imesh 2013

Sustainability

Sustainability involves conserving the world’s resources for future generations. It also means adopting practices that contribute to a balanced and fair society, which complements and supports its environment, as well as working to achieve economic stability and success. We are ever more becoming aware of the need to think about the future consequences of our actions and not just live in the present. Our decisions and actions today impact our ability to have the same degree of choice in the future, thus, sustainability is an important concern for private individuals, business, and government.  A great deal of attention has already been targeted at the environment to ensure that organizations consider human ecology when planning for future development. However, the impact of globalization, modernization and arguably capitalism on people and communities is increasingly drawing attention as an essential consideration in the growth plans of socially responsible policies for corporations and the state. Individual attitudes towards human development, freedom of choice, and the competing objectives of conservation and growth can determine the well-being and long term viability of communities.

AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Environmental issues, the climate and biodiversity
  • Interrelationships between growth and consumption, development and conservation
  • Impact assessment, education and dissemination
  • Sustainability in higher education
  • Curriculum issue for educating about sustainability
  • Metrics and measurement in an educational context
  • Regulation, legislation and the role of government
  • Inclusion and equality in sustainability decision-making
  • Consumer and community involvement, reactions and attitudes to corporate sustainability practices
  • Corporate social responsibility and cause related policies
  • Social sustainability in the workplace, education and the community
  • The relationship between individual workers and the organization in adopting sustainable operations
  • Communications and dissemination of sustainability policies within and outside of the organization/government
  • Motivation for organizational support of sustainability policies
  • The business case for sustainability as a strategic objective
  • Role of senior management in championing sustainability programmes
  • Environmentally conscious product design and services
  • Environmental economics, accounting and investing
  • Energy efficiencies (residential, commercial, governmental), renewable and alternative energy, and energy management
  • eGovernment
  • Energy usage in the built environment
  • Low energy housing and energy conservation
  • The cloud and innovations in green technology
  • Clean technology initiatives and successes
  • Scarce resource management and planning
  • Waste management and recycling policies, practices and opportunities
  • End of life strategy and life cycle management
  • Water management and long term security of supply
  • Social impact of emerging clean technologies
  • Urban regeneration and sustainable development

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