1st Edition

Environmental Management towards Sustainability

By Prasad Modak Copyright 2018
    337 Pages 94 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    337 Pages 94 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book is about understanding challenges in managing our environment and ensuring sustainability of this planet. It presents the critical state of our resources and threats to resource security due to overconsumption, pollution and poor and uneven governance. Role of key stakeholders such as the Government, Financing Institutions, Business and Communities is important. These stakeholders need to collaborate at multiple levels – viz. Local, Regional, National and Global. Chapters are devoted to describing the role of the above stakeholders with numerous case studies. The book can serve as a textbook to academia, a reference for policy makers and planners and a resource for conducting continuing education programs for the professionals to introduce both the concepts and practice experience on sustainability.

    Chapter 1 The Challenges We Face Today

    1.1 Challenges we face today – Population, Consumption and Limited Resources

    1.2 Indicators of Development

    1.3 Resource Security

    1.4 The Issues

    1.5 Key Drivers and Challenges

    1.6 Global Respons

    1.7 Key Takeaways

    Chapter 2 Response from the National Governments

    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Key Stakeholders in Environmental Management

    2.3 Guiding Principles

    2.4 Need for Multi-level and Multi-Stakeholder Response

    2.5 Legislative Framework and Institutions

    2.6 Inclusion of Environmental Rights in the Constitution

    2.7 Formulation of National Policies

    2.8 Planning and Zoning Related Directives

    2.9 Eco-Cities, Eco-Industrial Parks and Eco-Towns

    2.10 Common Environmental Infrastructure

    2.11 Laws & Regulations

    2.12 Environmental Impact Assessment

    2.13 Integrating Climate Change Considerations in Environmental Impact Assessment

    2.14 Environmental Standards, Progression and Expanse

    2.15 Managing Indoor Air Quality

    2.16 Phasing Out of Substances and Technologies

    2.17 Green Public Procurement

    2.18 Market Based Instruments

    2.19 Environmental Courts and Tribunals

    2.20 Key Takeaways

    Chapter 3 Financial Institutions

    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Development Financing Institutions

    3.3 Private Sector Finance Institution

    3.4 Evolution of Environmental & Social Safeguards at Development Financial Institutions

    3.5 Evolution of Environmental & Social Safeguards at Private Sector Financing Institutions

    3.6 Financial Intermediary Funds

    3.7 Climate Finance

    3.8 Stock Markets

    3.9 Green Bonds

    3.10 Conservation Finance

    3.11 Impact Investing

    3.12 Key Takeaways

    Chapter 4 Business Response

    4.1 Impact of Government Policies and Legislation

    4.2 Impact of Economic Instruments

    4.3 Impact of Information based Instruments

    4.4 From Meeting Compliance to Achieving Competitiveness

    4.5 Life Cycle Thinking

    4.6 Ecolabels

    4.7 Influencing Supply Chains

    4.8 Sustainability Assessment of Technologies

    4.9 Environmental Management System ISO 14001

    4.10 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

    4.11 Key Takeaways




    Chapter 5 –Responses by Business Sectors

    5.1 Transportation Sector

    5.2 Information and Communication Technology Sector

    5.3 Pulp and Paper Sector

    5.4 Cement Industry

    5.5 Tourism Sector

    5.6 Waste Management Sector

    5.7 Cosmetic Sector

    5.8 Food & Agriculture Sector

    5.9 Mining Sector

    5.10 Social Sector

    5.11 Collective Industry Responses

    5.12 Leadership Examples in Sustainability

    5.13 Key Takeaways

    Chapter 6 – Community Response

    6.1 Roles Played by the Community

    6.2 Community and Government

    6.3 Microfinance to Empower the Community

    6.4 Community and the Business

    6.5 Eco-entrepreneurship

    6.6 Education and Sustainability

    6.7 Behavioural Change

    6.8 Key Takeaways


    Prasad Modak is an Alumni of IIT Bombay and holds Doctor of Environmental Engg from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. Dr Modak was Professor at Centre for Environmental Science and Engg at IIT Bombay between 1984-1995. Currently, he is back again with his Alma matter as Professor (Adjunct) at Centre for Technology Alternatives in Rural Areas.

    Dr Modak runs a strategic consulting company –Environmental Management Centre LLP – that focuses on sustainability. He is also Director of Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation a Section 8 not for Profit Company with a mandate to impart education and training in the arena of environmental management. Dr Modak was Chief Sustainability Officer at IL&FS Ltd and the first Dean of IL&FS Academy for Applied Development as a Consultant.

    Dr Modak has worked with almost all key UN, multi-lateral and bi-lateral developmental institutions in the world. Apart from Government of India and various State Governments, Dr Modak’s advice is sought by Governments of Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Mauritius, Thailand and Vietnam. Dr Modak has been invited by several international agencies, public bodies, professional journals and Governments to serve as a Jury and a Reviewer. He has authored and executed more than 500 consulting reports and trained more than 8000 professionals across the World.

    Dr Modak has published books with UN University, Oxford University Press, UNEP and Centre for Environmental Education in India. He served as Hon Editor of the Journal of Indian Water Works Association between 1998 and 2004. Recently, he contributed chapters on Waste Management & Recycling in UNEP’s Green Economy Report and Global Waste Management Outlook. Dr Modak was the Chief Editor and contributor to the Asia Waste Management Outlook for UNEP.

    Dr Modak has been posting blogs since 2014 at https://prasadmodakblog.wordpress.com/ on a regular basis. These posts have resulted into two books captioned Sixty Shades of GreenMusings on Sustainability and Blue, Green – and Everything in Between. Dr Modak has been the Editor of Sustainability Quotent – a quarterly newsletter with the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industries since 2013.

    Dr Modak has worked on a number of assignments concerning institutional assessment and capacity building in the field of environmental management. His blend of experience with academic and research institutions, private sector and financing institutions, bi-lateral and multilateral development agencies as well as Governments has provided him an advantage to take a rounded approach. Very recently, in 2015, Dr Modak was invited on the prestigious Indian Resources Panel by for Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

    Dr Modak has received a number of awards and recognitions and his name has been listed in distinguished personalities on environmental management. He has been recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of AITAA in 2010 for Significant Contribution to International Affairs. In 2011, Dr Modak was elected by American Association of Environmental Engineers as Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member for his work in Research, Teaching and Professional Practice

    Visit www.linkedin.com/in/prasadmodak for Dr Modak's detailed profile.