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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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Meet the Author

Ken Sexton is Bond Professor of Environmental Health and director of the center for Environment and Health Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Integrating Government, Business, and Community Perspectives 1
I Overview: Environmental Decision Making
1 Making Decisions About Environmental Policy 15
2 Understanding Individuals' Environmental Decisions: A Decision Sciences Approach 37
3 Environmental Decision Making by Organizations: Choosing the Right Tools 57
4 Business Decision Making About the Environment: The Challenge of Sustainability 77
5 Congressional Decisions About Regulatory Reform: The 104th and 105th Congresses 91
II Government Decision Making
6 An Historical Perspective on Regulatory Decision Making: The Role of Economic Analysis 113
7 Guiding Principles for Efficient Environmental Policies 133
8 Benefit-Cost Analysis and Its Use in Regulatory Decisions 157
9 Contingent Valuation: Incorporating Nonmarket Values 177
10 Setting Environmental Priorities: Is Comparative Risk Assessment the Answer? 195
III Business Decision Making
11 Cultural Structure and the Challenge of Sustainability 223
12 The Importance of Organizational Change Management for Environmental Decision Making 245
13 Integrating Environmental Concerns into Corporate Decisions 267
14 Environmental Competence in Two Small Firms 289
15 Using the Court of Public Opinion to Encourage Better Business Decisions 309
IV Community Decision Making
16 Community-Based Environmental Decisions: Analyzing Power and Leadership 331
17 Community-Based Environmental Protection: Encouraging Civic Environmentalism 353
18 Community-Based Environmental Partnerships 377
19 Using the Citizens Jury Process for Environmental Decision Making 401
20 The Emerging Role of Environmental Justice in Decision Making 419
Conclusion: Strategies for Integrated Decision Making 445
About the Contributors 451
Index 457
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