Miami University in Oxford, Ohio offers a course entitled "Sustainability Perspectives," based on this text. The course was awarded "The Instructional Innovation Award" at the 1996 annual meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, an association of Decision Science professionals headquartered at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

    The 1990's have seen the development of important new approaches to sustaining corporate development and protecting the environment. Corporations are beginning to realize their responsibilities for a healthy environment. Sustainable development is viewed as an integrated, ecological, economic, and social system in which both economic growth and quality-of-life improvements can occur in a unified system complementary to the maintenance of natural capital. Sustainability Perspectives for Resources and Businesses shows the reader that a sound understanding of the concepts involved in sustainable development is beneficial to businesses, natural resources, and the population in general.
    This textbook was written to help students and professionals involved in business, science, or engineering to understand the changes occurring in the workplace. It serves as a step toward understanding how business and science, as professional communities, are adapting to new information about risks to the environment. Various chapters are devoted to resources, values, and valuation systems. Each section develops principles such as resilience and integrity in the economy and the environment.

    The Context of Sustainability
  • Foundation in Ecology and Economics
    Carrying Capacity and Sustainability
    Social and Economic Views of Sustainability and Sustainable Development
    Economic Growth and the Environment
    Growth and the Environment: A Contrary View
    Aggregated Determinants of Environmental Trends
    Global Welfare Curve
  • A Unified Approach to Sustainability
    Hierarchical Conceptualization of Sustainability
    Three Sustainability Principles from Systems Thinking
    Sustainability Principle One
    Sustainability Principle Two
    Sustainability Principle Three
  • Values and Process Principles
  • Conclusion
  • Endnotes
    Natural Science Foundations of Sustainability
    Health and Integrity of Ecosystems and Economics
    System Properties and the Measurements of "Integrity"
    Sustainability Principle Four
  • Natural Capital and Its Conversion to Human Use
    Naive Uses of Resources
    Liquidation of Natural Assets for Financial Gain
    The Sustainable Development Paradigm: Open Systems and Closed Loops
    * Pollution Threats to Sustainability
    Sustainability Principle Five
    Naive Disposal of Waste
    Sustainable Waste Disposal and Development
    Ecologically Persistent Chemicals
    Air, Water, and Bioadversity as Common Property Assets
    Public-Private Partnerships as a Paradigm for Sustainability
  • Endnotes
    Sustainability and Economic Well-Being
  • The Economic Approach to Sustainability
    The Economic Way of Thinking
    Allocation Function
    Distribution Function
    Stabilization Finction, Economic Growth, and Issues of Scale
    Sustainability Principle Six
  • Measuring Aggregate Economic Well-Being
    Sustainability Principle Seven
  • Toward Improved Measurement of Economic Well-Being
  • Conclusion
  • Endnotes
    Natural Resource Conflicts and Sustainability
    Sustainability Principle Eight
    Sustainability Principle Nine
  • Forest Resources
    Forest Status: The Problem
    Local and National Outcomes
    Solutions: Steps Towards Sustainability
  • Fisheries
    The Problem
    Social Consequences
    How to Achieve "Sustainable Development"
  • Sustaining Fresh Water
    Use and Abuse of Water Resources
    Implementing Sustainable Water Management
  • Air Resources
    The Air Problem
    Approaches for Solving Air Problems
    Environmental Ethics and Corporate Decision Making for Sustainable Performance
  • Importance of Ethics
    Sustainability Principle 10
  • Steps in Corporate Responses to Environmental and Ethical Issues
  • Sustainable Development: The Nexus of Environment, Economy, and Equity
  • Comparing Values from Three Worldviews
    Sustainability Principle Eleven
    Anthropcentrism, the Dominant Social Worldview
    Deep Ecology as a Worldview
    Sustainable Development, and Emerging Worldview
  • Integrity of Natural Systems: A Global Ethic for the Environment and Business
  • The Need for Dialogue
    Sustainability Principle Twelve
  • Valuation and Reporting
    Different Meanings of Value
    Valuation Methods
    Direct Methods
    Indirect Methods
    Some Comparisons Among the Indirect Methods
    Sustainability Principle Ten
    Public Policy and Valuation Methods
  • Accounting and Reporting
    Accounting Information Systems
    Internal Aspects of Financial Reporting
    Environmental Audit and Compliance Measures
    Activity Based Costing
  • External Reporting on the Environment
    Sustainability Principle Thirteen
    Risk Assessment
    Taxes and Environmental Reporting
  • Conclusion
  • Endnotes
  • Appendix I - Rubenstein's Environmental Trust Accounting
    Sustainability and Business Management Systems
  • Environmental Externalities and Government Regulation
    Legal Remedies
    Market-Based Incentives
    * Government Regulation and Business Self-Regulation of Environmental Externalities
    The Paradigm of Self-Regulation: Values and Value-Based Management
    Environmental Management Systems and a Natural Resource-Based View of the Firm
  • Continuous Improvement Systems in Business
    Total Quality Environmental Management
    The History of Total Quality Management
    TQM in Environmental Management
    Examples of TQEM and Environmental Management Systems in Business
    The Council of Great Lakes Industries and TQEM
    Responsible Care and the Chemical Manufacturers Association
    The CERES Principles
    ISO 14000 International Environmental Standards
    Characteristics of Self-Regulating Approaches
  • Conclusion
    Making Business Decisions about the Environment: Integrating Scope and Values
  • Introduction
    * Decision Option Analysis: Scoping the Steps to Sustainability
  • Scale and Globalization of Commerce
    Sustainability Principle Fourteen
  • The Social Context of Sustainability Revisited
    Trust and Consensus: Elements of Choosing
    Sustainability as the Design of Win-Win Outcomes
    The Safe Minimum Standard: Making All the Parts Work Better
  • Conclusion
  • Biography

    Orie L. Loucks, O. Homer Erekson, John F. Bol, Raymond F. Gorman, Pamela C Johnson, Timothy C. Krehbiel

    "...The book bridges the gap between ecology/environmental science and economy. A blueprint for making good environmental and business decisions in the 21st century...describes how many issues can be resolved as win/win with a longer term perspective, dialogue, and education of all the stakeholders..."-Graham Mitchell, Director of the Ohio EPA