Sustainable Production
272 pages, 6 x 9
15 b&w illustrations, 2 tables
Release Date:01 Jan 2007
Release Date:15 May 2006

Sustainable Production

Building Canadian Capacity

Edited by Glen Toner
UBC Press

The issues associated with sustainable production are among the most important facing the world in the early 21st century. While most of the scholarship in this area has been produced in the United States and Europe, not much has been written from a Canadian perspective. Sustainable Production establishes a Canadian presence in the sustainable production debate by analyzing the opportunities and constraints facing both the public and private sectors as Canada strives to move public policy and industrial practice forward.

Sustainable production focuses on the systems by which industrial economies produce goods and services and the ways in which investment and production decisions are influenced by public policy. One goal of sustainable production is to dematerialize production – minimizing energy and material extraction and throughput per unit of economic output. In its broader sense, sustainable production should simultaneously improve environmental quality and social well-being. Sustainable production envisions an industrial system that would maximize resource efficiency, minimize environmental impacts, and replenish natural capital, while providing safe and satisfying employment opportunities.

Sustainable Production will be of interest to scholars and students in business, public policy, and engineering, to policy makers, and to practitioners in firms and industry associations.

Glen Toner is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University and a founding member of the Carleton Research Unit in Innovation, Science and Environment. He is also a member of the panel of advisors to the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development.



1. New Century Ideas and Sustainable Production / Glen Toner and David V.J. Bell


Part 1: Sustainable Production and Its Context

2. From Eco-Efficiency to Eco-Effectiveness: Private Sector Practices for Sustainable Production / Bob Masterson

3. Policy Instruments and Sustainable Production: Toward Foresight without Foreclosure / Robert Paehlke


Part 2: The Knowledge-Based Economy, Social Capital, and Product Design

4. Developing Sustainability in the Knowledge-Based Economy: Prospects and Potential / Keith Newton and John Besley

5. Sustainability, Social Capital, and the Canadian ICT Sector / David Wheeler, Kelly Thomson, and Michael A. Perkin

6. Innovation, Architecture, and the Changing Role of Design Professionals: Assessing the Ford Model U / Carey Frey


Part 3: External and Internal Drivers of Sustainable Production

7. Collaborative Public Policy for Sustainable Production: A Broad Agenda and a Modest Proposal / John Moffet, Stephanie Meyer, and Julie Pezzack

8. Mobilizing Producers toward Environmental Sustainability: The Prospects for Market-Oriented Regulations / Mark Jaccard

9. Sustainable Production and the Financial Markers: Opportunities to Pursue and Barriers to Overcome / Blair W. Feltmate, Brian A. Schofield, and Ron Yachnin

10. Engaging Senior Management on Sustainability / Kevin Brady


11. Whither Sustainable Production? Sustainable Enterprise and the Role of Government / David V.J. Bell and Glen Toner Index

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