Sustainability Management: Lessons from and for New York City, America, and the Planet

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Can we grow our world economy and create opportunities for the poor while keeping the planet intact? Can we maintain our vibrant, dynamic lifestyles while ensuring the Earth stays productive and viable? Aimed at managers, students, scholars, and policymakers, Sustainability Management answers these questions in the affirmative, arguing it is possible for environmentally sustainable business practices and policies to foster economic and long-term growth.

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Overview

Can we grow our world economy and create opportunities for the poor while keeping the planet intact? Can we maintain our vibrant, dynamic lifestyles while ensuring the Earth stays productive and viable? Aimed at managers, students, scholars, and policymakers, Sustainability Management answers these questions in the affirmative, arguing it is possible for environmentally sustainable business practices and policies to foster economic and long-term growth.

Written by a former analyst and consultant with the EPA, this book originally combines sustainable efforts in water, agriculture, urban, and power management to achieve—in practice, not just in theory—a sustainable planet and economy. Steven Cohen begins with the technical, financial, managerial, and political challenges of such a project, and then honestly assesses sustainable practices in the manufacturing and service industries. He addresses renewable and carbon-free energy production; water sustainability, especially with regard to energy issues involving filtration, distribution, and changing rainfall patterns; food cultivation and distribution; and ways to maintain the interdependent systems on which we depend to live. Taking examples from New York City, one of the most sustainable and sustainability-minded metropolises in the world, Cohen explains how everything from construction to waste management can be designed to facilitate a sustainable environment, not just for New York but also for the world. He concludes with this macroscopic view, outlining the global efforts necessary to preserve biodiversity and ecosystems, and the impact of war, terrorism, and human conflict on sustainability.

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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth A. Corley

This is an excellent book that will make a valuable contribution to the literature on environmental policy, management, and sustainability. Chapter topics are policy relevant and timely.

Sheldon Kamieniecki

I have not seen a volume that brings together such important information on the topic of environmental sustainability as well as this one. An impressive effort, likely to attract a great deal of attention in the environmental policy field.

William Eimicke

Steve Cohen is becoming the Peter Drucker of sustainability management. This book will become the bible for teachers, CEOs, and human resources executives in the public and private sectors seeking to make their organization work better and waste less.

Michael M. Crow

Steven Cohen's explication of "sustainability management' advances the discourse on a concept that urgently requires differentiation from environmental policy, discussions of which sometimes reduce the complexities of our multidimensional embeddedness on the planet to a spurious dichotomy between environmental protection and economic development. Cohen makes the case that sustainability has become integral to management. His book is critical reading for policymakers and practitioners inacademia, business, industry, and government.

Library Journal
Executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, Cohen (Understanding Environmental Policy) focuses on his hometown of New York City to showcase triumphs of modern-day sustainability that do not sacrifice profitability. Cohen challenges the modern assumption that being green equals losing green by questioning the sustainability of a manufacturing-based society that does not consider waste products or a polluted environment as evidence of inefficiency. He logically and frankly organizes the environment vs. economics debate into a blend of background, opinion, and factual case studies focusing on each facet. By considering each angle (water, food, business, cities) through the framework of technical, financial, managerial, and political issues, the text is accessible enough for the nonprofessional yet comprehensive enough to serve as a primer for sustainability managers of tomorrow—of which there will be many, according to Cohen. VERDICT Cohen's liberal viewpoint may overshadow the sound managerial advice for those who don't agree with it. Regardless of politics, this will be used widely as a text for environmental studies, political science, and business majors. Strongly recommended.—Jaime Hammond, Naugatuck Valley Community Coll. Lib., Waterbury, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231152594
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 787,656
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Cohen is executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute and professor in the practice of public affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He is also director of the masters program in sustainability management at Columbia's School of Continuing Education and the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program at SIPA. His books include Understanding Environmental Policy and The Effective Public Manager, now in its fifth edition.

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Table of Contents

Preface1. What Is Sustainability Management?2. Sustainable Manufacturing and Service Businesses3. The Centrality of Energy4. Sustainable Water5. Sustainable Food Supply6. Sustainable Cities7. A Sustainable Planet8. ConclusionsReferencesIndex

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