1st Edition

Sustainability in Transition Principles for Developing Solutions

By Travis Gliedt, Kelli Larson Copyright 2018
    336 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 55 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sustainability in Transition: Principles for Developing Solutions offers the first in-depth education-focused treatment of how to address sustainability in a comprehensive manner. The textbook is structured as a learning-centered approach to walk students through the process of linking sustainable behavior and decision-making to green innovation systems and triple-bottom-line economic development practices, in order to achieve sustainable change in incremental to transformational ways.

    All chapters combine theory and practice with the help of global case study and research study examples to illustrate barriers and best practices. Each chapter begins with learning objectives and ends with a 'check on learning' section that ties the main points back to the core themes of the book. Chapters include a section focused on measuring progress and a box comparing international research or case studies to the North American focus of the chapter. A list of additional academic sources for students that complement each chapter is included.

    Building sustainability tools, techniques, and competencies cumulatively with the help of problem- and project-based learning modules, Sustainability in Transition: Principles for Developing Solutions is a comprehensive resource for learning sustainability theory and doing sustainability practice. It will be essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate level students who have already completed introductory sustainability classes.

    1. Strong sustainability principles and competencies 2. Sustainable behavior and practices 3. Organizations as agents of sustainability 4. Green innovation systems 5. Triple-bottom-line economic development 6. Intermediaries for sustainability transitions 7. Sustainability-oriented socio-technical systems in relation to transition theory 8. Practice of sustainability-oriented socio-technical system transitions 9. Sustainability in transition: bottlenecks and seedbeds 10. Developing sustainability systems 11. Conclusion


    Travis Gliedt is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma, USA.

    Kelli Larson is an Associate Professor in the School of Sustainability and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, USA.

    "Sustainability in Transition offers a comprehensive and thorough examination of how multi-level sustainability transitions work, why they are so difficult to achieve, and what skills and strategies are needed to advance sustainable solutions. Clearly written – while not sacrificing sophistication for simplicity - this book will be accessible to a broad range of readers. The discussion of sustainability competencies - combined with the clearly articulated learning objectives and "checks on learning"- will be helpful pedagogical resources for instructors at all levels. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in developing a deep and nuanced understanding of sustainability or seeking to become an effective sustainability champion."Jennifer H. Allen, Associate Professor, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Senior Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University