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Linking Industry and Ecology

A Question of Design

The contributors to this volume draw on their experience in a variety of disciplines to explore the origins, promise, and relevance of the emerging field of industrial ecology. They situate industrial ecology within the broader range of environmental management strategies and concepts, from the practices of pollution prevention through life cycle management, to the more fundamental shift toward dematerialization and ecological design. Their work not only affirms what has been learned to date in this nascent field but also provides new insight by demonstrating that technologies are socially and politically embedded. This book makes a compelling argument for the need to think ecologically to develop innovative and competitive industrial policy.

288 pages


Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

1 Linking Industry and Ecology in Canada: A Question of Design / Ann Dale

Part 2: Design and Ecology

2 Industrial Ecology as Ecological Design: Opportunities for Re(dis)covery / Nina-Marie Lister

3 Redesign as Deep Industrial Ecology: Lessons from Ecological Agriculture and Social Ecology / Stuart B. Hill

4 Industry in the City: From Industrial Ghettos to Eco-Parks / Jill Grant

5 Reworking Canadian Landscape and Urban Form through Responsive Urban Design: Healthy Housing and Other Lessons / Nik Luka

Part 3: Industrial Ecology and Environmental and Business Management

6 Cleaner Production and Eco-Efficiency: Charting a Course for Sustainability / Nonita T. Yap

7 From Clusters and Networks to Islands of Sustainability / Raymond P. Côté and Heinz Peter Wallner

8 From Advanced Eco-Efficiency to Systemic Sustainability: What Leading Companies Are Doing and What Assistance and Pressure They Need from Governments and Other Players / Robert B. Gibson and Steven W. Peck

9 Mining, Minerals, and Sustainability / R. Anthony Hodge

10 Between Beckett’s Trousers and Ecotopia: The Future of Industrial Ecology / James Tansey

Part 4: Learning from Experience

11 Applied Industrial Ecology: Blue Box Recycling Lessons Learned and Implications for Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Strategy / R.A. Flemington

12 Clustering for Sustainability: The Alberta Experience / Sumita Fons and Rebekah Young

13 From Waste Management to Industrial Ecology / Jonah Spi

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