Sustainability by Design A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture

ISBN-10: 0300158432

ISBN-13: 9780300158434

Edition: 2009

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Description: The developed world, increasingly aware of "inconvenient truths" about global warming and sustainability, is turning its attention to possible remedieseco-efficiency, sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility, among others. But such measures are mere Band-Aids, and they may actually do more harm than good, says John Ehrenfeld, a pioneer in the field of industrial ecology. In this deeply considered book, Ehrenfeld challenges conventional understandings of "solving" environmental problems and offers a radically new set of strategies to attain sustainability. The book is founded upon this new definition: sustainability is the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on Earth forever. There are obstacles to this hopeful vision, however, and overcoming them will require us to transform our behavior, both individually and collectively. Ehrenfeld identifies problematic cultural attributessuch as the unending consumption that characterizes modern lifeand outlines practical steps toward developing sustainability as a mindset. By focusing on the "being" mode of human existence rather than on the unsustainable "having" mode we cling to now, he asserts, a sustainable world is within our reach.

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 8/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Is the Sky Falling, and, If So, Does Anyone Care?
Solving the Wrong Problem: How Good Habits Turn Bad
Uncovering the Roots of Unsustainability
Consumption: A Symptom of Addiction
A Radical Notion of Sustainability
The Tao of Sustainability
Change, Transformation, and Design
Culture Change: Locating the Levers of Transformation
A New Story for Nature
The Importance of Being
Consumption and Need
To Care Is Human
Creating Possibility with Products
Presencing by Design
Creating Possibility Through Institutional Design
Implementing Adaptive Governance
The Special Role of Business
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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