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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.

Encyclopedia Of Sustainability 3 Volumes

Author : Robin Morris Collin
ISBN : 9780313352621
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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This three-volume encyclopedia explores the concept of sustainability in the contexts of the environment, economics, and justice. • Includes biological sketches of important leaders including Mohammad Yunnus, Wangari Maathai, and Karl Henrik RobËrt • Offers over 50 illustrations and drawings and a variety of helpful maps • Appendices of original documents not easily located otherwise • A guide to related topics opens each volume, allowing quick reference to entries by theme •A "Definitions and Contexts" section unique to each volume provides readers with a crash course in the often complex language of sustainability

The Business Of Sustainability

Author : Scott G. McNall
ISBN : 9780313384943
Genre : Business & Economics
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This three-volume set is a landmark comprehensive overview of the business of sustainability, providing 56 separate chapters from leaders in business, non-profit organizations, and from within the academic and policy world. * Contributions from more than 70 authors recognized for their work in sustainability * Several chapters with systemic frameworks * Numerous case studies demonstrating successful approaches by industry innovators * 55 figures with models and steps for analyses * A bibliography with each chapter

Will Sustainability Fly

Author : Mr Walter J Palmer
ISBN : 9781472401267
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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International air and marine travel have been left to one side in past negotiations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but unless something is done, emissions from this segment of the world economy will form a progressively larger percentage of the total, especially as emissions fall in other activities. Will Sustainability Fly? broadens and contextualizes the knowledge resource available to academics, policy makers, air industry leaders and stakeholders, and interested members of the public. The book focuses on fuel, providing background in technical and policy terms, from the broadest reliable sources of information available, for the necessary discourse on society's reaction to the evolving aviation emissions profile.

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.

Corporate Stewardship

Author : Susan Albers Mohrman
ISBN : 9781351285391
Genre : Business & Economics
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Stewardship entails a profound understanding and acceptance of the challenges that result from the organization’s interdependence with the societal and ecological contexts in which it operates—and of what it takes to embrace the challenges to be a force for building a viable future. This book dares to ask ‘why’ business leaders should embrace stewardship in the current market where profit reigns supreme. A shift in approach represents fundamental change for the corporate world, and even the most advanced corporations consider themselves to be in the starting block of this transition. The book sets out the practical ways in which corporate stewardship can be achieved through embedding new approaches across the different functions of a business. This book, written by the leading thinkers in sustainability research, provides practical guidance on how companies can resolve the paradoxical challenges they face. How can they be at the same time profitable and responsible, effective and ethical, sustainable and adaptable? It explores what businesses are doing, what they can and should do to effectively respond to external challenges, and focuses on how leaders can create cultures, strategies, and designs far beyond “business as usual”.Stewards must not only make proper current use of that which they hold in trust, they also must leave it in better condition for use by future generations. Corporate Stewardship challenges managers, executives, and directors of global corporations to think and act as stewards of both their organizations and the physical and social environments in which they operate.

Beef Palatability In The Republic Of South Africa

Author : John Thompson
ISBN : 1921615907
Genre : Beef
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