Better Environmental Decisions: Strategies for Governments, Businesses, and Communities / Edition 1

Better Environmental Decisions: Strategies for Governments, Businesses, and Communities / Edition 1

by Ken Sexton
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559636149

ISBN-13: 9781559636148

Pub. Date: 11/28/1998

Publisher: Island Press

<p>Better Environmental Decisions reponds to the need for improved environmental decision making by bringing together leading scholars and practitioners to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary introduction to the subject. Each chapter describes an important aspect of environmental decision making; identifies key issues, problems, and barriers; and recommends…  See more details below

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<p>Better Environmental Decisions reponds to the need for improved environmental decision making by bringing together leading scholars and practitioners to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary introduction to the subject. Each chapter describes an important aspect of environmental decision making; identifies key issues, problems, and barriers; and recommends ways to improve both the process and the final result.<p>Topics examined include: <ul><li>Congressional decisions about regulatory reform <li>environmental benefit/cost analysis<li>valuing environmental impacts <li>comparing risks and setting priorities <li>strategic environmental management <li>corporate accounting for environmental and social factors <li>corporate responses to rules and regulations <li>community decisions about environmental risks<li>civic environmentalism<li>community partnerships with industry and government</ul><p>Throughout, contributors focus on providing tools to make better decisions, and on presenting solutions to real-world problems.<p>Better Environmental Decisions describes and analyzes the key decision making criteria of each of the stakeholders involved-governments, businesses, and communities – and offers a compendium of techniques necessary for achieving success. It will be a landmark reference and resource for anyone involved with environmental decision making, including legislators, regulators, business and environmental managers, environmental advocates, community activists, reporters, researchers, educators, and students.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559636148
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
The Minnesota Series in Environmental Decision Making
Edition description:
1
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Integrating Government, Business, and Community Perspectives1
IOverview: Environmental Decision Making
1Making Decisions About Environmental Policy15
2Understanding Individuals' Environmental Decisions: A Decision Sciences Approach37
3Environmental Decision Making by Organizations: Choosing the Right Tools57
4Business Decision Making About the Environment: The Challenge of Sustainability77
5Congressional Decisions About Regulatory Reform: The 104th and 105th Congresses91
IIGovernment Decision Making
6An Historical Perspective on Regulatory Decision Making: The Role of Economic Analysis113
7Guiding Principles for Efficient Environmental Policies133
8Benefit-Cost Analysis and Its Use in Regulatory Decisions157
9Contingent Valuation: Incorporating Nonmarket Values177
10Setting Environmental Priorities: Is Comparative Risk Assessment the Answer?195
IIIBusiness Decision Making
11Cultural Structure and the Challenge of Sustainability223
12The Importance of Organizational Change Management for Environmental Decision Making245
13Integrating Environmental Concerns into Corporate Decisions267
14Environmental Competence in Two Small Firms289
15Using the Court of Public Opinion to Encourage Better Business Decisions309
IVCommunity Decision Making
16Community-Based Environmental Decisions: Analyzing Power and Leadership331
17Community-Based Environmental Protection: Encouraging Civic Environmentalism353
18Community-Based Environmental Partnerships377
19Using the Citizens Jury Process for Environmental Decision Making401
20The Emerging Role of Environmental Justice in Decision Making419
Conclusion: Strategies for Integrated Decision Making445
About the Contributors451
Index457

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