Environmental Management

, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp 463–471 | Cite as

A conceptual framework for environmental protection

  • Martha W. Gilliland


The environmental and economic components of a region or a nation are inextricably linked. Moreover, environmental protection technology must deal specifically with the linkages between the economy and the environment—that is, with by-products of the economy as they move from the economy to the environment or with natural resources as they move from the environment to the economy. Yet, environmental policy analyses are rarely able to focus on these linkages. A conceptual framework aimed at mitigating that inadequacy is developed here. The framework is tied to its theoretical basis in thermodynamics and is utilized to identify generic categories of environmental protection strategies, to identify some disadvantages of current strategies, and to suggest alternatives.


Waste Water Natural Resource Water Management Water Pollution Environmental Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha W. Gilliland
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of NebraskaOmahaUSA

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