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  • Preface-- 1. Sustainability as a Competitive Business Advantage-- 2. Situation Analysis-- 3, Strategy Development-- 4. Action Plan Development-- 5. Examples-- Appendices and Supporting Documents.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789048191260 20160605
Dealing with environmental issues should no longer be considered simply as a cost of doing business. Effective environmental improvements to a company's products and services can be turned into business opportunities. This book was written with the express purpose of helping managers of companies, in particular of Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs), to better deal with environmental challenges and address customer requirements, all in order to turn their environmental inve- ments into competitive market advantages. Several examples are provided throughout the book, but also warning signs (Alert Boxes). These "Alerts" are posted to help managers avoid typical traps when working with environmental considerations in business processes. The authors have many years of experience in the various aspects of impleme- ing Ecodesign. This experience includes working in industry for many years; le- ing the environmental departments in a multinational company; managing research projects in eco-product development; Life Cycle Assessment; and national and international environmental communication and marketing. This book is the latest in a series. The 2002 "Ecodesign Pilot" introduced a tool and software to help design more environmentally compatible products. It was directed specifically at designers. The 2004 book, "Ecodesign Implementation", was written to help project managers optimize product development processes from an environmental perspective.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789048191260 20160605
dx.doi.org SpringerLink
x, 124 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Green Library
x, 205 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction * Part I: Past * Progress and its Discontents * From Muir to Meadows * Sustainability Emerging * From Rio to Kyoto and Later Disappointments * Part Two: Present * What Does 'Sustainable Development' Mean? * Taking Sustainability into Economics * 'Putting a Price on the Planet' * The Ethics of Sustainability * Part Three: Future * The End of Sustainability? * Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781844077069 20160528
At a time of increasingly rapid environmental deterioration and climate change, sustainability is one of the most important issues facing the world. Can we create a sustainable society? What would that mean? How should we set about doing it? How can we bring about such a profound change in the way things are organized? This text tackles these questions directly. It covers: historical development of the concept of sustainability; contemporary debates about how to achieve it; and obstacles and the prospects for overcoming them. This new fully revised edition covers the latest on the climate change front, particularly the advances in scientific understanding and political awareness of climate change. Other updates include more recent economic analyses, particularly the Stern Report, and the global shift away from faith in markets over the past five years.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781844077069 20160528
Green Library
xvii, 486 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 0. Sustainable Development: Towards a Broader Policy Agenda-- 1. Natural Capital, Resource Dependency and Poverty in Developing Countries: The Problem of "Dualism within Dualism"-- 2. Measuring Development Prospects by 'Greening' the National Accounts-- 3. Impacts of Macroeconomic Policies on the Environment, Natural Resources and Welfare in Developing Countries-- 4. Political Economy and Natural Resource Use-- 5. Structural Adjustment and Sustainable Development-- 6. Trade and the Environment in Developing Economies-- 7. Environmental Policy Instruments in Developing Countries-- 8. Energy, Equity and Economic Development-- 9. Water Institutional Reforms in Developing Countries: Insights, Evidences, and Case Studies-- 10. Water Quality Issues in Developing Countries-- 11. Urban Air Pollution, Health and Policy Instruments-- 12. The Economics of Terrestrial Biodiversity Conservation in Developing Nations-- 13. Conservation of Tropical Forests: Addressing Market Failure-- Appendix.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199297993 20160528
Economic growth as we know it today cannot persist indefinitely if it entails continuous degradation of natural resources and the environment. While in a few countries around the world it appears that environmental degradation has been the result of rapid economic growth, in the vast majority of the developing countries the environment has been equally spoiled despite slow or even negative economic growth. This book provides new insights on the common roots of economic stagnation, poverty and environmental degradation which, unfortunately, generally reside in misguided government policies and priorities. By doing this, the volume seeks to provide a broader policy option framework than those found in conventional policy analyses, mainly dominated by the "Washington Consensus". It shows that a major omission of the conventional view is that governments tend to allocate government expenditures in a biased way favouring subsidies to the economic elites to the detriment of investments in public goods, including human capital, R&D, as well as the development of institutions (environmental and otherwise), which are vital for long run growth, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199298006 20160528
Green Library
xii, 303 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Part one - methodological issues towards integrative analysis: reconciling the irreconcilable, Judith Bradbury, Steve Rayner-- reframing environmental valuation - reasoning about resource use and the redistribution of sustainability, Martin O'Connor-- multicriteria-based environmental policy, Silvio O. Funtowicz, Juan Martinez-Alier, Giuseppe Munda, Jerry Ravetz-- integrated assessment - current practices and challenges for the future, Jan Rotmans, Marjolein B.A. Van Asselt. Part two - participatory frameworks: ecological and economic context of the proposed Paraguay-Parana Hidrovia and implications for decision-making, Emiko Kawakami de Resende, Sylvia S. Tognetti-- collaborative planning and co-management - the development plan for Zudanez, Chhuquisaca, Bolivia, Claudia E. Natenzon, Hector A. Poggiese-- challenges and opportunities for scientist-stakeholder collaboration in integrated assessment of climate change, Stewart J. Cohen-- signs of life - linking indicators and models in the context of QUEST, Dale S. Rothman, John B. Robinson, Dave Biggs. Part three - perspectives in ecological economic modelling: integrated modelling and evaluation of spatial and dynamic-evolutionary processes in environment-economic systems, Jeroen C.J.M. Van Den Bergh-- non-equilibrium theory of African arid ecosystems, designing for monitoring and evaluation, Maryam Niamir-Fuller-- linking the environment with production activities - an extended input-output model to assess the impacts of production on deforestation, Maria J. Willumsen-- dynamic modelling of energy use and emissions, the case of US iron and steel, Matthias Ruth.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781840649130 20160527
Decision-makers increasingly seek to design environmental and development policies that will support sustainable development. Thus, practical tools to help formulate sustainable development policies and clear methods to assess their acceptability and effectiveness are urgently needed. This book aims to contribute to meeting these needs by presenting both analytical and empirical aspects of decision-making processes. The authors explore the methods of integrating environmental and social sciences to support participatory policy design, implementation and assessment of sustainable development policies. These methods are applied and discussed with reference to several case studies from various regions of the world. Although each chapter has a distinct focus, they all contribute to a clearer understanding of how sustainable development is perceived and assessed by society. The book is interdisciplinary, emphasizing how the integration of a wide set of disciplines and stakeholder perspectives into the policy-making process can help better understand sustainable development policies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781840649130 20160527
Green Library
158 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
East Asia Library
xvi, 173 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Part 1: Approaching Local Sustainability 1. Introduction 2. Sustainable Development 3. Ecological Modernization 4. Urban Regime Theory 5. Regulation Theory 6. Conclusions Part 2: The Changing Context for Local Economic Development 7. Introduction 8. Changing International and National Contexts 9. From Fordism to Post-Fordism? 10. The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies 11. Globalization and the Drive for Free Trade 12. Changing Public Policies: Neo-Liberalism and the State 13. Conclusions Part 3: The Changing Environmental Policy Context for Local Action 14. Introduction 15. The International Policy Context 16. International Agreements on the Environment 17. The European Environmental Policy Context 18. Differing National Contexts 19. The USA 20. Japan 21. Australia 22. The United Kingdom 23. Sweden 24. Conclusions Part 4: Integrating Economic Development and Environmental Strategies at the Local Level 25. Introduction 26. Principles for Sustainable Development in Local Areas and Regions 27. Ecological Principles 28. Resource Efficiency Principles 29. Governance Principles 30. Measurement of Impact Principles 31. Principles for Sustainable Local and Regional Economies 32. Community and Work-based Themes 33. Business Themes 34. Themes for Local and Regional Government 35. Implementing Sustainable Local and Regional Economic Development: Bioregionalism and Regional Environmental Management Systems 36. Conclusions Part 5: Sustainability and Economic Regeneration: Making it Happen on the Ground 37. Introduction 38. Land Use and Transport Planning 39. Advice and Support for Local Business to Improve Environmental Performance 40. Using Technology for Sustainability 41. Promoting Green Consumerism and Purchasing Policies 42. Targeted Inward Investment Strategy 43. Changing Governance Structures 44. Promoting the Environmental Business Sector 45. Linking Economic Development, Labour Markets and Social Policy 46. Partnerships Between Local Government and Industry 47. Provision of Sustainability Infrastructure 48. Industrial Ecology and Eco-Industrial Parks 49. Indicators and Output Measurement 50. Conclusions Part 6: Integrating Economic Development and the Environment: Future Prospects for Local Areas 51. Introduction 52. Reflections on Theory 53. The Strengths and Weaknesses of a Local Approach.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415168250 20160527
Concerns about the impact of economic development upon the global environment have increased in recent years. Sustainable development has been proposed as a means of reconciling the pressures between the two, allowing the integration of economic, environmental and social concerns. While policy makers at international, national and local levels have rapidly adopted sustainable development as a key aim, there is a great deal of uncertainty as to what it means in practice. This book focuses upon the potential to integrate economic and environmental policies at the local and regional scale. Local initiatives are investigated within their wider economic and environmental policy contexts in order to illustrate both the constraints and opportunities for local policy makers. Attention is given to global economic trends, as well as to the specific policy contexts of the European Union and the national contexts of the UK, USA, Australia, Japan and Sweden. The key principles for designing integrative policies and descriptions of initiatives and projects in a variety of locations are also considered. This book will be of vital interest not only to students and academics working in the field of local development, but also to policy makers and planners seeking guidelines for the role of local government in the local economy, sustainable development and the implementation of policies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415168250 20160527
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
200 p. 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- Part I: Past Progress and its Discontents-- From Muir to Meadow-- Sustainability Emerging-- From Rio to Kyoto-- Part II: Present-- What does 'Sustainable Development' Mean?-- Taking Sustainability in Economics-- Putting a Price on the Planet-- The Ethics of Sustainability-- Part III: Future-- The End of Sustainability-- Bibliography, Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781853838422 20160528
At a time of increasingly rapid environmental deterioration, sustainability is one of the most important issues facing the world. Can we create a sustainable society? What would that mean? How should we set about doing it? How can we bring about such a profound change in the way things are organized? This text tackles these questions directly. It goes beyond rhetoric to explain the deeper issues of sustainable development in a way that seeks to be accessible and interesting to the non-specialist reader. It covers: historical development of the concept of sustainability; contemporary debates about how to achieve it; and obstacles and the prospects for overcoming them. The work should be useful to students, academics and activists concerned with sustainable development. It assumes no previous knowledge of the subject.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781853838422 20160528
Green Library
xxiv, 358 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. + 1 computer laser optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
  • About the Resource Book * Sustainable Development and the Need for Strategic Responses * The Nature of Sustainable Development Strategies and Current Practice * Key Steps in Starting or Improving Strategies for Sustainable Development * Analysis * Participation in Strategies for Sustainable Development * Communications * Strategy Decision-making * The Financial Basis for Strategies * Monitoring and Evaluation Systems * Appendices * References * Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781853839474 20160528
This book is a cornerstone resource for a wide range of organizations and individuals concerned with sustainable development at national or local levels, as well as for international organizations concerned with supporting such development. Whilst the focus is on integrated strategies for sustainable development, the approaches and methods covered are equally relevant to poverty reduction, environmental and sectoral strategies, programme development and review. Agenda 21 called for all countries to develop sustainable development strategies. For such strategies to be effective there needs to be a real commitment. In every country, government at all levels, the private sector, and civil society, must work together in a true partnership, in transparent ways which enable genuine stakeholder participation. The necessary mechanisms and processes need to be coordinated to enable continuous learning and improvement. This resource book provides flexible, non-prescriptive guidance on how to develop, assess and implement national sustainable development strategies. It sets out principles and ideas on process and methods, and suggests how these can be used. It is based on an analysis of past and current practice, drawing directly from experience in both developed and developing countries. Following a discussion of the nature and challenges of sustainable development and the need for strategic responses to them, the heart of the book covers the main tasks in strategy processes. Individual chapters offer a rich range of guidance, ideas and case studies.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781853839474 20160528
Green Library, SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xi, 246 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • List of figures and tables. Preface. 1. Economic growth and the environment: an introduction. Part I: Theories and concepts. 2. The limits to growth debate. 3. Interactions between economic and environmental systems. 4. Delinking environmental impacts from economic growth: issues of scale and indicators. 5. The environmental Kuznets curve hypothesis. 6. Economic growth and emissions: revising the environmental Kuznets curve. 7. Short and long-term effects of economic growth on pollution. 8. Trends of dematerialisation and rematerialisation in aggregated throughput. Part II: Empirical analysis of growth and the environment. 9. Decomposition analysis: a tool to investigate the relationship between emissions and income. 10. Driving forces underlying reductions in sulphur emissions. 11. Industrial restructuring and the reduction of heavy metal emissions in North Rhine-Westfalia. 12. Conclusions. References.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780792361534 20160528
Is economic growth good for the environment? A number of economists have claimed that economic growth can benefit the environment, recruiting political support and finance for environmental policy measures. This view has received increasing support since the early 1990s from empirical evidence that has challenged the traditional environmentalist's belief that economic growth degrades the environment. This book reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on growth and the environment, giving an in-depth empirical treatment of the relationship between the two. Various hypotheses are formulated and tested for a number of indicators of environmental pressure. The test results indicate that alternative models and estimation methods should be used, altering previous conclusions about the effect of economic growth on the environment and offering an insight into the forces driving emission reduction in developed countries.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780792361534 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xi, 374 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • 1. Introduction 2. Perceptions of Environmental Scarcity 3. Wealth Creation: Distinguishing between Production, Welfare, Growth and Development 4. The Concept of Environmental Sustainability 5. Accounting for Production and the Environment 6. Population, Affluence, Technology and Environmental Impacts 7. Review and Critique of the Environmental Kuznets Curve Hypothesis 8. The Dividends from Environmental Taxation 9. Decision-Making and the Costs Related to Climate Change 10. Sustainability and Sulphur Emissions: The Case of the UK, 1970-2010 11. Conclusions.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415173322 20160527
A key area of public policy in the 20 years from 1979 is the question of how, and how much, to protect the environment. At the heart of this has been the heated debate over the nature of the relationship between economic growth and environmental sustainability. Is environmentally sustainable economic growth or "green growth", a contradiction in terms? Avoiding the confusion that often surrounds these issues, Ekins provides expositions of the concept of sustainability, integrated environmental and economic accounting, the Environmental Kuznets Curve, the economics of climate change and environmental taxation. Individual chapters are organized as self-contained expositions of the core issues of environmental economics, with extensive cross-referencing from one chapter to another, in order to guide the student or policy-maker through these complex problems. Paul Ekins defines the conditions of compatibility between economic growth and environmental sustainability, and provides measures and criteria by which the environmental sustainability of economic growth, as it occurs in the real world, may be judged. It is argued that "green growth" is not only theoretically possible but economically achievable and the authors show what environmental and economic policies are required to achieve this.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415173322 20160527
Green Library
xix, 236 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
This work examines ways that environmental sustainability has been incorporated into existing theories of economic development. To show this, the author makes use of theoretical approaches, draws policy implications, and illustrates each point with case studies from developing countries.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780275957414 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xii, 360 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xiv, 226 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Part 1 The archaeology of the development idea: the archaeology of the development idea - a guide to the ruins, the discovery of poverty, technology as a Trojan Horse, the economist's blind eye, from "development" to "security" Part 2 The shaky ground of sustainability: global ecology and the shadow of development - Truman and what followed, ambiguous claims for justice, Earth's finiteness as a management problem, bargaining for the rest of nature, efficiency and sufficiency, the hegemony of globalism-- the gospel of global efficiency - more out of less, resources everywhere, never enough, always rational-- environment and development - the story of a dangerous liaison - setting the stage for the Brundtland report, a successful ambivalence, survival as a new raison d'etat, global knowledge versus local knowledge, towards a global ecocracy? sustainable development - the political anatomy of an oxymoron - at the dawn of the security age, the horns of the dilemma, the context perspective, the astronaut's perspective, the home perspective. Part 3 In the image of the planet: one world - many worlds? one mankind, one market, one planet, space against place, cosmopolitan localism-- the blue planet - on the ambiguity of a modern icon - the construction of the Earth through an image, invention of the biosphere, the image and sentimental ecology, the image and technocratic ecology-- globalization and sustainability. Part 4 Ecology and equity in a post-development era: ecology, justice and the end of development - point of departure, landslide, impasse, the new colour of justice, an opening-- the two meanings of resource productivity - productivity as abundance, productivity as efficiency, can limits be productive? the full sense of resource productivity, the blind spot of efficiency, efficiency and sufficiency-- speed limits - body and machine, colliding timescales, double power, in remembrance of time gained, counterproductive effects, selective slowness-- the power of limits - an inquiry into new models of wealth - eco-intelligent goods and services, lower speeds and the plurality of time scales, shorter distances and the plurality of spaces, wealth in time rather than wealth in goods, well-being instead of well-having.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781856497015 20160528
This is a collection of explorations of some of the foremost issues the world faces at the end of the century. It considers the crisis of the Western world's relations with nature and social justice, examining: efficiency - the mantra of our times; speed - the love affair with modernity; globalization - a market inevitability and the juggernaut of history; sustainability - oxymoron as rhetoric; development - the 20th century's great undelivered promise; and limits - a new principle for the coming century.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781856497015 20160528
Green Library
xiii, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Preface List of Abbreviations List of Contributors Sustainable Developments as Concept and Norm-- W.M.Lafferty and O.Langhelle A Global Ethic of Sustainability?-- J.Wetlesen On Need: A Central Concept in the Brundtland Report-- W.Haland Sustainable Development, State Sovereignty and International Justice-- A.Follesdal Sustainability, Morality and Future Generations-- P.Ariansen The Limits of Nature-- N.Stenseth Nature, Market and Ignorance: Can Development Be Managed?-- O.Langhelle Sustainable Development: Caught Between National Sovereignty and International Challenges-- J.B.Skjarseth Economic Analysis of Sustainability-- G.Asheim Economic Initiatives and Sustainable Development: An Assessment of Initiatives and Possibilities-- S.Hansen Future Challenges of Sustainable Development-- W.M.Lafferty and O.Langhelle Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333715215 20160528
The idea of "sustainable development" was given global prominence through the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. By presenting an integrated exposition of the underlying logic of sustainable development, the book aims to maintain and strengthen the concept's intellectual and moral appeal. While fully recognizing the concept's weaknesses and ambiguities, the overall message of the book is that the concept is nonetheless the best available idea for achieving ecological balance with both global and generational equity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312216696 20160527
The idea of 'sustainable development' was given global prominence through the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. Since then the concept has been heatedly debated, mostly from a critical point of view. There has been a general tendency to narrow the idea to cover only environmental 'sustainability', neglecting vital aspects of both global solidarity and inter-generational equity. The purpose of the present book is to elaborate the integrated nature of the concept as it was originally outlined in the World Commission report. Given the key role of Norway's Prime Minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland, as head of the World Commission, it is appropriate that Norwegian social scientists attempt to develop the concept in a more constructive and pragmatic direction. The first step towards this goal is conceptual clarification of the original intent and interdependencies inherent in the concept. It is the opinion of the editors that the concept is both much more consistent and potentially much more radical than is frequently recognised. The book appears at a time when the commitments and accords from the Rio Earth Summit are being placed under increasing doubt. By presenting an integrated exposition of the underlying logic of sustainable development, the book aims to maintain and strengthen the concept's intellectual and moral appeal. While fully recognising the concept's weaknesses and ambiguities, the overall message of the book is that the concept is nonetheless the best available idea for achieving ecological balance with both global and generational equity.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780333715215 20160528
Green Library
77 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Green Library
xv, 252 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Green Library


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