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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (20 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041584018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415840187
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Achieving sustainability is the single most important challenge facing humanity, and yet few people realize it. If every student read this text the chances of civilization averting a collapse would be substantially improved.

–Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University, USA

This book provides much needed and relevant information on the theory and practice of sustainability. It is comprehensive and useful with practical applications in a wide range of human endeavors. It broadens our understanding of sustainability beyond minimizing adverse environmental impacts, including as well how to create more satisfying and productive lives through a more affirmative relationship to the natural world.

–Stephen R. Kellert, Yale University, USA

Everyone thinks they know what sustainability is, but few people truly understand it--and fewer still can explain it well. Robertson cuts through the greenwash and the clichés with a top-notch exploration of the topic in all its complexities. It's an enjoyable read that's both thoroughly grounded in science and steeped in wonder at our fascinating, fragile planet.

–Daniel Lerch, Post Carbon Institute, USA

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the state of our earth systems and what we can do to positively impact change. The book can be used for both undergraduate and graduate education, and across a variety of disciplines. I learned something new at every turn of the page.

–Kevin Dooley, Arizona State University, USA

Margaret Robertson has produced the closest thing yet to a comprehensive textbook on what is a crucial subject. The book provides a grounding in the key challenges while also communicating the potential solutions in a clear and positive fashion. It is equipped to become an essential go-to text for both students of sustainability and those working in the field.

–James Evans, The University of Manchester, UK

This book grabbed my attention and kept me engaged. The focus on creating solutions is refreshing. This publication will enhance and deepen the work of any general reader, student or faculty member working to bring sustainability into the curricula.

–Debra Rowe, Oakland Community College, USA

The great strength of Robertson’s book is its breadth of coverage. From marketing to life cycle costing to the latest science on climate change, Sustainability Principles and Practice serves as a welcoming guide into the often jargon-laden field of sustainability.

–Jay Antle, Johnson County Community College, USA

This book is a solid and well-crafted introduction to the field, conveying both the substance and the heart of sustainability work with style and grace. It will help students and other new entrants to the field get oriented to the special interdisciplinary challenges of sustainability, and to its core mission: helping us learn to be better caretakers of our planetary future.

–Alan AtKisson, President & CEO AtKisson Inc., USA & AtKisson Europe AB, Sweden
President, ISIS Academy GmbH, Germany
Member, President's Science and Technology Advisory Council (PSTAC), European Commission

This is an important book. Robertson has a keen sense of the situation and an even keener sense of alternatives and means to achieve them. The author gives it to you the way it is and then provides some important pointers to resilient futures. This book contains both a diagnosis and a treatment. Read it.

–Simon Bell, Open University, UK

An organized, engaging, and even inspiring collection of ideas that―if internalized and used to inform policies―would enable societies to thrive within a healthy environment. I wish this book had been available when I was first learning about social and environmental systems.

–Robert Dietz, Editor, The Daly News, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy

A comprehensive and practical map of the evolving field of sustainability. This well-organized and thoroughly researched textbook provides both students and educators with a useful guide to the essential sustainability topics. Robertson delivers an important work that will help to define the knowledge base in the sustainability field.

–Andrés R. EdwardsFounder, EduTracks, USA

Author of The Sustainability Revolution and Thriving Beyond Sustainability

Robertson places sustainability in the connectedness between human culture and the living world. She links technical knowledge with tools for developing positive solutions and putting them into effect, including working collaboratively in organizations with other people.

–Bruce K. Ferguson, University of Georgia, USA

Robertson has distilled the essential background information that students, our rising decision-makers, need so that they can follow her clearly defined roadmap to a sustainable future for the planet.

–Lee Kump,Pennsylvania State University, USA

Sustainability Principles and Practice covers a broad range of topics, principles and concepts –at several scales from energy, water, pollution, ecosystems, food, and cities – to a charge to future ‘agents for change’ at policy, institutional, and personal, experiential levels. A must-have book to refresh your knowledge and to make a better world.

–Alison Kwok, University of Oregon, USA

From now on when someone asks me what is sustainability, I will tell them to read Margaret Robertson's book, Sustainability Principles and Practices, which presents clearly and thoroughly the multi-faceted concept of sustainability in a very readable form.

–Norbert Lechner, Auburn University, USA

Everyone thinks they know what sustainability is, but few people truly understand it--and fewer still can explain it well. Robertson cuts through the greenwash and the clichés with a top-notch exploration of the topic in all its complexities. It's an enjoyable read that's both thoroughly grounded in science and steeped in wonder at our fascinating, fragile planet.

–Daniel Lerch, Post Carbon Institute, USA

Robertson’s incisive analysis is both global and specific, comprehensive and inclusive. There is careful blending of facts and values, what is and what ought to be. You will find yourself engaged. I guarantee it.

–Holmes Rolston, III,Colorado State University, USA

This book masterfully integrates human and natural systems and the relationships between them into a grand and detailed picture of the world we live in. It provides a highly accessible introduction to sustainability suitable for anyone who cares about where we are going as a species, translating this knowledge into practical action.

–Arran Stibbe, University of Gloucestershire, UK

This is a comprehensive, useful account of what sustainability is all about and what is needed for building it. It describes the many facets that collectively determine the degree to which a system, at any scale, is sustainable, and explains how they interact. It is a valuable guide and reference for anyone wishing to get involved in the practice of sustainability.

Brian Walker,CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Australia

–Author of Resilience Thinking

Sustainability champions practice systems thinking, connecting the dots between green buildings, sustainable cities, corporate CSR, and all the global sustainability megaforces besieging us. This book is their indispensable primer and wonderfully practical handbook to ensure they are effective change agents. It is a coherent encyclopedia of sustainability issues, with answers.

–Bob Willard, Sustainability Advantage, Canada

Until now it has been challenging to find a textbook suitable for introductory classes on sustainability. Using a systems approach, Professor Robertson presents a comprehensive treatment of sustainability fundamentals, organized in a logical and very understandable manner. It also makes clear the integrative nature of the sustainability paradigm, and the challenges it presents to modern societies.

–Tom Theis, Director, Institute for Environmental Science & Policy University of Illinois, USA

While covering a broad and diverse range of topics, principles and concepts, the author – Margaret Robertson who coordinates the Sustainability Coordinator Degree Program at Lane Community College at Eugene, Oregon – succeeds in distilling the essentials that students and an increasing number of professionally and otherwise interested readers need to know about sustainable development.

– Luc Hens, Environment, Development and Sustainability

About the Author

Margaret Robertson, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), is coordinator of the Sustainability Coordinator degree program at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, USA, and a Sustainability Fellow in the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium.


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This book truly gives a comprehensive overview of sustainability issues. It begins with a couple of chapters which explain the earth as a system and what contributes to its long-term sustainability as a system. The remainder of the book is a survey of the various issues surrounding human interaction with the environment - waste, energy, products, cities, ecosystems, water etc etc. Each chapter outlines the major problems related to a the issue in question and the solutions currently being tried or experimented with. The explanations are clear and succinct and the writing is therefore generally very easy to understand, even for the non-expert. I bought the book as preparatory reading to teach a grade 10 on sustainability and could not have made a better choice. I found the book highly informative and an enjoyable read.
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Delivery was very quick. The book is full of great information that helped me on my university courses. There isn't a lot of pictures but it is very clearly explained.
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A really good book that puts "sustainability" into action.
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HASH(0x8983b7e0) out of 5 stars Excellent primer on sustainability 7 May 2014
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This is an excellent book on sustainability. It is very comprehensive, incredibly well informed, thoroughly researched, well written, easy to understand and to the point. It is astonishing how much information the author has managed to pack in 370 pages in such a nice and understandable way. I would say it is the best primer on sustainability out there right now.

There are a few minor forgivable glitches, like allusions to poor and underdeveloped "countries in the southern Hemisphere", despite the southern Hemisphere is actually half of the planet with many different countries (not all of them poor), problems and regulations. Also, places in the US are referred to as "city, state", but places outside the US are just given as the country, as in "hot places such as Egypt or Phoenix, Arizona" (pag 185), which could be changed to a more egalitarian and international format such as "place, country". Of course these minor issues do not diminish the value and importance of this great book but perhaps are worth a thought for the second edition.
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HASH(0x8983b834) out of 5 stars I find it very useful. 30 Oct. 2014
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This is a very well written clearly thought out book. I find it very useful.
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HASH(0x8983bb10) out of 5 stars Great text for college level courses 3 Feb. 2016
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I teach sustainability at PSU, reviewed this text last fall and was impressed by the detail, conciseness, and up-to-date information provide. I use it now in my courses and students remark that this is a book they'll actually keep.

I highly recommend this text.
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HASH(0x8983e054) out of 5 stars ... this as a text in a sustainability class - Excellent coverage of all the important 6 May 2015
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Using this as a text in a sustainability class - Excellent coverage of all the important issues
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Excellent book... easy to read and to the point. I have learned significantly about the topic of sustainability.
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