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Sustainability

See below for a selection of the latest books from Sustainability category. Presented with a red border are the Sustainability books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Sustainability books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Transition Towards a Sustainable Biobased Economy

Transition Towards a Sustainable Biobased Economy

Author: Piergiuseppe (Unitelma Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) Morone Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/03/2020

Globally we are being confronted by the depletion of many natural resources as a result of unsustainable use and increasing global population. Although the debate on the bioeconomy has gained momentum in recent decades, the interest in certifications and standards for biobased products is still weak. This book aims to fill this gap by promoting a holistic approach, which covers environmental, social and economic sustainability aspects and pushes forward the development of a circular, biobased economy. This book promotes the development of sustainability schemes (including standards, labels and certifications) for the assessment of biobased products, which are fundamental to the establishment of a cutting-edge sustainable bioeconomy. Chemical-related, globally relevant case studies are used throughout the book. The content covers a range of issues from upstream and downstream environmental, techno-economic and social assessment, to crosscutting issues such as indirect land use change (iLUC) and end-of-life options. The chapters included in this book will provide a comprehensive review of recent works on life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle costing (LCC) and social life cycle assessment (s-LCA) methodologies. An important resource for researchers, industrial professionals and policy makers involved in the bioeconomy.

Sustainability Assessment of Urban Systems

Sustainability Assessment of Urban Systems

Author: Claudia R. (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) Binder Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/02/2020

Our world is becoming more urban. More than fifty percent of the global population now lives in cities, which poses new challenges for sustainable development. This book integrates theory and methods of sustainability assessment with concepts from systems science to provide guidelines for assessing the sustainability of urban systems. It discusses different aspects of urban sustainability, from energy and housing, to mobility and health, covering social, economic and environmental factors, as well as the various stakeholders and actors involved. The book argues for the need to find models and solutions in order to design sustainable cities of the future in light of the complexity of urban social life. Including diverse case studies from the developed and developing world, this book provides a useful reference for researchers and students from a broad range of disciplines working in the field of sustainability, as well as for environmental consultants and policy makers.

Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Strategies for Sustainable Development

Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Strategies for Sustainable Development

Author: Rui Alexandre Castanho Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

As the importance of sustainability in strategy and development grows, so does the importance of cross-border cooperation (CBC) to facilitate green projects. Border territories, however, are complex and fragile areas, and thus, their planning through CBC projects should be deeply analyzed and studied. It has become crucial to understand this issue across many different disciplines. Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Strategies for Sustainable Development is a pivotal reference source that provides relevant theoretical frameworks and trends in border area dynamics as well as cross-border cooperation's influence on sustainable development. Highlighting topics such as CBC in insular territories, biodiversity policy, and sustainable planning and development, this book is ideally designed for culture analysts, sustainability specialists, policymakers, researchers, academicians, and students.

30 Easy Ways to Join the Food Revolution A sustainable cookbook

30 Easy Ways to Join the Food Revolution A sustainable cookbook

Author: Ollie Hunter Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

30 Easy Ways to Join the Food Revolution is the first book of its kind to present sustainable eating with a failsafe 30-way recipe plan for readers to follow and cook from. Based on the simple principle that local ingredients equal the lowest possible carbon footprint, Ollie Hunter endeavours to eat sustainable, desirable and delicious food. Organised into four main chapters: Zero Waste, Organic and Seasonal, 50% of Produce within 30 Miles and What is Sustainability? the straightforward meal plan covers breakfast, lunch and dinner. From fresh soda bread and perfectly prepared scrambled eggs to zingy tomato and raspberry salad and a homemade paprika bean stew, you'll discover that maximum sustainability can also mean maximum flavour. The plan is packed with inspiration from international cuisines without the environmentally damaging air miles. And Ollie encourages you to stock your own store cupboard of homegrown/made international ingredients like ripe tomatoes, paprika, ketchup, vinegars and oils. With an introduction outlining the globally endorsed guidelines, infographic breakdowns giving advice on how to make the most of seasonal produce, and savvy solutions for leftovers and offcuts with ideas for creams, stocks and soups, it couldn't be easier to eat tasty, healthy, reasonably priced meals. With Ollie's clever, ethical approach you can care for the environment and make sustainable eating a pleasure.

Sustainability in Agricultural and Rural Development

Sustainability in Agricultural and Rural Development

Author: Gerard E. D'Souza Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

First published in 1998, this book provides a broad but in-depth description of the issues, concepts, methods of analysis, and empirical results related to the sustainable development of agriculture and rural communities. Specifically, it examines the relationships between sustainability and individual topics such as technology, information, population, gender, land use, community, and public policy. A unique aspect of this book is that the topics addressed have not previously been explored together in one publication. With sustainability as the common link, data and evidence are presented and then interpreted in light of individual perspective and experience, in the process advancing our knowledge of this important field. The book comprises of 12 chapters written by prominent authors who come from government and non-government organizations as well as from various academic institutions and disciplines. This book is ideal for a seminar course. It is particularly intended for students in production agriculture, rural sociology, economics and public policy, environmental sciences, geography and land use planning, and other social sciences. Its rich insights make it a useful source of information for policy makers. It can also be used as a reference by professional economists and other researchers interested in issues relating to sustainable agricultural and rural development. While the coverage of some topics is, by necessity, more technical, the book is compiled with a general audience in mind. Thus, it should be of interest to anyone concerned with agriculture, natural resources and rural issues, particularly as they relate to the future of agriculture and of rural communities.

The Headteacher as Effective Leader

The Headteacher as Effective Leader

Author: Bill Boyle, Paul Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

First published in 1998, this volume focuses on the range of crucial role that the headteacher must fulfil as the leader. It has become apparent that being a good manager and teacher is not enough, the headteacher has to be able to lead and communicate the vision of the school to the staff, pupils, parents and governors. The role includes auditing the needs of the school and leading the process of planning to meet its targets, balancing quality of provision and raising standards within the limits of the school environment. The roles of team builder, motivator and systems thinker are also essential. Finally the headteacher has the role of developing staff, and promoting self-development linked with school improvement.

Mapping Global Dynamics Geographic Perspectives from Local Pollution to Global Evolution

Mapping Global Dynamics Geographic Perspectives from Local Pollution to Global Evolution

Author: Gilbert Ahamer Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2020

This book asks: What are the most suitable mapping strategies for detecting patterns of global dynamics? It adopts a spatial perspective when trying to understand Global Dynamics - and sets out to revolutionise the concept of space as such. Spatial views - on levels of increasing abstraction, reflection and self-organisation - are developed along eight case studies including air emissions, environmental radioactivity, deforestation, energy from biomass, land use change, food supply, water quality and cooperative interdisciplinary learning for global change. This book's conceptual innovation consists in performing a transformation from space & time into functional state space & evolutionary time in order to better recognise the structural patterns of long-term global dynamics. A transdisciplinary readership in academia - including geography, philosophy, economics, global change and future research - that is interested in enlarging scientific concepts beyond classical borders - would be most welcome!

Food and Sustainability

Food and Sustainability

Food and Sustainability is the first text on this topic to consistently and coherently bring together important concepts from different disciplines to introduce students to a common challenge: food sustainability. The book explores the issues related to our growing demand for food from the perspectives of disciplines ranging from environmental and social sciences, to public health. It examines food as a point of convergence across these disciplines, illustrating the need for a transdisciplinary approach to understand common challenges and opportunities in food systems. The issues discussed are exemplified in several case studies for each chapter, which provide a direct avenue for students to apply the principles and theories set out in each chapter to real-world problems. In addition, 'Food controversy' panels highlight how there is very often no one right answer to the problems being faced, and how different viewpoints and perspectives need to be weighed up alongside each other to come to workable resolutions. Online resources: Food sustainability is augmented by a range of online resources, which include: For students: * Hyperlinks to extended research readings * Practice quizzes to support independent study * Answers to in-text questions. For instructors: * Downloadable (PowerPoint) figures from the book * Answer sheets to the end of chapter questions * Suggested exam questions.

Sustainable Global Value Chains

Sustainable Global Value Chains

Author: Michael Schmidt Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Value chains are a vital part of how our world operates, yet we are only beginning to understand how to make them sustainable. This volume addresses the crux of that challenge by presenting a broad array of options for understanding and managing the complexity of sustainability initiatives that affect, and are also influenced by value chains. Its chapters present diverse perspectives on both political and private sector governance, including governmental regulations and private standards, and embrace the emergent and critical value of innovative approaches to monitoring and evaluating progress. Finally, the volume offers a review of concrete examples for transformation and transition towards more sustainable value chains in selected sectors, including, amongst others, agriculture, forestry, mining, and tourism.

Agency in Earth System Governance

Agency in Earth System Governance

Author: Michele M. (Colorado State University) Betsill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2019

The modern era is facing unprecedented governance challenges in striving to achieve long-term sustainability goals and to limit human impacts on the Earth system. This volume synthesizes a decade of multidisciplinary research into how diverse actors exercise authority in environmental decision making, and their capacity to deliver effective, legitimate and equitable Earth system governance. Actors from the global to the local level are considered, including governments, international organizations and corporations. Chapters cover how state and non-state actors engage with decision-making processes, the relationship between agency and structure, and the variations in governance and agency across different spheres and tiers of society. Providing an overview of the major questions, issues and debates, as well as the theories and methods used in studies of agency in earth system governance, this book provides a valuable resource for graduate students and researchers, as well as practitioners and policy makers working in environmental governance.

Agency in Earth System Governance

Agency in Earth System Governance

Author: Michele M. (Colorado State University) Betsill Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

The modern era is facing unprecedented governance challenges in striving to achieve long-term sustainability goals and to limit human impacts on the Earth system. This volume synthesizes a decade of multidisciplinary research into how diverse actors exercise authority in environmental decision making, and their capacity to deliver effective, legitimate and equitable Earth system governance. Actors from the global to the local level are considered, including governments, international organizations and corporations. Chapters cover how state and non-state actors engage with decision-making processes, the relationship between agency and structure, and the variations in governance and agency across different spheres and tiers of society. Providing an overview of the major questions, issues and debates, as well as the theories and methods used in studies of agency in earth system governance, this book provides a valuable resource for graduate students and researchers, as well as practitioners and policy makers working in environmental governance.