Encyclopedia of sustainability [electronic resource] / Robin Morris Collin, Robert William Collin.

Collin, Robin Morris [Browse]
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood Press, c2009.
1 online resource (3 v.) : ill.


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From the Publisher: This expansive encyclopedia breaks new ground, giving definition and focus to an urgent and much-talked-about topic that is extraordinarily wide ranging and all too often misunderstood. As the first major reference work in its field, the three comprehensive volumes span the entire scope of sustainability from ecological concepts to financial concerns to public policy and community action, giving readers a solid foundation from which to think critically about efforts to make a more sustainable world. The Encyclopedia of Sustainability comprises three volumes, each dedicated to one of three equally important contexts in which the term is used: environment and ecology, business and economics, and equity and fairness. Each volume provides authoritative but accessible coverage of basic concepts and terms, as well as policy initiatives, controversies, and future trends. Volumes also include biographical sketches of important contributors to sustainability efforts from the scientific, economic, public policy, and activist realms, plus extensive listings of print and online resources for further exploration.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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  • Volume 1: Environment And Ecology
  • Guide to related topics
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1: Overview
  • Webs of life: the interrelatedness of natural systems
  • Human impacts of webs of life
  • Sustainable development: growth within the webs of life
  • 2: Definitions And Contexts
  • Language of sustainability
  • Atmosphere
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
  • Human values and goals
  • Land, soil, and forests
  • Waste, pollution, and toxic substances
  • Water
  • 3: Government And United Nations Involvement
  • Role of government in sustainability
  • Barriers to governmental roles in sustainability
  • United Nations
  • United States
  • Local and regional governmental activities
  • 4: Controversies
  • Agriculture
  • Climate change
  • Democracy and sustainability
  • Ecotourism
  • Energy sources
  • Environmental reparations
  • Ex situ conservation: museums, zoos, and conservatories
  • Green consuming
  • Growth and development
  • Information
  • Market-based solutions
  • Population and consumption
  • Private property: can it continue sustainably?
  • Risk assessment
  • Science for policy decisions
  • Sustainable development
  • Tragedy of the commons
  • Urban sprawl
  • War
  • 5: Future Directions And Emerging Trends
  • Changing our thinking: from inexhaustible to irreplaceable
  • Collaborative decision-making processes
  • Education on the environment for sustainability
  • Environmental basis of sustainability and capitalism
  • Risk analysis: commonly held risk perception
  • Science for policy
  • Appendix A: Portal web sites
  • Appendix B: Rio declaration on environment and development
  • Appendix C: Agenda 21
  • Appendix D: Millennium ecosystem assessment
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Volume 2: Business And Economics
  • 1: Introduction And Overview
  • Human impacts on ecosystems
  • Globalization: development or disaster?
  • Role and responsibility of business and economics for sustainability
  • Adaptive economic systems: the restorative economy
  • Economies and the webs of life
  • Use of resources and energy
  • Role of business, consumers, and investors in achieving sustainability
  • Need for economic development: poverty
  • Language of sustainable business
  • Fisheries and fishing
  • Finance
  • Globalization
  • Key business sectors
  • Market-based strategies
  • Clean production technologies
  • Water systems
  • Role of government in moving the economy toward sustainability
  • World trade organization (Formerly GATT)
  • North American free trade agreement (NAFTA)
  • State and local initiatives
  • Agribusiness and sustainability
  • Audit privilege
  • Business duties to future generations
  • Capitalism and sustainability
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Development lending: structural adjustments
  • Disaster relief and displacement
  • Energy
  • Free trade
  • Green consumerism
  • Green washing
  • Information and knowledge: essential for sustainability
  • Labor
  • Localization
  • Market-based solutions to environmental degradation
  • Poverty
  • Real estate
  • Resource subsidies
  • Technology transfer, intellectual property rights, and the developing world
  • Immigration
  • Globalization of markets
  • Unsustainable industrial sectors
  • War, peace, and peacekeeping
  • Equity
  • Globalization and localization
  • Shares: load sharing, catch sharing
  • Sustainability assessments and audits
  • Sustainability indices
  • Technology and information sharing
  • Un-green economic initiative
  • Appendix B: Equator principles
  • Appendix C: Ceres principles
  • Volume 3: Equity And Fairness
  • What's fairness got to do with it? how equity fits into sustainability
  • Equity as the context for sustainability
  • Equity and poverty
  • Human health and the environment
  • Poverty: the international context
  • Urban context of equity in the United States
  • What values are sustainable?
  • Language of sustainable communities
  • Civil society movement
  • Environmental justice
  • Globalization: increasing inequity
  • Public participation: sustainability as a process of inclusion in environmental decision making
  • Urban land: growth of urbanization around the globe
  • Role of government in ensuring equity under sustainability
  • State and local governments
  • Aid: disaster relief models and infrastructure models
  • Children's health
  • Cities and the environment
  • Political and ecological boundaries
  • Poverty and the environment
  • Race and waste
  • Risk perception
  • Role of women
  • Uncertainty in facts and values
  • Asset building movement
  • Collaborative approaches
  • Community health mapping
  • Industrial values
  • Millennium development goals
  • Place studies
  • Appendix B: Millennium development goals
  • Appendix C: Earth charter
  • Index.
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