Pursuing Sustainability (inbunden)
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Princeton University Press
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Pursuing Sustainability (inbunden)

Pursuing Sustainability

A Guide to the Science and Practice

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2016-03-29
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Sustainability is a global imperative and a scientific challenge like no other. This concise guide provides students and practitioners with a strategic framework for linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable development, and serves as an invaluable companion to more narrowly focused courses dealing with sustainability in particular sectors such as energy, food, water, and housing, or in particular regions of the world. Written by leading experts, Pursuing Sustainability shows how more inclusive and interdisciplinary approaches and systems perspectives can help you achieve your sustainability objectives. It stresses the need for understanding how capital assets are linked to sustainability goals through the complex adaptive dynamics of social-environmental systems, how committed people can use governance processes to alter those dynamics, and how successful interventions can be shaped through collaborations among researchers and practitioners on the ground. The ideal textbook for undergraduate and graduate students and an invaluable resource for anyone working in this fast-growing field, Pursuing Sustainability also features case studies, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading. * Provides a strategic framework for linking knowledge with action* Draws on the latest cutting-edge science and practices* Serves as the ideal companion text to more narrowly focused courses* Utilizes interdisciplinary approaches and systems perspectives* Illustrates concepts with a core set of case studies used throughout the book* Written by world authorities on sustainability* An online illustration package is available to professors
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"A valuable resource for academic learning in higher education settings, as well as an informative tool to guide the practice of sustainability in institutional environments... The framework they have presented in this book is adaptable for numerous social-ecological contexts at multiple scales for people working together to create change in pursuit of sustainable development and promote well-being of people for today and for the future."--Robert B. Richardson, Ecological Economics

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Pamela Matson is dean of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and the Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies at Stanford University. William C. Clark is the Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Krister Andersson is professor of political science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Preface vii Acknowledgments ix CHAPTER 1 Pursuing Sustainability: An Introduction 1 CHAPTER 2 A Framework for Sustainability Analysis: Linking Ultimate Goals with Their Underlying Determinants 14 CHAPTER 3 Dynamics of Social-Environmental Systems 52 CHAPTER 4 Governance in Social-Environmental Systems 83 CHAPTER 5 Linking Knowledge with Action 105 CHAPTER 6 Next Steps: Contributing to a Sustainability Transition 129 Appendix A Case Studies in Sustainability 143 Appendix B Glossary of Terms, Acronyms, and Additional Resources 187 Notes 211 Index 225