Eco–Efficiency – The Business Link to Sustainable Development
Eco–Efficiency – The Business Link to Sustainable Development
Financing Change – The Financial Community, Eco–efficiency & Sustainable Development (Paper)
The case study is a development strategy paper that seeks to bail out a landlocked northeast region of India by harnessing the best potential of the region rich in biodiversity. The study adopts project management methodology to identify the problem while using public management concepts, tools and approaches to implement the idea and deploys hard evidences from local and global experience to assess the viability and the sustainability of growth and development. The paper reflects the strategic national and regional position of northeast region of India both politically and economically to understand the importance of this region.The research identifies eco-tourism development as a viable route to growth and development with concern for environment conservation and to create a lasting impact on the region that will also help to bridged the psychological gap of the alienated people. The paper concludes the impact of such a development policy on the individual and environment as real sustainability.
This work needed to be done because it investigated the extent to which eco-schools were able to develop whole school approaches to education for sustainable development during the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014). Current educational systems in many countries do not always allow schools to engage in pedagogies of participation (Lotz-Sisitka 2004, O’Donoghue and Lotz-Sisitka 2006), democratic styles of learning and critical thinking (Sterling 2003), which this study highlighted. The aim of this study was to examine the vision for education for sustainable development (ESD), being driven by UNESCO, and its reality in practice in two eco-schools, in England and South Africa. Cultural stories were compared as idiosyncratic cases through a common reporting structure based on aspects of communities of practice (Lave and Wenger 1991) and whole-school approaches (Shallcross 2006a, Shallcross et al. 2006). This book should be especially useful to policy makers, educational scholars, academics and students in the field of environmental education (EE/ESD) in England and South Africa and those in the field of global education agendas.
This book ‘Communicating Sustainable Development (Volume One),’ is loaded with current research journal-type of articles which are interesting to read. It has six brief chapters on social, economic, environment, and policy aspects of sustainable development. It covers sustainable tourism with a focus on eco-tourism, gender equality issues, health policy, information communication technologies, and biomass energy and efficiency, and environmental education. The chapters are typical journal research articles presented in the following format: • Title • Author • Abstract • Introduction • Methods • Results • Discussion • Conclusion • References The book practical for research and new project development, field work, multidisciplinary professionals, and NGOs for knowledge management (KM), communicators, trainers, students, library information services, references, business managers, decision, and policy makers. The book chapters are presented: Chapter One: Communicating Sustainable Tourism Industry Issues Chapter Two: Communicating Sustainable Gender Equality Issues Chapter Three: Communicating ICTs for Education Research Issues Chapter Four: Communicating Vocational Environmental
Sustainable development is the need of the hour. It aims to fulfill the fundamental needs of humanity with minimum resource input and ensuring the sustainability of these resources for future generations. Today, the business of business is no longer business. It is clearly understood that the business organizations cannot ignore the needs of the society and therefore it is expected that along with making profits they also help the people to live better . Corporate social responsibility is no longer philanthropy. At several occasions, CSR is considered same as the environment protection measures. However, the scope of CSR is much broader. The present study throws light on the role of the service organizations in paving the way for sustainable development by following corporate social responsibility and environment management practices.The study area is at the peak of economic growth and there are enormous opportunities in the areas of tourism, education,medical,etc. Therefore it is imperative to explore the CSR and environment management practices to assess the role of service organizations towards sustainable development.
In the modern world, ecology and the economy are on cross roads. With the increasing pace of globalization and economic liberalization, leading to phenomenal growth of consumerism by the modern civil society, there is growing consciousness to move gradually towards green growth with sustainability. The catalytic element in envisioning Green growth and Sustainability is ‘Eco-innovation’. Eco-innovation is closely related to the development and use of environmental technologies blended with the concept of eco-efficiency attributed to evolving eco-industries. The common aim is to contribute to more sustainable production and consumption patterns and promote green growth in an eco-friendly manner. The concept of Eco-innovation is gaining momentum in the context of fast deteriorating environment - consequential to energy-intensive industrialization and rise in greenhouse gas emissions, triggering global warming. This is being offset by developing Eco-innovation business models by the innovative business enterprises to produce eco-products catering to green consumerism to suit modern lifestyles. These initiatives have opened up a vista of entrepreneurship and new business opportunities.
'Sustainable building design (SBD) basics: eco-concepts development' provides information to students, architects, researchers and individuals in the field of the built environment. It presents general knowledge of SBD and green design aspects. Also it investigates the process of development of eco-concepts in architecture. The book presents number of real scientific facts which could be applied in design stage to develop eco-concepts, required to create more compatible building systems. Educational approach and easy language of this book help readers to establish their own analytical perception of sustainable and green building design. Then based on fundamentals presented and discussed in the book, more creative eco-concepts could be developed in accordance with the existing contextual frameworks.
This research study investigates implementable eco-efficiency opportunities available in a beverage manufacturing entity. It recommends actions to reduce material intensity by cutting water usage, cut energy intensity by reducing energy use as well as identify areas of reducing toxic discharge intensity in the plant for continuous improvement. The results of these sustainable programs are compared to the world class beverage bench marks. The study can be a useful resource to plant managers seeking to achieve environmental efficiency in food and beverage manufacturing operations.
This textbook examines the themes of globalization and sustainability and their impact. It bridges international business, business ethics and sustainable development, exploring classic and contemporary theory and practice, whilst providing an overall picture of what it means to be a sustainable business in today's global economy.
The relentless pursuit of industrial efficiency no longer yields the profits it once did because it requires a level of business predictability that no longer exists. Instead, the Internet and global video and telecom systems provide a massive and continuous flow of data that causes the whole world to behave like a giant stock market, with all the volatility and uncertainty that goes along with such markets. Responsiveness now trumps efficiency. By being responsive to the evolving needs and desires of specific groups of customers, companies can wrap their products and services in a tailored blanket of value-added services to consistently earn an additional four percent or more gross margin than they would otherwise earn for the product or service alone. This customer and market specialization is the most promising and the most sustainable source of profits in our fluid, real-time economy. Part of the Microsoft Executive Leadership Series, Business Agility discusses the three fundamental process loops that drive an agile enterprise and how they work together to deliver the responsiveness that generates profits in a high-change economy. Providing strategies for innovative and pragmatic use of people, process, and technology to drive operations in an agile enterprise, this book reveals the principles of the agile enterprise, backed by real-world case studies from the author's own experience. Michael Hugos is a speaker, writer, and practitioner in IT and business agility, and agile system development methods. He writes a column for Computerworld and a blog titled «Doing Business in Real Time» for CIO magazine.
Eco tourism is an optional form of tourism and has become the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry and recently getting high attention by the world people for education, conservation of resources, and appreciation of cultures and considered a prime tool for environmentally degraded destination by agricultural activities. In this regard, Ethiopia currently is home to many Mountains, National parks and protected wildlife Sanctuaries and Reserves which are excellent for eco-tourism development; however, promoting eco tourism has not been travelling far.If the government encouraging well, developing community based eco tourism in the mountainous areas are an optional and pleasing way for the conservation of biodiversity and enhances sustainable development to the local community, at the same time it can give ample room for the community psychological empowerment on the rights over the resource utilization and dividing of benefits equally. This book which it can provides actual evidence that, Ethiopia Mountains could be well regarded as a right place successfully to develop community based Eco-tourism.
This book examines the challenges faced by micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Kenya. It specifically focuses on the financial challenges the businesses encounter in their daily operations. Financial options available for the MSEs, reliability and the efficiency with which the finance is utilized by the entrepreneurs is assessed. The author observes that most of the MSEs in Kenya depend on informal sources for their finance and that such finance is not only unreliable but also inadequate. He posits that the available formal sources are either too expensive for the businessmen or not well publicised for the businessmen to have adequate information about them. He thus observes that the main problem is not availability of the finance from the formal sources but their accessibility to the business owners. The personalized nature of the businesses brings about the problem of allocation of resources between the owners’ personal needs and those of the business. Consequently, he recommends the establishment of financial options focused on the small and micro enterprises as well as follow-up by financiers to ensure appropriate utilization of funds.
The book explores the role of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), an offset mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol (art. 12), that allows the crediting of emission reductions from Greenhouse Gas (GHG) abatement projects in developing countries, and its contribution to Sustainable Development (SD) in Mexico. Through a sustainability assessment, the book analizes if and how CDM projects in Mexico are fulfilling one of the main objectives for which it was created and to what extent during the period 2005-2010. The main argument – besides the criticism about the efficiency and efficacy of the CDM itself- is that considering the extreme flexibility of SD criteria established by the Mexican government through the Designated National Authority (DNA), CDM projects have a relative impact on SD in some key dimensions such as environmental, economical, and to a lesser extent, social one. CDM relation with SD and its contribution in Mexico is however a complex topic to understand, partly due to the vague definition of SD adopted at country level and stakeholders positions towards the CDM itself.