Sustainability: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives

Heriberto Cabezas
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Urmila Diwekar
Vishwamitra Research Institute
Chicago, Illinois, USA
ISBN: 978-1-60805-429-9
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The concept of sustainability is inherently multi-disciplinary because it concerns a complex system having economic, technological, ecological, political, and other perspectives. Consequently, any effort in the area of sustainability involves concepts, principles, and methods from engineering, the social sciences including economics and social psychology, the biological sciences including ecology, and the physical sciences.  The purpose of this book is, therefore, to discuss in a coherent and comprehensive manner the salient concepts, principles, and methods relevant to sustainability from the perspective of different disciplines.
1. Introduction 3
H. Cabezas
2. Principles of Sustainability From Ecology 9
Audrey L. Mayer
3. The Economics of Sustainability 40
Joshua C. Farley
4. Actualizing Sustainability: Environmental Policy for Resilience in
Ecological Systems 65
Ahjond S. Garmestani, Matthew E. Hopton and Matthew T. Heberling
5. Human Interactions and Sustainability 88
Michael E. Gorman, Lekelia D. Jenkins and Raina K. Plowright
6. On the Matter of Sustainable Water Resources Management 112
W.D. Shuster
7. Sustainable Infrastructure and Alternatives for Urban Growth 141
Arka Pandit, Hyunju Jeong, John C. Crittenden, Steven P. French,
Ming Xu and Ke Li
8. Engineering Urban Sustainability 173
Ke Li, John Crittenden, Subhrajit Guhathakurta and Harindra
Joseph Fernando
9. Sustainability Indicators and Metrics 197
H. Cabezas
10. Implications of Thermodynamics for Sustainability 222
Bhavik R. Bakshi and Geoffrey F. Grubb
11. Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Development: Dynamics,
Future Uncertainty and Distributed Decision Making. 243
Jim Petrie, Ruud Kempener and Jessica Beck
12. Green Engineering and Sustainability 273
Urmila Diwekar
13. The Case and Practice for Sustainability in Business 310
Beth Beloff
14. Summary 340
Urmila Diwekar
Urmila Diwekar,M.Tech. Ph.D.
Fellow AIChE,Fellow AIMBE
President and Founder
Vishwamitra Research Institute
Center for Uncertain Systems: Tools for Optimization &Management (CUSTOM)
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