Sustainable Development: Principles, Frameworks, and Case Studies / Edition 1by Okechukwu Ukaga
Pub. Date: 01/07/2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Coined in the 1970s, the term sustainable development and the ideas behind it have enjoyed varying amounts of popularity over the years. And while dire predictions abound, the full impacts of global warming are not known, nor can they be known. What we do know is that to be sustainable, all societies must adjust to new realities, which include changing ecosystems
Coined in the 1970s, the term sustainable development and the ideas behind it have enjoyed varying amounts of popularity over the years. And while dire predictions abound, the full impacts of global warming are not known, nor can they be known. What we do know is that to be sustainable, all societies must adjust to new realities, which include changing ecosystems and natural limits to growth. How do we address these issues and maintain an equitable way of life for all on the planet?
Sustainable Development: Principles, Frameworks, and Case Studies explores the human-related aspects of this initiative and emphasizes the need to move away from an unwanted circumstance by being systemic in our thinking instead of symptomatic. The authors argue that we cannot move away from an unwanted, negative circumstance, unless we can move toward a desired, positive outcome. The text summarizes positive approaches and presents strong theoretical and historical concepts along with salient case examples that illustrate the desired outcome of each model or framework discussed.
Often ensnared in thorny political ideology, the sustainable development issue also suffers from a deep and multidimensional nature that can be intimidating. This book offers, in one volume, a broad discussion of important frameworks pertaining to sustainable development. Based on the expertise of distinguished practitioners and scholars, the book's content includes diverse and interrelated subjects drawn from a wide range of geographical areas. It offers, techniques for evaluating and applying the basic principles of sustainable development and participatory project planning to achieve economic and environmental goals.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Note vii
Preface Okechukwu Ukaga Chris Maser Michael Reichenbach ix
The Editors xix
1 If the GDP Is Up, Why Is the GPI Down? From Normative Debate to Progressive Democratic Economics Jason Venetoulis 1
2 Sustainable Development and the Genuine Progress Indicator: An Updated Methodology and Application in Policy Settings John Talberth Clifford Cobb 17
3 Refining the Ecological Footprint Jason Venetoulis John Talberth 57
4 Learning by Experiencing: Systemics, Futures Thinking, and Scenarios Richard Bawden Michael Reichenbach 95
5 Using Lean Thinking Approaches to Speed Sustainable Development James R. Sinton 115
6 Working Together to Sustain Local Economy, Environment, and Community: The University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships Kathy Draeger Linda Ulland Okechukwu Ukaga Michael Reichenbach 135
7 The Holistic Management Framework: Ensuring Social, Environmental, and Economically Sound Development Allan Savory Jody Butterfield 149
8 Taking Personal Action toward Sustainability Viviane Simon-Brown Chris Maser 177
9 Participatory Leadership for Sustainable Development Okechukwu Ukaga Charles Moumouni Michael Reichenbach Chris Maser 187
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