Practicing Sustainability

  • Guruprasad Madhavan
  • Barbara Oakley
  • David Green
  • David Koon
  • Penny Low

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. José Andrés
    Pages 7-11
  3. Homi Kharas
    Pages 19-23
  4. Heidi Williamson
    Pages 31-32
  5. Simon Levin
    Pages 39-43
  6. Marc Van Ameringen
    Pages 59-64
  7. Freeman Dyson
    Pages 71-76
  8. Dave Haft
    Pages 77-82
  9. Jacqueline Sherris
    Pages 87-90
  10. Laurie Garrett, Zoe Liberman
    Pages 91-94
  11. Robyn Beavers
    Pages 101-106
  12. Jonathan Reckford
    Pages 107-112
  13. Gerald Steiner
    Pages 113-116
  14. Chandrakant Patel
    Pages 117-121
  15. Katepalli Sreenivasan
    Pages 145-149
  16. V. S. Ramamurthy, Narendar Pani
    Pages 151-154
  17. Melanie Walker
    Pages 159-162
  18. Toinette Lippe
    Pages 163-166
  19. Kai Lee, Richard Howarth
    Pages 167-172
  20. Kevin Finneran
    Pages 173-176
  21. Karabi Acharya
    Pages 177-180
  22. Heather MacAndrew, David Springbett
    Pages 187-192
  23. Scott Tew
    Pages 193-199
  24. James Barry
    Pages 201-205
  25. Andrea Coleman, Barry Coleman
    Pages 207-210
  26. Christopher Hayter, Robert Hayter
    Pages 215-220
  27. Harvey Locke
    Pages 221-226
  28. M. S. Swaminathan
    Pages 243-244

About this book


“Delightful…the chapters are gems of precision and insight.”—Michael Spence, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics

Sustainability applies to everybody. But everybody applies it differently, by defining and shaping it differently—much as water is edged and shaped by its container. It is conceived in absolute terms but underpinned by a great diversity of relatively “green”—and sometimes contradictory—practices that can each make society only more or less sustainable. In Practicing Sustainability, chefs, poets, music directors, evangelical pastors, skyscraper architects, artists, filmmakers, as well as scientific leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, business executives, policy makers, and the contrarians, shed light on our understanding of sustainability and the role that each of us can play. Each contributor addresses what sustainability means, what is most appealing about the concept, and what they would like to change to improve the perception and practice of sustainability. What emerges from their essays is a wide spectrum of views that confirm an important insight: Sustainability is pursued in different ways not only due to different interpretations, but also because of varying incentives, trade-offs, and altruistic motives. Practicing and achieving sustainability starts with a willingness to look critically at the concept. It also means enabling rich and vigorous discussion based on pragmatism and common sense to determine a framework for best ideas and practices. With time and the much needed critical thinking, sustainable development will become a more integral part of our culture. By sharing experiences and crisp insights from today’s savants, Practicing Sustainability serves as a stepping stone to the future.


alternative energy biomimicry emerging technologies genetically modified crops global health green revolution sustainability bioengineering sustainability biotechnology sustainability science and technology sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Guruprasad Madhavan
    • 1
  • Barbara Oakley
    • 2
  • David Green
    • 3
  • David Koon
    • 4
  • Penny Low
    • 5
  1. 1., Policy and Global AffairsNational Academy of SciencesWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Industrial & Systems EngineeringOakland UniversityRochesterUSA
  3. 3.El CerritoUSA
  4. 4.AlbanyUSA
  5. 5.Social Innovation Park LimitedThe Parliament of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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