Measuring Sustainability

Measuring Sustainability
Author: Simon Bell,Stephen Morse
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 209
Release: 2013-06-17
ISBN: 113656134X
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Measuring Sustainability Book Excerpt:

Chapter 3: Systemic Sustainability Analysis and Prospective; Introduction; The importance of the subjective; Background to CAMP Malta; Technical specification for SSA; Familiarizing the Maltese SSA team; What are SSA and SPSA and how are they different?; SPSA and Blue Plan approaches; Chapter 4: Doing SPSA: Some Reflective Experience; Introduction; Stage 1: Find out how things are: reflection; Stage 2: Understand the context for sustainability indicators: reflection/connection; Stage 3: Gather the stakeholders in the sustainability indicator process: reflection/connection.

Measuring Sustainability and Decoupling

Measuring Sustainability and Decoupling
Author: Nordic Council of Ministers
Publsiher: Nordic Council of Ministers
Total Pages: 72
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9289314109
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Measuring Sustainability and Decoupling Book Excerpt:

There is growing interest among policymakers for the prospects of decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, in order to achieve improved environmental quality without compromising economic growth. However, whilst decoupling indicators give a reasonably good measure for potential or progress towards sustainability, decoupling is neither a sufficient nor a necessary condition for sustainability. Decoupling indicators, unlike many other statistical efforts related to the environment, are not meant to summarise the general state of the environment, but rather to measure countries' progress towards mitigating or alleviating particular environmental pressures from relevant driving forces.

A framework for measuring sustainability outcomes for landscape investments

A framework for measuring sustainability outcomes for landscape investments
Author: Himlal Baral,Peter Holmgren
Publsiher: CIFOR
Total Pages: 23
Release: 2015-10-29
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A framework for measuring sustainability outcomes for landscape investments Book Excerpt:

Rapidly increasing demand for food and agricultural non-food products to meet the demands of rising populations with new consumption patterns have worrying implications for sustainability of many ecosystems globally. Landscape approaches are often promoted as a win-win solution to reducing harmful impacts of development – a means to balance social needs and economic performance, while maintaining ecological function. In this respect, landscape approaches that address multiple sector needs, including agriculture, production forestry and conservation, are identified as a significant opportunity to contribute to the United Nations new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, assessing and verifying sustainability outcomes across broad, diverse and dynamic landscapes is challenging, mainly because of the lack of pragmatic and standardized means of assessment and measurement in cost-effective ways. This paper aims to advance the concept of sustainable landscape development, including ways to assess sustainability performance and to leverage the scaling-up of investment in sustainable development, as a means of achieving SDGs and other goals.

Assessing and Measuring Environmental Impact and Sustainability

Assessing and Measuring Environmental Impact and Sustainability
Author: Jiří J Klemeš
Publsiher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2015-01-20
ISBN: 0128022337
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Assessing and Measuring Environmental Impact and Sustainability Book Excerpt:

Assessing and Measuring Environmental Impact and Sustainability answers the question “what are the available methodologies to assess the environmental sustainability of a product, system or process? Multiple well-known authors share their expertise in order to give a broad perspective of this issue from a chemical and environmental engineering perspective. This mathematical, quantitative book includes many case studies to assist with the practical application of environmental and sustainability methods. Readers learn how to efficiently assess and use these methods. This book summarizes all relevant environmental methodologies to assess the sustainability of a product and tools, in order to develop more green products or processes. With life cycle assessment as its main methodology, this book speaks to engineers interested in environmental impact and sustainability. Helps engineers to assess, evaluate, and measure sustainability in industry Provides workable approaches to environmental and sustainability assessment Readers learn tools to assess the sustainability of a process or product and to design it in an environmentally friendly way

Measuring and Controlling Sustainability

Measuring and Controlling Sustainability
Author: Adam Lindgreen,Christine Vallaster,Dr. Shumaila Yousofzai,Bernhard Hirsch
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2018-09-03
ISBN: 1315401894
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Measuring and Controlling Sustainability Book Excerpt:

Efforts to establish the measurement and control of sustainability have produced notable tools, but those instruments lack applicability in practice. Increasing the level of standardization of such tools also seems difficult to achieve, because the contexts surrounding the focal organizations differ considerably. Therefore, what we need is a systematic, interdisciplinary assessment of how to measure and control sustainability, so that we can establish an essential definition and up-to-date picture of the field. Measuring and Controlling Sustainability attempts to provide such an assessment in 17 chapters, organized into four main topic sections: (a) organizations and social value creation: concepts, responsibilities, and barriers; (b) accounting, measurement, performance, and diffusion of social value; (c) practical and managerial insights from real-life cases; and (d) choices, incentives, guidance, and ethics. This research anthology provides a comprehensive collection of cutting-edge theories and research that will further the development and advancement of measuring and controlling sustainable efforts in theory and managerial practice.

Measuring Environmental Degradation

Measuring Environmental Degradation
Author: Anil Markandya,Nick Dale
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2001-01-01
ISBN: 9781781950715
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Measuring Environmental Degradation Book Excerpt:

Measuring Environmental Degradation is a unique book that provides a comprehensive yet concise overview of the key issues of environmental significance addressed as part of the Eurostat 'Environmental Pressure Indicators Project'. The book is part of the 'Towards Environmental Pressure Indicators for the EU' (TEPI) series that has resulted from the project.

Measuring and Evaluating Sustainability

Measuring and Evaluating Sustainability
Author: Sarah E. Fredericks
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2013-08-15
ISBN: 1135045674
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Measuring and Evaluating Sustainability Book Excerpt:

The indexes used by local, national, and international governments to monitor progress toward sustainability do not adequately align with their ethical priorities and have a limited ability to monitor and promote sustainability. This book gives a theoretical and practical demonstration of how ethics and technical considerations can aid the development of sustainability indexes to overcome this division in the literature and aid sustainability initiatives. Measuring and Evaluating Sustainability develops and illustrates methods of linking technical and normative concerns during the development of sustainability indexes. Specifically, guidelines for index development are combined with a pragmatic theory of ethics that enables ethical collaboration among people of diverse ethical systems. Using the resulting method of index development, the book takes a unique applied turn as it ethically evaluates multiple sustainability indexes developed and used by the European Commission, researchers, and local communities and suggests ways to improve the indexes. The book emphasizes justice as it is the most prevalent ethical principle in the sustainability literature and most neglected in index development. In addition to the ethical principles common to international sustainability initiatives, the book also employs a variety of religious and philosophical traditions to ensure that the ethical evaluations performed in the text align with the ideals of the communities using the indexes and foster cross-cultural ethical dialogue. This volume is an invaluable resource for students, researchers and professionals working on sustainability indicators and sustainability policy-making as well as interdisciplinary areas including environmental ethics; environmental philosophy; environmental or social justice; ecological economics; businesses sustainability programs; international development and environmental policy-making.

Measuring Sustainable Development Integrated Economic Environmental and Social Frameworks

Measuring Sustainable Development Integrated Economic  Environmental and Social Frameworks
Author: OECD
Publsiher: OECD Publishing
Total Pages: 428
Release: 2004-07-07
ISBN: 9264020136
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Measuring Sustainable Development Integrated Economic Environmental and Social Frameworks Book Excerpt:

The papers in this conference proceedings address the various conceptual, measurement and statistical policy issues that arise when applying accounting frameworks to the concept of sustainable development.

Research Anthology on Measuring and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Research Anthology on Measuring and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals
Author: Management Association, Information Resources
Publsiher: IGI Global
Total Pages: 1235
Release: 2021-12-30
ISBN: 1668438860
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Research Anthology on Measuring and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Book Excerpt:

The Sustainable Development Goals are an ongoing focus around the world as the needs of people and society continue to evolve at a rapid pace. The need for a more sustainable future has never been more pressing as issues such as climate change, natural disasters, and overpopulation present unique difficulties for the decision makers of the world. In order for them to make the best decisions regarding current priorities and strategies, up-to-date and detailed research regarding where we currently are as a society, where we want to be, and the many challenges that stand in the way is crucial. The Research Anthology on Measuring and Achieving Sustainable Development Goals is a comprehensive assessment of the current innovative research and discussions on the challenges to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the measures that have already been put in place to achieve them. Covering topics such as green consumer behavior and peace promotion, this book is vital for academicians, scientists, researchers, students, postdoctoral students, specialists, practitioners, businesses, governmental institutions, decision makers, environmentalists, and policymakers.

Frameworks to Measure Sustainable Development An OECD Expert Workshop

Frameworks to Measure Sustainable Development An OECD Expert Workshop
Author: OECD
Publsiher: OECD Publishing
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2000-02-11
ISBN: 926418063X
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Frameworks to Measure Sustainable Development An OECD Expert Workshop Book Excerpt:

This volume brings together a number of approaches to measuring sustainable development pursued in academia, national administrations and international organisations, as presented at an expert workshop held at the OECD headquarters in September 1999.

Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction

Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction
Author: J. K. Yates,Daniel Castro-Lacouture
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 513
Release: 2018-09-03
ISBN: 1315359979
Category: Nature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction Book Excerpt:

Successfully Measure the Benefits of Green Design and Construction Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction outlines the sustainable practices used in engineering design and construction operations for all types of engineering and construction projects. Aimed at ushering the engineering and construction industry into embracing sustainable practices and green construction techniques, this book addresses sustainability in engineering design and construction operations from a historical and global perspective, and delves into specific sustainability concepts and processes. The book explains the concepts of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Dow Jones Global Sustainability Index (DJGSI), key performance indicators (KPIs), corporate sustainability, and the triple bottom line (economic, environmental, and social values in design and construction). Relevant to sustainability in every facet of engineering and construction, it also covers life-cycle environmental cost analysis, discusses sustainable engineering and site selection, the economic considerations evaluated when making sustainability decisions, and explains how to measure and quantify sustainable performance and apply these practices in the real world. It also covers project and corporate level sustainability practices, sustainable construction materials and processes, sustainable heavy construction equipment, traditional and alternative energy sources, provides implementation resources for starting and evaluating sustainability programs, and includes a checklist for measuring the sustainability of construction operations. The text contains detailed information on sustainable construction materials and processes, heavy construction equipment, and traditional and alternative energy sources. It presents information on sustainable designs, selecting sustainable sites, designing for passive survivability, designing for disassembly, and the ISO 14,000 standards. It provides implementation resources for starting and evaluating sustainability programs and a checklist for measuring the sustainability of construction operations In addition, it provides definitions of sustainability terms and expressions, as well as case studies, examples, discussion questions, and a list of supplemental references at the end of each chapter. This book provides information on: Definitions for sustainability terms Sources for locating global sustainability requirements Current sustainability issues Environmental laws related to sustainability and their implications Sustainable design Life-cycle cost assessment models Sustainable practices currently being used in the engineering and construction (E&C) industry Corporate-level sustainability practices Project-level sustainability practices Global sustainability trends and implications Sustainable materials Sustainable heavy construction equipment Traditional and alternative energy sources LEED Green Building Rating System Sustainability organizations and certification programs Sustainability implementation resources A summary of sustainable engineering design and construction

Sustainable Development Policy and Administration

Sustainable Development Policy and Administration
Author: Gedeon M. Mudacumura,Desta Mebratu,M. Shamsul Haque
Publsiher: CRC Press
Total Pages: 720
Release: 2005-12-21
ISBN: 1420027476
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainable Development Policy and Administration Book Excerpt:

Sustainable Development Policy and Administration provides a learning resource describing the major issues that are critical to understanding the multiple dimensions of sustainable development. The overall theme of each contributed chapter in this book is the urgent need to promote global sustainability while adding insights into the challenges facing the current and future generations. This volume brings together diverse contributions that cover the multiple facets of development, resulting in a rich reference for students, development managers, and others interested in this emerging field.

For Good Measure

For Good Measure
Author: Joseph E. Stiglitz
Publsiher: The New Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-11-19
ISBN: 1620975726
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

For Good Measure Book Excerpt:

Today’s leading economists weigh in with a new “dashboard” of metrics for measuring our economic and social health "What we measure affects what we do. If we focus only on material well-being—on, say, the production of goods, rather than on health, education, and the environment—we become distorted in the same way that these measures are distorted." —Joseph E. Stiglitz A consensus has emerged among key experts that our conventional economic measures are out of sync with how most people live their lives. GDP, they argue, is a poor and outmoded measure of our well-being. The global movement to move beyond GDP has attracted some of the world’s leading economists, statisticians, and social thinkers who have worked collectively to articulate new approaches to measuring economic well-being and social progress. In the decade since the 2008 economic crisis, these experts have come together to determine what indicators can actually tell us about people’s lives. In the first book of its kind, leading economists from around the world, including Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Elizabeth Beasely, Jacob Hacker, François Bourguignon, Nora Lustig, Alan B. Krueger, and Joseph E. Stiglitz, describe a range of fascinating metrics—from economic insecurity and environmental sustainability to inequality of opportunity and levels of trust and resilience—that can be used to supplement the simplistic measure of gross domestic product, providing a far more nuanced and accurate account of societal health and well-being. This groundbreaking volume is sure to provide a major source of ideas and inspiration for one of the most important intellectual movements of our time.

Operationalizing Sustainability

Operationalizing Sustainability
Author: Pierre Massotte,Patrick Corsi
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 438
Release: 2015-10-19
ISBN: 1848218923
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Operationalizing Sustainability Book Excerpt:

This book focuses on the emergence of the "science of sustainability" and the key concepts in making sustainability operational in an organization. The authors discuss the methods, techniques and tools needed to manage the impact of sustainability and how these can be reformulated into business models and solutions for new growth and applications. They then move onto the reformulation of future thinking processes before ending by looking towards an approach for the measurement of sustainability and competitiveness.

Methods of Measuring Environmental Parameters

Methods of Measuring Environmental Parameters
Author: Yuriy Posudin
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2014-08-07
ISBN: 1118914228
Category: Technology & Engineering
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Methods of Measuring Environmental Parameters Book Excerpt:

Provides a systematic review of modern methods and instruments for measuring environmental parameters • Profiles the most modern methods and instruments for environment control and monitoring • Gives an assessment of biotic and abiotic factors and their effect on quality of atmosphere and indoor air, soil, water • Provides a brief description of the main climatic (pressure, wind, temperature, humidity, precipitation, solar radiation), atmospheric, hydrographic, and edaphic factors • Covers a wide range environmental methods and instrumentation including those used in the fields of meteorology, air pollution, water quality, soil science and more • Supplied with practical exercises, problems, and tests that will help the reader to learn more deeply contents of the book

Sustainability Indicators

Sustainability Indicators
Author: Simon Bell,Stephen Morse
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 251
Release: 2012-05-04
ISBN: 1136556028
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainability Indicators Book Excerpt:

Praise for the first edition: 'This book should be of interest to anyone interested in sustainable development, and especially sustainability indicators. Bell and Morse easily succeed in exposing the fundamental paradoxes of these concepts and, more importantly, they offer us a way forward. Readers ... will find their practical recommendations for those attempting to do sustainability analysis in the field most welcome, which is also the book's greatest strength.' Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 'This book makes a valuable contribution to the theory and practice of using indicators for sustainability. It introduces systems ideas and a range of tools and techniques that have the potential to broaden and deepen our understanding of a whole range of complex situations. Well worth a closer look.' Christine Blackmore, Open University 'This is a book that explores new ways of thinking about how to measure sustainability... It offers stimulating food for thought for environmental educators and researchers.' Environmental Education Research 'This book tells me, as an SI 'practitioner', where I have been and why, and more importantly how I should be thinking in order to effectively present to and empower the local community in the years ahead.' David Ellis, Principal Pollution Monitoring Officer, Norwich City Council 'A practical guide to the development of sustainability indicators which offers a systemic and participative way to use them at local scale. Our preliminary results are highly positive and the approach is applicable in many contexts.' Elisabeth Coudert, Programme Officer Prospective and Regional Development, Blue Plan The groundbreaking first edition of Sustainability Indicators reviewed the development and value of sustainability indicators and discussed the advantage of taking a holistic and qualitative approach rather than focusing on strictly quantitative measures. In the new edition the authors bring the literature up to date and show that the basic requirement for a systemic approach is now well grounded in the evidence. They examine the origins and development of Systemic Sustainability Analysis (SSA) as a theoretical approach to sustainability which has been developed in practice in a number of countries on an array of projects since the first edition. They look at how SSA has evolved into the practical approaches of Systemic Prospective Sustainability Analysis (SPSA) and IMAGINE, and, in particular, how a wide range of participatory methodologies have been adopted over the years. They also provide an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of projects that undertake work in the general field of sustainable development.

Sustainability Indicators

Sustainability Indicators
Author: Tomás Hák,Bedrich Moldan,Arthur Lyon Dahl
Publsiher: Island Press
Total Pages: 452
Release: 2007-05-14
ISBN: 9781597261319
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainability Indicators Book Excerpt:

While the concept of sustainability has been widely embraced, it has been only vaguely defined and is exceedingly difficult to measure. Sustainability indicators are critical to making the broad concept of sustainability operational by providing specific measures by which decision makers and the public can judge progress. Sustainability Indicators defines the present state of the art in indicator development. It presents a comprehensive assessment of the science behind various indicators, while placing special emphasis on their use as communications tools. The contributors draw on their experience as academics and practitioners to describe the conceptual challenges to measuring something as complex as sustainability at local, regional, national, and global scales. The book also reviews existing indicators to assess how they could be better employed, considering which indicators are overused and which have been underutilized. Sustainability Indicators will help planners and policy makers find indicators that are ready for application and relevant to their needs, and will help researchers identify the unresolved issues where progress is most urgently needed. All readers will find advice as to the most effective ways to use indicators to support decision making.

Weak Versus Strong Sustainability

Weak Versus Strong Sustainability
Author: Eric Neumayer
Publsiher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2003
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Weak Versus Strong Sustainability Book Excerpt:

In this fully updated and revised edition of an original and popular text, Eric Neumayer offers an authoritative contribution to one of the most important questions concerning sustainable development: can natural capital be substituted by other forms of capital? Proponents of weak sustainability maintain that such substitutability is possible, whilst followers of strong sustainability regard natural capital as non-substitutable. This insightful book identifies the critical forms of natural capital in need of preservation and evaluates the most important indicators of weak and strong sustainability. The book explores the limits of the two opposing paradigms of sustainability in an accessible and illuminating way. The author begins by examining the availability of natural resources for the production of consumption goods and the environmental consequences of economic growth. He also identifies the critical forms of natural capital in need of preservation given risk, uncertainty and ignorance about the future, and addresses the important topic of sustainability indicators. In doing so, he analyses indicators of weak sustainability such as Genuine Savings and the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare, and indicators of strong sustainability including ecological footprints, material flows, sustainability gaps and other measures which combine the setting of environmental standards with monetary valuation. For the most part, requiring only a basic knowledge and understanding of economics, this accessible book will ensure the important theoretical and empirical debates surrounding sustainable development are available for a wide audience including undergraduate and postgraduate students of environmental and ecological economics. It will also be of interest to researchers and policymakers involved in the sustainable management of environmental resources.

Distributional Impacts of Forest based Projects in Relation to Sustainable Development

Distributional Impacts of Forest based Projects in Relation to Sustainable Development
Author: Zhi Xu
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 364
Release: 1992
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Distributional Impacts of Forest based Projects in Relation to Sustainable Development Book Excerpt:

Linkages of Sustainability

Linkages of Sustainability
Author: Julia Lupp
Publsiher: Strungmann Forum Reports
Total Pages: 560
Release: 2010
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Linkages of Sustainability Book Excerpt:

In this book, experts engage in an extended dialogue arguing for a comprehensive view of sustainability. They emphasize the constraints imposed by the relationships among the components, for example, how the need for clean, easily accessible water intersects with the need for the energy required to provide it. This book urges a transformation in the way we view sustainability, a transformation that is necessary if we are to plan responsibly for a more sustainable world.--[book jacket].