Sustainability at Palgrave Macmillan

Co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability, Robert Brinkmann, discusses instances in which businesses, institutions and local governments have embraced sustainability.

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"Sustainability can be a tricky field to try to define. This is, in part, because the term has become commodified by organizations trying to brand their work as green or earth-friendly. However, sustainability is simply defined as an effort to try to reduce the impact of human activity on the planet. Since its inception, the term has focused on not only environmental impacts, but social and economic ones as well. While much of the work in sustainability derives from earlier ideas that centered largely on traditional environmentalism, the field is greatly informed by economics and social justice. There is some benign tension between those who focus on sustainability in the developed world and those that work in the developing world where sustainability issues are more existential…"

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