1st Edition

Metaphors for Change Partnerships, Tools and Civic Action for Sustainability

Edited By Penny Allen, Christophe Bonazzi, David Gee Copyright 1999

    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.

    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 T pfer, 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-DiplomatBettina 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 fo


    Penny Allen, Christophe Bonazzi, David Gee

    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