2nd Edition

Managing Human and Social Systems

Edited By Brian D. Fath, Sven Erik Jorgensen Copyright 2021
    538 Pages 106 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    538 Pages 106 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Bringing together a wealth of knowledge, Environmental Management Handbook, Second Edition, gives a comprehensive overview of environmental problems, their sources, their assessment, and their solutions. Through in-depth entries and a topical table of contents, readers will quickly find answers to questions about environmental problems and their corresponding management issues. This six-volume set is a reimagining of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, published in 2013, and features insights from more than 400 contributors, all experts in their field.

    The experience, evidence, methods, and models used in studying environmental management are presented here in six stand-alone volumes, arranged along the major environmental systems.


    • The first handbook that demonstrates the key processes and provisions for enhancing environmental management
    • Addresses new and cutting-edge topics on ecosystem services, resilience, sustainability, food–energy–water nexus, socio-ecological systems, and more
    • Provides an excellent basic knowledge on environmental systems, explains how these systems function, and offers strategies on how to best manage them
    • Includes the most important problems and solutions facing environmental management today

    In this sixth volume, Managing Human and Social Systems, the reader is introduced to the general concepts and processes of all the environmental tools and their application to human and social systems. It explains how these systems function and provides strategies on how to best manage them. It serves as an excellent resource for finding basic knowledge on the human and social systems and includes important problems and solutions that environmental managers face today. This book practically demonstrates the key processes, methods, and models used in studying environmental management.

    Section I: APC: Anthropogenic Chemicals and Activities

    1. Food: Pesticide Contamination

    [Denis Hamilton]

    2. Human Health: Consumer Concerns to Pesticides

    [George Ekström and Margareta Palmborg]

    3. Human Health: Endocrine Disruption

    [Evamarie Straube and Sebastian Straube]

    4. Human Health: Pesticides

    [Kelsey Hart and David Pimentel]

    5. Nanoparticles

    [Alexandra Navrotsky]

    6. Pharmaceuticals: Treatment

    [Diana Aga and Seungyun Baik]

    Section II: COV: Comparative Overviews of Important Topics for Environmental Management

    7. Buildings: Climate Change

    [Lisa Guan and Guangnan Chen]

    8. Economic Growth: Slower by Design, Not Disaster

    [Peter A. Victor and Tim Jackson]

    9. Food–Energy–Water Nexus

    [Nemi Vora]

    10. Geographic Information System (GIS): Land Use Planning

    [Egide Nizeyimana and Jacob Opadeyi]

    11. Industrial Networks

    [Sven Erik Jørgensen]

    12. Land Restoration

    [Richard W. Bell]

    13. Limits to Growth

    [Brian D. Fath]

    14. Nuclear Energy: Economics

    [James G. Hewlett]

    15. Remote Sensing and GIS Integration

    [Egide Nizeyimana]

    16. Solid Waste: Municipal

    [Angelique Chettiparamb]

    17. Sustainability and Planning

    [Richard Cowell]

    18. Sustainable Development

    [Mark A. Peterson]

    19. Urban Agriculture

    [Natalia Fath]

    Section III: CSS: Case Studies of Environmental Management

    20. Cell Tower Procurement: Public School Placement

    [Joshua Steinfeld]

    21. Community-Based Monitoring: Ngarenanyuki, Tanzania

    [Aiwerasia V.F. Ngowi, Larama M.B. Rongo, and Thomas J. Mbise]

    22. Developing Countries: Pesticide Health Impacts

    [Aiwerasia V.F. Ngowi, Catharina Wesseling, and Leslie London]

    23. Insulation: Facilities

    [Wendell A. Porter]

    Section IV: DIA: Diagnostic Tools: Monitoring, Ecological Modeling, Ecological Indicators, and Ecological Services

    24. Environmental Accounting: A Tool for Supporting Environmental Management and Nature Conservation

    [Pier Paolo Franzese, Elvira Buonocore, and Giovanni F. Russo]

    25. Remote Sensing: Pollution

    [Massimo Antoninetti]

    26. Solid Waste Management: Life Cycle Assessment

    [Ni-Bin Chang, Ana Pires, and Graça Martinho]

    27. Sustainable Development: Ecological Footprint in Accounting

    [Simone Bastianoni, Valentina Niccolucci, Elena Neri, Gemma Cranston, Alessandro Galli, and Mathis Wackernagel]

    28. Environmental Legislation: Asia

    [Wanpen Wirojanagud]

    Section V: ELE: Focuses on the Use of Legislation or Policy to Address Environmental Problems

    29. Environmental Policy

    [Sanford V. Berg]

    30. Environmental Policy: Innovations

    [Alka Sapat]

    31. Food Quality Protection Act

    [Christina D. DiFonzo]

    32. Food: Cosmetic Standards

    [David Pimentel and Kelsey Hart]

    33. Laws and Regulations: Food

    [Ike Jeon]

    34. Laws and Regulations: Pesticides

    [Praful Suchak]

    35. Laws and Regulations: Rotterdam Convention

    [Barbara Dinham]

    36. Laws and Regulations: Soil

    [Ian Hannam and Ben Boer]

    37. LEED-EB: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings

    [Rusty T. Hodapp]

    38. LEED-NC: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction

    [Stephen A. Roosa]

    39. Nanomaterials: Regulation and Risk Assessment

    [Steffen Foss Hansen, Khara D. Grieger, and Anders Baun]

    Section VI: ENT: Environmental Management Using Environmental Technologies

    40. Industrial Waste: Soil Pollution and Remediation

    [W. Friesl-Hanl, M.H. Gerzabek, W.W. Wenzel, and W.E.H. Blum]

    41. Pest Management: Crop Diversity

    [Maria R. Finckh and Jan Henrik Schmidt]

    42. Pest Management: Intercropping

    [Maria R. Finckh]

    43. Precision Agriculture: Water and Nutrient Management

    [Robert J. Lascano, Timothy S. Goebel, and J.D. Booker]

    Section VII: PRO: Basic Environmental Processes

    44. Green Processes and Projects: Systems Analysis

    [Abhishek Tiwary]

    45. Green Products: Production

    [Puangrat Kajitvichyanukul, Jirapat Ananpattarachai, and Apichon Watcharenwong]


    Brian D. Fath is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University (Maryland, USA) and a Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria). He has published over 180 research papers, reports, and book chapters on environmental systems modeling, specifically in the areas of network analysis, urban metabolism, and sustainability. He has co-authored the books A New Ecology: Systems Perspective (2020), Foundations for Sustainability: A Coherent Framework of Life–Environment Relations (2019), and Flourishing within Limits to Growth: Following Nature’s Way (2015). He is also Editor-in-Chief for the journal Ecological Modelling and Co-Editor-in-Chief for Current Research in Environmental Sustainability. Dr. Fath was the 2016 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for outstanding work in systems ecology and twice a Fulbright Distinguished Chair (Parthenope University, Naples, Italy, in 2012 and Masaryk University, Czech Republic, in 2019). In addition, he has served as Secretary General of the International Society for Ecological Modelling, Co-Chair of the Ecosystem Dynamics Focus Research Group in the Community Surface Modeling Dynamics System, and member and past Chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Environmental Quality.

    Sven E. Jørgensen (1934–2016) was a Professor of Environmental Chemistry at Copenhagen University. He earned a doctorate of engineering in environmental technology and a doctorate of science in ecological modeling. He was an honorable doctor of science at Coimbra University (Portugal) and at Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). He was Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Modelling from the journal’s inception in 1975 until 2009. He was Editor-in-Chief for the Encyclopedia of Environmental Management (2013) and Encyclopedia of Ecology (2008). In 2004, Dr. Jorgensen was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize and the Prigogine Medal. He was awarded the Einstein Professorship by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. In 2007, he received the Pascal Medal and was elected a member of the European Academy of Sciences. He published over 350 papers and has edited or written over 70 books. Dr. Jorgensen gave popular and well-received lectures and courses in ecological modeling, ecosystem theory, and ecological engineering worldwide.