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Certifiably Sustainable

Author : National Research Council
ISBN : 0309157595
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Consumption of goods and services represents a growing share of global economic activity. In the United States, consumption accounts for more than two-thirds of gross domestic product. This trend of increasing consumption has brought with it negative consequences for the environment and human well-being. Global demand for energy, food, and all manner of goods is on the rise, putting strains on the natural and human capital required to produce them. Extractive industries and production processes are prominent causes of species endangerment. Modern economies are underpinned by substantial energy consumption, a primary contributor to the current climate crisis. Expanding international trade has led to many economic opportunities, but has also contributed to unfair labor practices and wealth disparities. While certain processes have improved or become more efficient, and certain practices have been outlawed or amended, the sheer scale of global consumption and its attendant impacts continue to be major challenges we face in the transition to sustainability. Third-party certification systems have emerged over the last 15 years as a tool with some promise. There has been anecdotal evidence of success, but to date the overall impact of certified goods and services has been small. Moreover, definitions of sustainable vary across sectors and markets, and rigorous assessments of these programs have been few and far between. In order to take a step in learning from this field of practice, the National Academies' Science and Technology for Sustainability Program held a workshop to illuminate the decision making process of those who purchase and produce certified goods and services. It was also intended to help clarify the scope and limitations of the scientific knowledge that might contribute to the economic success of certified products. The workshop, summarized in this volume, involved presentations and discussions with approximately 40 invited experts from academia, business, government, and nongovernmental organizations.

Designing Commercial Interiors

Author : Christine M. Piotrowski
ISBN : 9781118882085
Genre : Architecture
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A practical, comprehensive resource for commercial interior design Designing Commercial Interiors is the industry standard reference, now fully revised and expanded to reflect the latest developments in commercial interior design. This book guides you through the entire design process, from planning to execution, to teach you the vital considerations that will make your project a success. This new third edition includes new: Sustainability concepts for a variety of commercial spaces Coverage of accessibility, security, safety, and codes—and how these factors influence commercial design Chapters on design research, project process, and project management Drawings and photographs of design applications Supplemental instructor's resources Commercial interior design entails a much more complex set of design factors than residential design, and many of these considerations are matters of safety and law. This book walks you through the process to give you a solid understanding of the myriad factors in play throughout any commercial project, including how the global marketplace shapes designers' business activities. Whether it's a restaurant, office, lodging, retail, healthcare, or other facility, the interior designer's job is much more complicated when the project is commercial. Designing Commercial Interiors is an exhaustive collection of commercial design skills, methods, and critical factors for professionals, instructors, and those preparing for the NCIDQ exam.

Think Global Certify Local

Author : Anke Jurleit
ISBN : 9783738660340
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Global comparability and regional adaptation for community certification systems ----- exemplified by the water infrastructural components in the community.

Sustainable Development Finance

Author : United Nations. Division for Sustainable Development
ISBN : UOM:39015041112890
Genre : Business & Economics
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The collection of papers contained in this book identify a number of policy approaches which could assist in meeting financial objectives of Agenda 21. They constitute a wide-ranging & up-to-date overview of policies & the experiences of various countries, both developed & developing; from international & regional organizations; from the private sector & from academia.

Proceedings Of The Project Formulation Workshop On A Support Programme For Sustainable Management Conservation And Utilization Of Tropical Rain Forests In Asia

Author : FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
ISBN : MINN:31951D003635681
Genre : Rain forests
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Ecosystems And Sustainable Development

Author : Enzo Tiezzi
ISBN : 1845640136
Genre : Environmental management
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This volume contains edited papers from the Fifth International ECOSUD Conference, the latest in a well-established series which now seeks to integrate thermodynamics, ecology and economics into "ecodynamics". The contributions cover areas such as: Mathematical and System Modelling; Biodiversity; Sustainability Indicators; Data Collection; Economic Issues; Sustainable Waste Management; Environmental Risk; Conservation and Management of Ecological Areas; Natural Resources Management; Recovery of Damaged Areas; Energy Conservation and Generation; and Air Pollution and Its Effects On Ecosystems.

Ecosystems And Sustainable Development V

Author : Enzo Tiezzi
ISBN : 1845640136
Genre : Science
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Beyond the specific dimension of the individual, learning is a primary characteristic of life. Shifting our attention to local systems we can consider ecosystems and traditional communities as learning 'minds', according with Bateson's thought. We call environmental wisdom the explicit knowledge that emerges from long periods of co-evolution of people and nature in local systems, cast in the same lot. Environmental wisdom rises both from trial-and-error and from more subtle kinds of knowledge, involving aesthetic and intuition. It sediments as tradition or religion and deeply contribute to landscapes creation, keeping ecosystems and humans alive together. It is our belief, that in order to survive, local communities should re-connect themselves with their biological basis. As a first option we need to pay new attention to our boundaries; not to avoid contacts, exchanges, cross-fertilization with other people and other lands, but to reduce the impact of globalization and to retain cultural biodiversity. Only a network of self-centred communicating communities can provide a sufficient basis of diversity to achieve long-term sustainability. We believe we are living a moment of general crisis, a re-learning transition period that is inherently uncertain, and therefore we have to enlarge our cultural and technological basis, avoiding homogenization as the primary source of fragility. This book contains the proceedings from the fifth International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development. With over 70 contributions divided into sections such as: Biodiversity; Conservation and Management of Ecological Areas; Environmental and Ecological Policies; Natural Resources Management; Recovery of Damaged Areas and Remote Sensing.

Timber Supply In Canada

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ISBN : MINN:31951P005025151
Genre : Forest management
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Understanding Russian Nature

Author : Sari Autio
ISBN : 9521025980
Genre : Ecology
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Private Investment And The Environment

Author : Bradford S. Gentry
ISBN : UCSD:31822028780898
Genre : Business & Economics
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