Sustainable solutions : problem solving for current and future generations
- Richard Niesenbaum.
- New York : Oxford University Press, 
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- Physical description
- xiv, 431 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
- Niesenbaum, Richard A., author.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- PART I. AN INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY
- CHAPTER 1. THE PROBLEMS WE MUST SOLVE Introduction: A Solutions Based Approach Natural Resources and Global Environmental Issues The Human Condition Developing Sustainable Solutions
- CHAPTER 2. DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS 2.1 From Environmentalism to Sustainability: An Historical Context 2.2 A Working Definition of Sustainability 2.3 Implementing and Assessing Sustainable Solutions 2.4 A Lexicon for Sustainable Problem Solving
- PART II: THE EARTH AS A RESOURCE: MOVING TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
- CHAPTER 3. THE AIR WE BREATHE 3.1. Air Pollution 3.2 Sustainable Solutions for Air Pollution 3.4 Assessing the Sustainability of Clean Air Action
- CHAPTER 4. WATER: USING OUR PLANET TO QUENCH OUR THIRST 4.1 Hydrology: The Storage and Movement of Water 4.2 Limited Access to a Vital Resource 4.3 Impacting Aquatic Ecosystems 4.4 Policies to Sustain Water 4.5 Innovative and Technical Solutions 4.6 Ecological Approaches for Sustaining Aquatic Resources 4.7 Assessing Sustainable Solutions to the Water Crisis 4.8 Recipes for Greater Success
- CHAPTER 5. FOOD & AGRICULTURE: USING OUR PLANETS TO SUSTAIN OURSELVES 5.1 A Brief History of Agriculture 5.2 Sustainable Solutions: Food & Agriculture 5.3 Assessing Food Systems Sustainability
- CHAPTER 6. FROM FOSSIL FUELS TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE 6.1 Fossil Fuels 6.2 A Sustainable Energy Future: Renewable Technologies 6.3 New Technologies to Manage and Distribute Energy 6.4 Transportation 6.5 Barriers to a Renewable Future 6.6 Overcoming Barriers to a Sustainable Energy Future 6.7 Assessing Our Sustainable Energy Future 6.8 The Transition Is Underway
- CHAPTER 7. FOREST AND MINERAL RESOURCES: MATERIALS TO MAKE STUFF 7.1 Forest Resources 7.2 Sustaining Our Forests 7.3 Can We Sustain Our Forest Resources? 7.4 Mineral Resources 7.5 Making Mineral Resources More Sustainable 7.6 Is Sustainable Mining Achievable? 7.7 Systems Thinking and Sustainable Resource Management
- CHAPTER 8. SOLVING OUR GARBAGE PROBLEM 8.1 The Garbage We Produce 8.2 Policy Solutions for Managing and Reducing Waste 8.3 Applied Solutions for the Global Garbage Problem 8.4 Garbage and the Linear Economy 8.5 A New Paradigm for Economic Growth and Development
- PART III: INTEGRATING SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS AT DIFFERENT LEVELS OF ORGANIZATION
- CHAPTER 9. THE POWER OF INDIVIDUALS 9.1 Individual Action 9.2 Individuals as Effective Agents of Change 9.3 Individual Action for Diverse Populations 9.4 Increasing the Power of Individuals
- CHAPTER 10. ORGANIZATIONS, INSTITUTIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY 10.1 Educational Institutions 10.2 Corporate and Business Institutions 10.3 The Role of Other Institutions 10.4 New Institutional Paradigms
- CHAPTER 11. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES, CITIES, AND REGIONS 11.1 Community Sustainability 11.2 Smart Growth, New Urbanism, and Regional Sustainability 11.3 Barriers to Community and Regional Sustainability 11.4 Removing the Barriers to Community and Regional Sustainability
- CHAPTER 12. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY 12.1 Sustainable Development 12.2 Sustainable Development Initiatives 12.3 Barriers to Global Sustainability 12.4 Our Sustainable Future
- APPENDIX I: List of Abbreviations INDEX.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
There has been a recent proliferation in the number of undergraduate and graduate programs in sustainability-related areas1, but the number of text books that can serve these new curricula is extremely limited. The objective of the proposed book is to fill that void by offering a problem solving or solutions-based approach to teaching sustainability. This will be achieved by providing the necessary content to understand the concept of sustainability as it relates to a variety of natural resources, technologies, and social structures, and will then offer students the opportunity to move beyond the content and examine specific examples of ways that sustainability can be achieved and assessed in each of the thematic areas. The book will offer students opportunities to make interdisciplinary connections and see how things like individual and institutional behaviors, novel collaborations, innovation and entrepreneurship, new technologies, and policy decisions can be used to achieve sustainable solutions. The focus audience for this book will be undergraduates and entering graduate students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds that that have had some exposure to environmental issues who are now ready access this content within an analytical and solutions-based context.
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