, public service and civil society contexts. At the heart of this book are stories from 29 people who are seeking to make the world more environmentally sustainable and socially just. They report their purposes, journeys, impacts, learning and disappointments. Their accounts are diverse and from many different worlds, ranging from fast moving consumer goods to international forestry and conservation projects. They have in common that they are among the 254 graduates of an innovative Master's programme, the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice community, who in one way or another are adopting action research as a practice of taking leadership for sustainability, and believe their actions can be significant contributions to the causes that matter to them.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781907643484 20160612


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