Introduction to Sustainability

Editor/Author Brinkmann, Robert
Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: Wiley

Single-User Purchase Price: $135.00
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $202.50
ISBN: 978-1-118-48714-3
Category: Science - Environmental sciences
Image Count: 138
Book Status: Available
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Introduction to Sustainability is the first major textbook to review major themes in the cutting-edge field of sustainability.The text includes material on the development of the field of sustainability; environmental sustainability issues like water, food, and energy; social sustainability themes like environmental justice and transportation; and economic sustainability topics like green businesses and economic development.

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Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the author
  • Chapter 1: Roots of the modern sustainability movement
  • Meaning of sustainability
  • Nineteenth century environmentalism
  • Pinchot, Roosevelt, and Muir
  • Aldo Leopold and the land ethic
  • Better living through chemistry, the Great Smog of 1952, and Rachel Carson
  • Environmental activism of the 1960s and 1970s and the development of environmental policy
  • The growth of environmental laws in the 1960s and 1970s
  • The first Earth Day
  • International concerns
  • Ozone and the world comes together
  • Globalization and the Brundtland Report
  • Deep ecology
  • Environmental justice
  • Measuring sustainability
  • The road ahead
  • Organization
  • Chapter 2: Understanding natural systems
  • The Earth, its layers, and the rock cycle
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Organisms and ecosystems
  • Understanding the Anthropocene
  • Chapter 3: Measuring sustainability
  • The United Nations Millennium Goals
  • National sustainability planning
  • Regional sustainability planning
  • Local sustainability measurement
  • Specific community plans
  • Small towns and sustainability
  • Business sustainability
  • Personal sustainability
  • Chapter 4: Energy
  • World energy production and consumption
  • Traditional or “dirty” energy resources
  • Green energy
  • Nuclear energy
  • Other innovations
  • Living off the grid
  • Chapter 5: Global climate change and greenhouse gas management
  • The end of nature?
  • The science of global climate change
  • Sinks of carbon
  • The IPCC and evidence for climate change, and the future of our planet
  • Ocean acidification
  • Phenological changes
  • Conducting greenhouse gas inventories
  • Greenhouse gas equivalents used in greenhouse gas accounting
  • Greenhouse gas emission scopes
  • Computing greenhouse gas credits
  • Climate action plans
  • Religion and climate change
  • Art, culture, and climate change
  • Chapter 6: Water
  • Sources of water
  • Consumption trends
  • Sources of water pollution
  • Water management and conservation
  • Water quality
  • Understanding drainage basins
  • Lakes
  • Seas
  • Oceans
  • Chapter 7: Food and agriculture
  • Development of modern agriculture
  • World agricultural statistics
  • Food deserts and obesity
  • Reactions to the high-tech agricultural movement
  • Farm to table
  • Community sponsored agriculture
  • Community gardens
  • Farmers markets
  • Beekeeping
  • The urban chicken movement
  • Guerilla gardening, freegans, and other radical approaches to food
  • Chapter 8: Green building
  • LEED rating systems
  • Site selection
  • Water use
  • Energy and atmospheric health
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Innovation
  • Regional priorities
  • Expansion of green building technology
  • Other green building rating systems
  • Green building policy
  • Critiques of green building
  • The greenest building and historic preservation
  • Small house movement
  • Further reading
  • Chapter 9: Transportation
  • Transportation options
  • Roads
  • Mass transit
  • The future
  • Chapter 10: Pollution and waste
  • Pollution
  • Understanding pollution distribution
  • The US approach to pollution
  • Sewage treatment
  • Garbage and recycling
  • Chapter 11: Environmental justice
  • Social justice
  • Civil rights and the modern environmental movement in the United States
  • Lead pollution and the growth of the urban environmental justice movement
  • Environmental racism in the United States
  • Brownfields, community re-development, and environmental justice
  • US EPA and environmental justice
  • Native Americans and environmental justice
  • Exporting environmental problems
  • Environmental justice around the world
  • Environmental justice in a Globalized World
  • Chapter 12: Sustainability planning and governance
  • Local governments and their structure
  • The role of citizens and stakeholders in local government
  • Community stakeholders
  • Boundaries and types of local governments
  • Leadership
  • Efforts to aid local governments on sustainability issues
  • Scale and local governments
  • Green regional development
  • Sustainable development
  • Globalization
  • War and sustainability
  • Further reading
  • Chapter 13: Sustainability, economics, and the global commons
  • The global commons
  • Economic processes that put the Earth out of balance
  • Social and economic theories
  • Destruction regardless of theory
  • Environmental economics: externalities
  • Measuring the economy
  • Green jobs
  • Cost–benefit analysis and its application in environmental economics
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental ethics
  • Chapter 14: Corporate and organizational sustainability management
  • Cognitive dissonance
  • Why are businesses concerned with sustainability?
  • Total quality management and sustainability
  • People, planet, and profits
  • Ray Anderson, the father of the green corporation and the growth of green corporate environmentalism
  • Greenwashing in the corporate world
  • Green consumers
  • Global Reporting Initiative
  • Sustainability reporting in the S & P 500
  • Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • Sustainability reporting
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO): ISO 14000 and ISO 26000
  • Case studies of sustainability at the corporate level
  • Can businesses with unsustainable products be sustainable?
  • Chapter 15: Sustainability at universities, colleges, and schools
  • Curriculum at colleges and universities
  • External benchmarking
  • Internal initiatives
  • Student and faculty activism