In this clear-eyed book, Maurie Cohen introduces students to the concept of sustainability, tracing its history and application from local land-use practices, construction techniques and reorientation of business models to national and global institutions seeking to foster sustainable practices. Examining sustainable development in scientific, technological, social and political terms, he shows that it remains an elusive concept and evidence of its unambiguous achievements can be difficult to ascertain. Moreover, developed and developing countries have formulated divergent agendas to engage the notion of sustainability, further complicating its application and progress across the world.
Innovative and readily accessible to students from a range of disciplines, this primer takes us on a journey to show that sustainability is as much about unchartered waters as it is about formulating answers to urgent global issues.
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
Chapter 1 What is Sustainability?
Chapter 2 The Science of Sustainability
Chapter 3 Engineering a More Sustainable Future
Chapter 4 Planning Sustainability Transitions
Chapter 5 Social Innovation and Sustainability
Chapter 6 Toward Post-sustainability?
Afterword: Sustainability in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond