Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Pollution Prevention for Sustainability

  • Javier EsquerEmail author
  • Nora E. Munguia Vega
  • Hector Guzman
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_259


Prevention, in a broad sense, can be defined as “actions taken to influence potential causes of adverse effects and thereby avert those effects” (Hirschhorn et al. 1993). This is just one of the countless definitions and terms related to sustainable development that may cause confusion since many of them may be synonymous or be strongly related with slight differences depending on context or the geographical area in which they are used (Glavič and Lukman 2007).

This article aims to describe the basic elements of the pollution preventionconcept and how it has evolved over time to its current position in sustainable development. Through a literature review, the root of the concept is first underlined, including its evolution from the control approach through key periods of time. The development of pollution prevention is then depicted, including a basic framework and how it relates to other approaches. Finally, the main elements and tools of a pollution prevention program...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Esquer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nora E. Munguia Vega
    • 1
  • Hector Guzman
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate Sustainability Program, Industrial Engineering DepartmentUniversity of SonoraHermosilloMexico

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luis Velazquez
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SonoraSonoraMexico