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Sustainability Assessment : Criteria and Processes.

Author: Bob Gibson; Selma Hassan; James Tansey
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sustainability assessment is now emerging as a more transparent, comprehensive, integrated and far-sighted approach to decision making. Its basic demand is that all significant undertakings must make a positive contribution to sustainability. To apply this test, decision makers need criteria based on the core requirements of sustainability and the particularities of the context. As well, they need appropriately  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Gibson; Selma Hassan; James Tansey
ISBN: 1280476176 9781280476174 1136556095 9781136556098
OCLC Number: 1109047433
Notes: Description based upon print version of record.
Description: 1 online resource (269 p.)
Contents: Sustainability Assessment Criteria and Processes; Copyright; Contents; List of Figures, Tables and Boxes; Preface; Acknowledgements; List of Acronyms and Abbreviations; 1 Beginnings: Stumbling Towards Sustainability Assessment; Beginning in Labrador; Specifying the higher test; 2 Assessment: Thirty-some Years of Environmental Assessment; Growing up in a difficult world; Basic and more advanced approaches; Development stages and growth trends; Maturing assessment and emerging sustainability; 3 Sustainability: The Essentials of the Concept; A necessary and difficult idea; Old sustainability Groundwork for a new sustainabilityThe second coming of sustainability; Debating the concept; The essentials; Initial implications for assessment regimes; 4 Practice: Sustainability in Illustrative Initiatives; Theory and practice; Stories; Lessons from the stories; 5 Criteria: Sustainability Requirements as the Basis for Decision Making; The need for decision criteria; Requirements for progress towards sustainability; Characteristics, strengths and limitations of the requirements as decision criteria; 6 Trade-offs: Facing Conflict and Compromise; Pursuing sustainability in a messy world Unavoidable trade-offsTrade-offs of substance and process; Trade-off rules; Beyond the rules; 7 Processes: Designing Sustainability Assessment Regimes; How versus what; Basic process principles; Components of a sustainability assessment law; Transitions; 8 Decisions: Applying Sustainability-based Criteria in Significance Determinations and Other Common Assessment Judgements; Decisions and significance; Applying sustainability-based criteria in significance judgements; 9 Continuations: The Way Ahead; Proliferation; The fundamentals and the variations; Getting there; References Appendix 1: Selected Conceptions of SustainabilityAppendix 2: Selected Sustainability Assessment Approaches, Criteria and Processes; Appendix 3: The Basic Sustainability Assessment Decision Criteria; Appendix 4: The Basic Sustainability Assessment Trade-off Rules; Appendix 5: The Basic Design Components for Formal Sustainability Assessment Processes; Appendix 6: Assessment Process Decisions that Should Involve Sustainability-based Evaluation; Index

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Sustainability assessment is now emerging as a more transparent, comprehensive, integrated and far-sighted approach to decision making. Its basic demand is that all significant undertakings must make a positive contribution to sustainability. To apply this test, decision makers need criteria based on the core requirements of sustainability and the particularities of the context. As well, they need appropriately designed public processes; guidance on the weighing of alternatives, trade-offs and compromises; a supportive policy framework; suitable tools and inspiring examples. Drawing from trans.

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