The Sustainability Edge enables companies to critically engage their stakeholders and influence them to accept sustainability as part of their core mission.
Author: Suhas Apte
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Category: Business & Economics
Business leaders need to embrace sustainability in order to ensure the lasting success of their organizations. Co-authors Suhas Apte and Jagdish Sheth bring their expertise from practice and from academia to illustrate how business leaders can embed sustainability in a truly holistic and transformative way. Through an examination of such companies as Walmart, AT&T, IKEA and the Tata Group, Apte and Sheth have developed a proven and actionable framework rooted in the real world success of these companies. The case studies reveal how business leaders proactively engage, energize and promote market sustainability to all of their stakeholders including customers, employees, suppliers, investors and the government. The Sustainability Edge enables companies to critically engage their stakeholders and influence them to accept sustainability as part of their core mission.
Centralised versus decentralised wastewater systems in an urban context: the sustainability dimension Goen Ho and ... wastewater Introduction When we
responded to the call for papers for the Leading Edge Conference on Sustainability in ...
Author: M. Bruce Beck
Publisher: IWA Publishing
Summary: "This book represents the outcome of the Second IWA Leading-Edge Conference held in Sydney, Australia in November 2004. The papers presented here provide insight into the innovative thinking and practical projects undertaken across the globe that move us from patently unsustainable conditions to those in which our economic activity, impact on ecosystems and desire for positive social outcomes are in better balance."--Publisher description.
Grimshaw teamed up with services engineers Buro Happold to maximize the sustainability credentials of the building such as: • recycled ground water for
toilets • anaerobic digester producing compost from food waste • recycled
Author: Peter Smith
Sustainability at the Cutting Edge is an essential guide to understanding the future direction of sustainable technology. This fully updated new edition deals not only with current best practice and state of the art case studies, but with the very latest emerging technologies which will transform the relationship between buildings and energy. Professor Smith describes how buildings can be made to significantly reduce their reliance on fossil-based energy by the use of solar and geothermal resources. He also describes a range of renewable energy generating technologies. As sustainable building becomes increasingly essential with the advance of climate change, government legislation and international treaties, this is valuable knowledge for every architect, engineer and designer. This immensely practical book is packed with useful diagrams, charts and colour photographs to illustrate a variety of the most recent case studies, including the education building, the Core, at the Eden Project in Cornwall. As well as exploring cutting edge developments in photovoltaics (PV) this revised edition also includes the latest data from the 2006 Carbon Trust report on wave and tide, and new material on the latest advances in bioenergy and marine technologies. Buildings are currently a major part of the carbon emissions problem. This book indicates how they may become part of the solution.
Sustainability. on. a. knife. edge. Up to now most of the book has focused on the
detail across a range of renewable energy technologies. As a conclusion I should
like to place the drive for renewable energy in its wider context. It is time to ...
Author: Peter Frederick Smith
This is your first point of reference in understanding the future direction of sustainable technology. It introduces the very latest in practical sustainability techniques and illustrates the diverse technologies being developed to create optimum eco-efficiency in our built environment. Peter F. Smith takes you through the current research and prototypes which will affect every feature of the evolution of building design. As sustainable building becomes increasingly essential - with the advent of climate change, government legislation and international treaties - this is valuable knowledge for every architect, engineer and designer who wishes their designs to be both responsive and cutting edge. With information from the leaders in their fields, this book is a comprehensive reference to the emerging technologies for this innovative approach to design. * Learn about the future of sustainable technology * Gain a knowledge about the newest designs and details of the built environment * Benefit from the inside knowledge and expertise of the author
At the Edge is a rich and evocative call to action at a time when new ideas are urgently needed.
Author: Ann Dale
Publisher: UBC Press
At the Edge is a rich and evocative call to action at a time when new ideas are urgently needed. Mandatory reading for policy analysts and decision makers in the public, private, and volunteer sectors, it will be equally useful to scholars, teachers, students, and others interested in creating sustainable societies. Throughout the world, biophysical evidence is mounting that human growth and activity patterns are slowly destroying the earth. This ecological deterioration is accompanied by similar social and economic decline, with potentially grave consequences for the continued existence of human societies.
Preface. Five years have gone by fast. Five years ago, we began work on The
Advanced Smart Grid: Edge Power Driving Sustainability manuscript, fresh off our
experience with Austin Energy and the Pecan Street Project. In the ensuing years
Author: Andres Carvallo
Publisher: Artech House
Category: Technology & Engineering
Placing emphasis on practical “how-to” guidance, this cutting-edge resource provides a first-hand, insider’s perspective on the advent and evolution of smart grids in the 21st century. This book presents engineers, researchers, and students with the building blocks that comprise basic smart grids, including power plant, transmission substation, distribution, and meter automation. Moreover, this forward-looking volume explores the next step of this technology’s evolution. It provides a detailed explanation of how an advanced smart grid incorporates demand response with smart appliances and management mechanisms for distributed generation, energy storage, and electric vehicles. This updated second edition focuses on the disruptive impact of DER. This new edition also includes a glossary with well over 100 acronyms and terms, acknowledging the tremendous challenge for a student of smart energy and smart grid to grasp this complex industry.
Overall, they have helped Ithaca College to transform into a remarkable
institution, one which has inspired students to become inspiring leaders, faculty
to “walk their talk,” operations staff to push the sustainability edge and
administrators to ...
Author: Liz Walker
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Category: Political Science
A small city's big vision that can help transform your own community. We all want a sustainable future, but what does it look like, and how do we get there? In Ithaca, NY a new culture is blossoming-one that values cooperation, local production, environmental stewardship, social justice andcreativity. Ithaca is showing the way to meet the challenges of the day with a wide variety of practical, real-world solutions. Filled with inspiring examples, Choosing a Sustainable Future provides readers with a remarkable sense of possibility. Explore Ithaca's: bustling, vibrant farmers markets, overflowing with fresh, local produce award-winning community credit union that triples the savings of low-income people flagship college sustainability programs pioneering alternative transportation programs, such as Ithaca Carshare innovative efforts by coalitions of local business, university, government and activists to create transformation in areas as diverse as green building, city planning, health and wellness, and honoring cultural diversity. Taken together, these examples of citizen engagement are a taste of what life could be like in a sustainable city of the future. In a time of overwhelming economic, social and environmental crises, Choosing aSustainable Future provides a quiet, authoritative voice of hope.
What happens to these schools , not in the first flurry of interest , hope and
excitement , but in the long run where their sustainability is at stake , is an
important question not merely for these innovative schools themselves , but also
for the wider ...
Author: Nina Bascia
Publisher: Psychology Press
The Sharp Edge of Educational Change conveys the realities of reform as they affect educators' practice. The collected chapters each focus on particular current reform and reveal the technical and logistical complications, social and political dynamics, cognitive disjunctures and limitations, and emotional demands of reform. In so doing, they provide new and rich conceptual perspectives on the contemporary nature of teachers' and administrators' work in classrooms, schools and other educational settings.
They place a legal requirement on the Minister for Marine Affairs and Fisheries to
prepare management plans for the sustainable exploitation of fishery resources
and to determine the extent and potential of the country's fish resources.
Author: R. B. Cribb
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Category: Political Science
Indonesia is the world's largest archipelagic state, with more than 18,000 islands and over 7.9 million square kilometres of sea. The marine frontier presents the nation with both economic opportunities and political and strategic challenges. Indonesia has been affected more than most countries in the world by a slow revolution in the management of its waters. Whereas Indonesia's seas were once conceived administratively as little more than the empty space between islands, successive governments have become aware that this view is outmoded. The effective transfer to the seas of regulatory regimes that took shape on land, such as territoriality, has been an enduring challenge to Indonesian governments. This book addresses issues related to maritime boundaries and security, marine safety, inter-island shipping, the development of the archipelagic concept in international law, marine conservation, illegal fishing, and the place of the sea in national and regional identity.
Author: Roberta Brandes GratzPublish On: 2000-01-27
... our manmade environment fits someone ' s standard of progress , but , to
achieve it , the social , economic , and political fabric of the nation and the sustainability of the natural landscape have been seriously undermined . The
highways and ...
Author: Roberta Brandes Gratz
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
"A love song for the city . . . [this] volume, attractivelypackaged and richly illustrated, is really a cookbook for downtownrevitalization." --Wall Street Journal In this pioneering book on successful urban recovery, two urbanexperts draw on their firsthand observations of downtown changeacross the country to identify a flexible, effective approach tourban rejuvenation. From transportation planning and sprawlcontainment to the threat of superstore retailers, they address ahost of key issues facing our cities today. Roberta Brandes Gratz (New York, NY), an award-winning journalistand urban critic, is author of the urban design classic The LivingCity. A former staff reporter for the New York Post, Gratz haswritten for the New York Times Magazine and other publications.Norman Mintz (New York, NY) has played a leading role in the fieldof downtown revitalization for more than twenty-five years. He isDesign Director at the 34th Street Partnership in New York City anda consultant on downtown revitalization across the country.
As a consequence sustainable development is included in Highways Agency
mission statements. ... The sustainability assessment procedure was proposed in
Phase I of the study carried out jointly by EDGE Consultants UK Ltd (now Coffey ...
Author: Ed Ellis
Publisher: CRC Press
Category: Technology & Engineering
Highways provide the arteries of modern society. The interaction of road, rail and other transport infrastructure with the ground is unusually intimate, and thus needs to be well-understood to provide economic and reliable infrastructure for society. Challenges include not only the design of new infrastructure (often on problematic ground), but inc
These ten advantages of marketing to the LEB/S market have financial
ramifications. They connect to price elasticity and profitability, the amount you can
afford to invest in customer acquisition and to retention, and the sustainability and
Author: Dan S. Kennedy
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
Category: Business & Economics
For the next 20 years, roughly 10,000 citizens will hit medicare eligibility each and every day. Understanding their attitudes, interests, spending patterns, buying preferences and the emerging opportunities for profiting by targeted development and marketing of products and services to them is vital to the forward thinking entrepreneur and marketing executive. There is no product, service, industry or profession category unaffected by this demographic sea-change. The leading-edge boomer and senior population quietly controls the majority of the deiscretionary spending and investing capability, so this is the roadmap to the money.
As such, one must ascertain the sustainability of a given trader's edge. The odds
might be in the trader's favor today but against him tomorrow as the world
changes or as competition increases, if the trader does not evolve. An investment
Author: Rishi K. Narang
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Inside The Black Box The Simple Truth About Quantitative Trading Rishi K Narang Praise for Inside the Black Box "In Inside the Black Box: The Simple Truth About Quantitative Trading, Rishi Narang demystifies quantitative trading. His explanation and classification of alpha will enlighten even a seasoned veteran." ?Blair Hull, Founder, Hull Trading & Matlock Trading "Rishi provides a comprehensive overview of quantitative investing that should prove useful both to those allocating money to quant strategies and those interested in becoming quants themselves. Rishi's experience as a well-respected quant fund of funds manager and his solid relationships with many practitioners provide ample useful material for his work." ?Peter Muller, Head of Process Driven Trading, Morgan Stanley "A very readable book bringing much needed insight into a subject matter that is not often covered. Provides a framework and guidance that should be valuable to both existing investors and those looking to invest in this area for the first time. Many quants should also benefit from reading this book." ?Steve Evans, Managing Director of Quantitative Trading, Tudor Investment Corporation "Without complex formulae, Narang, himself a leading practitioner, provides an insightful taxonomy of systematic trading strategies in liquid instruments and a framework for considering quantitative strategies within a portfolio. This guide enables an investor to cut through the hype and pretense of secrecy surrounding quantitative strategies." ?Ross Garon, Managing Director, Quantitative Strategies, S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P. "Inside the Black Box is a comprehensive, yet easy read. Rishi Narang provides a simple framework for understanding quantitative money management and proves that it is not a black box but rather a glass box for those inside." ?Jean-Pierre Aguilar, former founder and CEO, Capital Fund Management "This book is great for anyone who wants to understand quant trading, without digging in to the equations. It explains the subject in intuitive, economic terms." ?Steven Drobny, founder, Drobny Global Asset Management, and author, Inside the House of Money "Rishi Narang does an excellent job demystifying how quants work, in an accessible and fun read. This book should occupy a key spot on anyone's bookshelf who is interested in understanding how this ever increasing part of the investment universe actually operates." ?Matthew S. Rothman, PhD, Global Head of Quantitative Equity Strategies Barclays Capital "Inside the Black Box provides a comprehensive and intuitive introduction to "quant" strategies. It succinctly explains the building blocks of such strategies and how they fit together, while conveying the myriad possibilities and design details it takes to build a successful model driven investment strategy." ?Asriel Levin, PhD, Managing Member, Menta Capital, LLC
... onitstargeted social returns. Itis therefore the social dimension to investing (and
indeed to sustainability) thatstilllacksacutting edge in the institutional
investmentsectorin the contextofurbanregeneration (Dixonetal,2007b; Colantonio
Author: John Flint
Publisher: Policy Press
Category: Political Science
This book investigates how the meanings and politics of urban sustainability are being radically rethought in response to the economic downturn and the credit crunch. In this ground-breaking contribution, prominent scholars provide up to date coverage of the impacts of recent changes on key areas of urban planning, including housing, transport, and the environment, and map out core areas for future research.
... Ziegler, A., “Human rights abuse and corporate stock performance— an event
study analysis,” white paper, December 21, 2009; p.63: “The Sustainability Edge:
Sustainability Update,” Bloomberg LP, 2011; p.65: Booz & Company, 2013; p.67
Author: Alexandra Black
Category: Business & Economics
A unique step-by-step visual guide How Business Works defines and explains the key concepts behind business, finance, and company management. With the right knowledge, business doesn't have to be difficult. Do you know the difference between profit margin, gross profit, and net profit? What is cash flow or a limited company? Using clear language and eye-catching graphics, DK's How Business Works answers hundreds of questions and is an invaluable reference for anyone wanting to learn about business.
Author: Michael N. DobkowskiPublish On: 2002-02-01
These essays address one of the most pressing and significant issues that humanity has confronted to date - the lack of life-sustaining resources.
Author: Michael N. Dobkowski
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
These essays address one of the most pressing and significant issues that humanity has confronted to date - the lack of life-sustaining resources. Michael N. Dobkowski and Isidor Wallimann establish a disturbing but realistic scenario of the disastrous future that awaits humankind as surplus populations collide with dwindling resources. Authors consider a number of cause-and-effect situations on industrialization, biophysical limits, exponential population growth, and genocide, to name a few. This volume is a critical contribution to the field and will serve as an ideal introduction to courses in the environment, population, resources, genocide, and social conflict.
Again, there was also a confusion of indicators and goals—MDG 7 is not to
provide access to safe drinking water but to achieve environmental sustainability,
and has four targets and ten indicators. One of the targets is access to safe and ...
Author: Ben Ramalingam
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Category: Business & Economics
Many agree that the foreign aid system - which today involves virtually every nation on earth - needs drastic change. But there is much conflict as to what should be done. In Aid on the Edge of Chaos, Ben Ramalingam argues that what is most needed is the creative and innovative transformation of how aid works. Foreign aid today is dominated by linear, mechanistic ideas that emerged from early twentieth century industry, and are ill-suited to the world we face today. The problems and systems aid agencies deal with on a daily basis have more in common with ecosystems than machines: they are interconnected, diverse, and dynamic; they cannot be just simply re-engineered or fixed. Outside of aid, social scientists, economists, business leaders, and policy makers have started applying innovative and scientific approaches to such problems, informed by ideas from the 'new science' of complex adaptive systems. Inspired by these efforts, aid practitioners and researchers have started experimenting with such approaches in their own work. This book showcases the experiences, insights, and often remarkable results of innovative thinkers and practitioners who are working to bring these approaches into the mainstream of aid. From transforming child malnutrition to rethinking economic growth, from building peace to reversing desertification, from rural Vietnam to urban Kenya, the ideas of complex systems thinking are starting to be used to make foreign aid more relevant, more appropriate, and more catalytic. Aid on the Edge of Chaos argues that such ideas and approaches should play a vital part of the transformation of aid. Aid should move from being an imperfect post-World War II global resource transfer system, to a new form of global cooperation that is truly fit for the twenty-first century.
The Convivial City and a Sustainable Future Susan Parham ... Urban edge food
resilience has been understood to be the result of a complex interplay between
critical shifts in the nature of urban expansion and also of changes that are ...
Author: Susan Parham
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Social Science
Cities are home to over fifty percent of the world's population, a figure which is expected to increase enormously by 2050. Despite the growing demand on urban resources and infrastructure, food is still often overlooked as a key factor in planning and designing cities. Without incorporating food into the design process – how it is grown, transported, and bought, cooked, eaten and disposed of – it is impossible to create truly resilient and convivial urbanism. Moving from the table and home garden to the town, city, and suburbs, Food and Urbanism explores the connections between food and place in past and present design practices. The book also looks to future methods for extending the 'gastronomic' possibilities of urban space. Supported by examples from places across the world, including the UK, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Romania, Australia and the USA, the book offers insights into how the interplay of physical design and socio-spatial practices centred around food can help to maintain socially rich, productive and sustainable urban space. Susan Parham brings together the latest research from a number of disciplines – urban planning, food studies, sociology, geography, and design – with her own fieldwork on a range of foodscapes to highlight the fundamental role food has to play in shaping the urban future.
This measures the connectedness of a landscape from one edge to the other .
The term derives from measures of the ability of water to percolate through the
soil when the soil pores are connected . This index may be important for
Category: Biodiversity conservation
The need for new criteria and indicators for the assessment of biodiversity conservation as part of sustainable forest management of tropical forests has been identified as a priority by many international organisations. Those biodiversity criteria and indicators which formed part of a much broader initial assessment by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) (Prabhu et al. 1996) were found to be deficient. This Working Paper contains specific proposals for biodiversity criteria and indicators. These proposals originated from a workshop of experts, and are intended to be adapted and refined for use in specific situations. Criteria and indicators need to be applied at the forest management unit level and those for biodiversity are just one part of a package that includes socio-economic and other categories. Biodiversity is an extraordinarily broad concept and, given the huge diversity of life in tropical forests, it is impossible to make rapid direct assessments of biodiversity in forests in anything other than a superficial manner. It is likely that there will be limited skilled human resources and time for biodiversity assessment in any system of criteria and indicators, so it is important that we design tools that do not require expert application and interpretation. The usefulness of 'indicator groups', 'keystone' species and other concepts is still argued among biologists and their utility is questionable. This paper suggests that, in contrast to more traditional approaches to assessing taxonomic diversity, it may be possible to assess the effects of management practices on biodiversity by examining the state of those processes that generate or maintain biodiversity ...