Table of contents for Sustainability assessment : making the world better, one undertaking at a time / Robert B. Gibson ; with Selma Hassan ... [et al.].

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Contents
List of Tables, Figures and Boxes	4
Tables	4
Figures	4
Boxes	4
Matchmaking	5
Something old, something new	5
A Suitable Partner	7
Drafting the Terms of Union	9
Acknowledgements and thanks	11
1 Beginnings	12
Stumbling towards sustainability assessment	12
Beginning in Labrador	12
On Voisey's Bay	13
Homelands	15
A landmark assessment	18
Building a bridge	21
Making a difference	24
Specifying the higher test	26
Notes	27
2 Assessment	29
Thirty-some years of environmental assessment	29
Growing up in a difficult world	29
Basic and more advanced approaches	31
Origins	34
Resistance, adoption and proliferation	38
Development stages and growth trends	39
Ends	43
Means	45
Maturing assessment and emerging sustainability	60
Notes	61
3 Sustainability	62
The essentials of the concept	62
A necessary and difficult idea	62
Old sustainability	64
Groundwork for a new sustainability	66
Progress	66
Development and growth	68
The second coming of sustainability	74
Debating the concept	81
The essentials	94
Initial implications for assessment regimes	98
Notes	100
4 Practice	103
Sustainability in illustrative initiatives	103
Theory and practice	103
Stories	104
Sustainable livelihoods in Madhya Pradesh1	104
Traditional knowledge in Lutsel K'e2	107
Growth management in Greater Victoria4	110
A Biosphere Reserve for the Rhön6	114
The global mining industry and the Tahltan mining strategy	119
Lessons from the stories	125
Notes	132
5 Criteria	133
Sustainability requirements as the basis for decision making	133
The need for decision criteria	133
Carefully chosen, openly debated criteria	135
Difficulties and caveats	136
Beyond the Voisey's Bay test	138
Beyond the pillars	141
Requirements for progress towards sustainability	143
Characteristics, strengths and limitations of the requirements as decision criteria	175
Notes	178
6 Trade-offs	181
Facing conflict and compromise	181
Pursuing sustainability in a messy world	181
Unavoidable trade-offs	183
Trade offs of substance and process	186
Substantive trade-offs (trade-offs among the options)	187
Assessment process trade-offs	191
Trade-off rules	193
Six basic rules	194
Beyond the rules	205
Notes	207
7 Processes	208
Designing sustainability assessment regimes	208
How versus what	208
Basic process principles	211
Components of a sustainability assessment law	214
Purposes	215
Decision criteria	217
Application rules	219
Hierarchies and tiers	221
Streams	223
Scope	225
Participation	226
Evaluations	228
Approvals and authority	230
Administration	231
Linkages beyond assessment	232
Efficiencies	234
Transitions	236
Notes	239
8 Decisions	240
Applying sustainability-based criteria in significance determinations and other common assessment judgments	240
Decisions and significance	240
Significance in context	241
Significance and sustainability	244
Applying sustainability-based criteria in significance judgments	245
Significance and sustainability in decisions on process application	246
Significance and sustainability in effects evaluation	249
Significance and sustainability in decisions on proposals and approvals	252
The particular problem of trade-offs	255
Significance of effort	259
9 Continuations	261
The way ahead	261
Proliferation	261
The fundamentals and the variations	263
Building sustainability assessment	265
Getting there	268
References	273
Appendix one	312
Selected conceptions of sustainability	312
Appendix two	326
Selected sustainability assessment approaches, criteria and processes	326
Appendix three	348
The basic sustainability assessment decision criteria	348
Appendix four	350
The basic sustainability assessment trade-off rules	350
Appendix five	353
The basic design components for formal sustainability assessment processes	353
Decision criteria	354
Application rules	354
Hierarchies and tiers	355
Streams	355
Scope	356
Participation	357
Evaluations	357
Approvals and authority	358
Administration	358
Linkages beyond assessment	359
Efficiencies	359
Appendix six	361
Assessment process decisions that should involve sustainability-based evaluation	361

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Sustainable development.