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Sustainability at Work

(Available from Routledge – Earthscan)

What does sustainability mean to you? What comes to mind when you hear the terms going green, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, people-planet-profit…? This book demystifies some key and important concepts related to the idea of sustainable development and sustainability as it applies to our professional lives. Sustainability at Work introduces the SURF Framework, developed by the author, for applying sustainability concepts to multiple career situations; and carries the reader through an engaging prose to highlight the relevance and presence of sustainable development in various fields (including in agriculture, business, economic and financial services, health, science and technology, law and policy, education and research, and entertainment and media sectors). If you are pondering how to have a green career or simply incorporate sustainability into your professional duties, look no further. Thinking about a shift in position or sector to have meaning and impact? Sustainability at Work shows you how you can have a positive impact on both society and your career by applying principles of sustainable development as a guiding force.

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Business and Management

SURF Framework for a Sustainable Economy

This article presents a practical framework for approaching sustainable development and the green economy. As a result of analyzing the on-the-ground reality of attempting to transform products and services for sustainable development, the author identified gaps and incoherencies that rendered a new framework necessary. The SURF framework: supply chain, user, relations, and future, enables a systems-level approach, and subsequently a systems-level impact, for decisions made even on a very microscopic level. Start-ups and large companies, public organizations and private ones alike will benefit from adopting this framework and adapting it to their unique needs. The framework was configured based on an extensive analysis of available definitions, understandings, and methods for implementing sustainable development on a concrete level, as well as through discussions with various industries. A sample product in the form of a t-shirt, manufactured from bamboo textiles, is used to explain the application of SURF. SURF moves beyond the triple-bottom-line approach to sustainable development to place emphasis on the quadruple bottom line.

Alternative Payments in Four European Markets

This report describes the alternative payment trends in four European countries and across four key online commerce industries. It analyzes the payment options available in France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom for airlines, book sellers, grocery stores, and department stores. Alternative payments are defined as payment methods other than credit and debit. The report includes information on the percentage of companies accepting alternative payment methods, as well as which specific companies accept alternative payments. 3 alternative payments players are profiled in brief overviews: 1euro.com, Sage Pay, and Giropay.

Creative Nonfiction

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The New Rule of Real Estate

The New Rule of Real Estate presents a narrative that takes place during an ELEEP study tour of North American urban transformation. Through interactions with the many elements that make up a location, such as infrastructure, climate, people, organizations, and food, the narrator comes to at least one conclusion: Detroit’s got potential.

Textiles

 

Sustainable Textiles: The Role of Bamboo and a Comparison of Bamboo Textile Properties

This paper delves into a subset of engineering for sustainable development—the engineering of sustainable textiles using bamboo. In particular, the document explores various questions relating to the subject, including: (1) what constitute sustainable textiles? and (2) what role can bamboo textiles play in sustainable development? The experiments performed attempt to answer two main questions: (1) what are the differences in textile properties between chemically-manufactured and mechanically-manufactured bamboo textiles? and (2) what are the differences in textile properties between two different species of bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis and Bambusa emeiensis)?

This document focuses on one small aspect of the entire field of sustainable textiles—materials made from bio-based renewable resources in the form of bamboo species. The textile properties examined relate to sustainability: wear and tear (and therefore durability) and moisture wicking (and therefore the need for machine washing and drying). The following are measured for fibre, yarn, and fabric: tear force, breaking force, breaking tenacity, moisture absorption and speed of drying, and surface morphology.

The work is divided into two parts. Part 1 addresses bamboo textiles in the context of sustainable development, providing a historical perspective, sustainable development framework, pertinent information about bamboo as a plant, and the various manufacturing processes, advantages, and constraints of the bamboo textile industry. Part 2 addresses the experimental component with a discussion of limitations, challenges, a system dynamics view of sustainable bamboo textiles, and final recommendations for sustainability within the textile industry.

The SURF Framework Applied to the Textile Industry

Volume 2: Environmental and social aspects of textiles and clothing supply chain – Roadmap to sustainable textiles and clothing

One of the major challenges of the twenty-first century textile industry is transformation for sustainability. There are various metrics by which textile players can evaluate sustainability performance, but practitioners often say that at least one key component of the sustainability paradigm is missing or inadequate. The SURF Framework aims to fill the gap between tools which address specific aspects of the sustainability model and the very broad definitions which surround sustainable development. SURF (supply chain, user, relations, and future) addresses the quadruple bottom line of sustainability: social environmental, economic, and intergenerational equity results. This chapter provides an overview of the SURF Framework, providing specific case studies in the realm of cotton textiles. Section 1 provides an overview of the SURF Framework; Sect. 2 summarizes the various textile-specific initiatives, standards, methods, and tools which relate to each component of SURF; Sect. 3 provides an example of the SURF Framework applied to cotton textiles in particular; Sects. 4 and 5 describe case studies of how the SURF Framework applies to two different companies selling cotton shoes and jeans, respectively; Sect. 6 is a conclusion for the chapter.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States

This essay seeks to further the dialogue concerning climate-change impacts for small island developing states (SIDS). Climate-change adaptation and mitigation strategies must be developed to cope with changes such as shifting precipitation patterns, increasing evapotranspiration, and expanding saline intrusion into coastal aquifers and wells. While it is necessary to study all climate-change mitigation measures, this essay uses Jamaica as a case study to examine the utility of rainwater harvesting (RWH) in SIDS. What role can RWH play in providing a sustainable supply of water in a changing climate? Through various water demand and deficit scenarios, questions are answered regarding (1) how much rainwater can be harvested on the island given present and future precipitation patterns and (2) how much can RWH realistically curb water-supply deficits now and in the future. Water resources are directly linked to many other considerations, including infrastructure, energy, agriculture, and the overall economy. Exploring the aforementioned questions can help to facilitate more effective policy decisions for water resources given predictions for rainfall. It is my hope that this analysis spurs a broader reflection on what concrete actions SIDS should take to prepare for the water-resource impacts of climate change.

 

Sustainable Water Resources in the Built Environment

Sustainable Water Resources in the Built Environment covers elements of water engineering and policy-making in the sustainable construction of buildings with a focus on case studies from Panama and Kenya. It provides comprehensive information based on case studies, experimental data, interviews, and in-depth research. The book focuses on the water aspects of sustainable construction in less economically developed environments. It covers the importance of sustainable construction in developing country contexts with particular reference to what is meant by the water and wastewater aspects of sustainable buildings, the layout, climate, and culture of sites, the water quality tests performed and results obtained, the design of rainwater harvesting systems and policy considerations. The book is a useful resource for practitioners in the field working on the water aspects of sustainable construction (international aid agencies, engineering firms working in developing contexts, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs). It is also useful as a text for water and sanitation practices in developing countries.

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