Sustainability (The Mit Press Essential Knowledge Series)
  • Sustainability (The Mit Press Essential Knowledge Series)
  • Sustainability (The Mit Press Essential Knowledge Series)
  • Sustainability (The Mit Press Essential Knowledge Series)
ISBN: 0262528509
EAN13: 9780262528504
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 9, 2015
Pages: 248
Dimensions: 0.73" H x 8.43" L x 5.85" W
Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A concise and accessible examination of sustainability in a range of contemporary contexts, from economic development to government policy.

The word sustainability has been connected to everything from a certain kind of economic development to corporate promises about improved supply sourcing. But despite the apparent ubiquity of the term, the concept of sustainability has come to mean a number of specific things. In this accessible guide to the meanings of sustainability, Kent Portney describes the evolution of the idea and examines its application in a variety of contemporary contexts--from economic growth and consumption to government policy and urban planning.

Portney takes as his starting point the 1987 definition by the World Commission on Environment and Development of sustainability as economic development activity that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. At its heart, Portney explains, sustainability focuses on the use and depletion of natural resources. It is not the same as environmental protection or natural resource conservation; it is more about finding some sort of steady state so that the earth can support both human population and economic growth.

Portney looks at political opposition to the promotion of sustainability, which usually questions the need for Read More chevron_right

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