The pursuit of sustainability requires more and better knowledge, but it is how knowledge is used that matters most. It is part of knowledge that social-environmental systems are influenced by interacting production and consumption processes. Understanding the dynamics of systems and how they can be influenced remains a key challenge. How can existing governance processes be reshaped so that they are more conductive to achieving social wellbeing? How can knowledge be linked with action?
Spotlights on the book ‘Pursuing Sustainability’ (Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson; Princeton University Press, 2016):
Read main elements here (pdf)
Dr. Nele Schmitz, nele.schmitz(at)scensers.org
Cooperatives for renewable energy are examples of proactive citizen initiatives aiming for implementation of alternative energy supply models. Main success factors can be identified:
Renewable energy cooperatives (pdf)
(Beggio, Giovanni; Kusch, Sigrid: Renewable energy cooperatives: main features and success factors in collectively implementing energy transition. Proceedings “Quaesti – The 3rd Virtual Multidisciplinary Conference”, 2015, pp.233-237)
Contact: Giovanni Beggio, M.Sc., giovanni.beggio(at)scensers.org
The brief “Industrial symbiosis: powerful mechanisms for sustainable use of environmental resources” was submitted by Sigrid Kusch to the UN Global Sustainable Development Report 2015. All briefs are open for rating and discussion until 31 March 2015. Some of the topics will be featured in the relevant chapters of the 2015 GSDR report. This provides a good opportunity to bring selected topics forward.
Link to the platform with all briefs: https://gsdr2015.wordpress.com/
Direct link to the brief “Industrial symbiosis”: https://gsdr2015.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/industrial-symbiosis-powerful-mechanisms-for-sustainable-use-of-environmental-resources/
Update 28 June 2015:
The GSDR Report 2015, Advance Unedited Version, is available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: