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Metaphors for Change
Partnerships, Tools and Civic Action for Sustainability

ISBN 9781874719373
Published October 8, 2001 by Routledge
326 Pages

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Book Description

How can we get from where we are to where we want to be? Metaphors for Change attempts to answer this question and provide a roadmap for sustainability by bringing together the thoughts of a unique collection of leading change agents from business, government and academia. 

Environmental questions have previously been dealt with metaphorically, by catastrophism or manicheism (zero growth; Malthusianism, Deep Ecology; "man is the enemy"; less is more). These metaphors have had limited impact because they have failed to connect with the mainstream of cultural, political, and business ideas. This book examines a number of new metaphors – and related partnerships, tools and action – which appear to have greater possibilities for the world in which we now live. 

The editors argue that Metaphors for Change can deliver to the public and to decision-makers new perceptions ("structured knowledge") that can help interpret the past and the present, and help us forge the future. The wider the gap between the "now" and the "necessary", the stronger the bridging perceptions have to be in order to break through barriers of fear and conservatism. Some of the concepts considered are: sustainable development; the polluter pays principle; the precautionary principle; eco-efficiency; eco-effectiveness; life-cycle assessment; design for the environment; eco-services; dematerialization; industrial symbiosis; industrial ecology; and zero emissions. There are of course other useful metaphors on the horizon, some of them included in this book. 

Including key contributions from the ground-breaking conferences ECO 97 and ECO 99, along with other specially commissioned and reprinted pieces, Metaphors for Change provides a treasure chest of new ideas, innovations and action. Accessible and forward-thinking, it will prove indispensable both as a student learning tool and as a panoramic overview of the sustainability metaphors key thinkers believe we should be putting into practice.

Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Metaphors for changeSustainable developmentSustainable growth: DuPont's goal for the 21st centuryChad HollidayLife-cycle thinking: A new metaphor and a new paradigmLife-Cycle thinking: What is it?Helene TeulonEco-efficiencyMeeting needs, consuming resourcesDavid GeeThe chemicals industry: The challenge of eco-efficiencyDavid BuzzelliThe electronics sector: Management of chemicals in the microelectronics environmentKyehwan OhWaste free: Remanufacturing Xerox: Environmental leadership programJack AzarHarmonious co-existence: Environmental management of Canon groupYusuke EmuraEco-effectivenessThe next industrial revolutionWilliam McDonough and Michael Braungart From products to servicesLeapfrog: Short-term strategies for sustainabilityEzio ManziniFrom end-of-pipe to integrationRemarks by Klaus Töpfer, 1997, 1999Zero emissionsZero-emissions: An environmental engineering firm's challengeHiroyuki FujimuraZero emissions in constructionZero-emissions: Clustering of industries (industrial ecology in practice)Michio KimuraIndustrial symbiosisRemarks Erling PedersenIndustrial ecologyIs industrial ecology a new science?Brad AllenbyIndustrial ecology in FranceIndustrial ecology in practice: The French caseOdile LeCannMonitoring what mattersSome developments with indicators: total material requirementEuropean Environment AgencyEnvironmental diplomacyThe rise of the "Bio-Diplomat"Bettina LavilleEnvironmental diplomacy in the US Environment and security US Ambassador Mark G. Hambley   Part II: Partnerships for change  Partnerships within industry The Keidanren appeal on environment Yoshifumi Tsuji  Partnerships between government and business in Japan Japan's environmental policies Katsuo Seiki  Partnerships between government and business in Argentina The Campana-Zarate Environmental Care Agreement in Argentina Lawrence J. Speer   Part III: Tools for change  Governmental policy tools An overview of tools and strategies for environmental management Bill Long  From command and control to governance: Whatever works based on a presentation by Arthur H. Rosenfeld  Governance (creating the conditions for change)Project XL: Good for the environment, good for business, good for communities Lisa C. Lund  Eco-taxesTaxes earmarked for environmental protection: The French experience Jacques Vernier  Management tools Strategic environmental management. Environmental policy of businesses: Evolution and future vision François Demarcq and Valerie Martin  A new playing field? Ira Feldman  Environmental management in the global economy David Monsma  Design tools Eco-conception: Driver of environmental management and competitiveness Pierre Radanne  Design for environmentBeyond life-cycle assessment: An integrative approach to design for environment Remi Coulon, Pascale Jean, and Helene Lelievre  Analytical tools Product development. Integrating environment considerations into products and processes Dr Todd Werpy and Ken Humphreys  The value of communicating your environmental policy to Wall Street John Cusack  Making an investment in your future Tessa Tennant  Public–private leveraging: RemarksLouis Boorstin  Environmental reporting: A brief history Remarks by Lorraine Ruffing  Technology tools Trends in environmental issues and the Toyota Action Plan Satoshi Matsuura  Innovation born of necessity: Environmentally friendly diesel from natural gas George Couvaras  The market for environmental (Ozone-Depleting-Substance-Free) products in developing countries under the Montreal Protocol Frank Pinto   Part IV: Civic actions for change  Party politics Ways out of the growth trap Ralf Fücks  The German greens and the end of ideology Ralf Fücks  Community-based currency and exchange The short-circuit approach Richard Douthwaite  The media Media/environment Todd Gitlin  Environmental activism A daring partnership pays off: Activists help teach Dow Chemical to cut pollution–and costs Barnaby J. Feder  Green-alliances: Environmental groups as strategic bridges to other stakeholders Cathy L. Hartman, Edwin R. Stafford and Michael Jay Polonsky  Employee participation: An important resource in environmental development Ole Busck  ScorecardEnvironmental defense  Car Sharing CityCarClub/Car-Sharing: Experience of a Municipality with an Innovative Mobility Scheme as a Strategic Move towards Sustainable Development Michael Glotz-Richter  Symbolic Acts Peugeot Creates the First Large Carbon Sink: Ten Million Trees in the Battle against Global Warming   Bibliography

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This book is designed to provide "a treasure chest of new ideas, innovations and action", which it does admirably ... what you are getting here is an impressive range of small tastes of a variety of different concepts. Very stimulating particularly if it encourages students and researchers to continue on to read these authors' other writings. - Social and Environmental Accounting

... opens up new perceptions and presents a comprehensive overview on environmental management concepts as well as implementation tools and partnerships. - ICLEI European Circular