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Linking Industry and Ecology
A Question of Design
Ray Côté   James Tansey   Ann Dale  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 12/5/2005
ISBN: 9780774812139    

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2006
ISBN: 9780774812146    

288 Pages

Sustainability and the Environment series


About the Book

It might, at first glance, seem to many that industry and ecology make strange bedfellows. For proponents of sustainable development, however, such a union is crucial. How else are we to make the industries that are so central to modern societies consistent with our visions of a sustainable future?

Linking Industry and Ecology explores the origins, promise, and relevance of the emerging field of industrial ecology. It situates 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. The book makes a compelling argument for the need to think ecologically to develop innovative and competitive industrial policy.

The contributors to this volume draw on their experience in a variety of disciplines to chart a clear path for industrial ecology. Their work not only affirms what has been learned to date in this nascent field but also provides new insight for a discourse traditionally dominated by natural scientists and engineers, by demonstrating that technologies are socially and politically embedded.

This book will be of interest to educators and students in environmental studies, business management, environmental and industrial engineering, and environmental planning. While many of the examples are drawn from Canada, it will also appeal to readers interested in fostering ecologically sustainable industrial and community development in other industrializing and industrialized nations.

About the Author(s)

Ray Côté is Professor of Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University.

James Tansey is James Martin Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Ann Dale is Professor in the Science, Technology, and Environment Division at Royal Roads University. She is a Trudeau Fellow and holds a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development.

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables / ix

Part 1: Introduction

1 Linking Industry and Ecology in Canada: A Question of Design / 3
Ann Dale

Part 2: Design and Ecology

2 Industrial Ecology as Ecological Design: Opportunities for Re(dis)covery / 15
Nina-Marie Lister

3 Redesign as Deep Industrial Ecology: Lessons from Ecological Agriculture and Social Ecology / 29
Stuart B. Hill

4 Industry in the City: From Industrial Ghettos to Eco-Parks / 50
Jill Grant

5 Reworking Canadian Landscape and Urban Form through Responsive Urban Design: Healthy Housing and Other Lessons / 67
Nik Luka

Part 3: Industrial Ecology and Environmental and Business Management

6 Cleaner Production and Eco-Efficiency: Charting a Course for Sustainability / 97
Nonita T. Yap

7 From Clusters and Networks to Islands of Sustainability / 114
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 / 134
Robert B. Gibson and Steven W. Peck

9 Mining, Minerals, and Sustainability / 151
R. Anthony Hodge

10 Between Beckett’s Trousers and Ecotopia: The Future of Industrial Ecology / 176
James Tansey

Part 4: Learning from Experience

11 Applied Industrial Ecology: Blue Box Recycling Lessons Learned and Implications for Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Strategy / 195
R.A. Flemington

12 Clustering for Sustainability: The Alberta Experience / 209
Sumita Fons and Rebekah Young

13 From Waste Management to Industrial Ecology / 225
Jonah Spiegelman

Part 5: Conclusions

14 Opportunity or Illusion: The Vexed Promise of Industrial Ecology / 245
John Robinson and Asoka Mendis

Contributors / 265

Index / 269


This book is a must for students, environmental scientists, engineers, planners, industrial designers and policy makers. It is compulsory reading for all of us who participate in the sustainable development discussion.
—Luc Hens, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, March 2007

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