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.
Glen Toner is a professor in the School of PublicPolicy and Administration at Carleton University and a founding memberof the Carleton Research Unit in Innovation, Science and Environment.He is also a member of the panel of advisors to the Commissioner ofEnvironment and Sustainable Development.
Acknowledgments Introduction 1. New Century Ideas and Sustainable Production / Glen Toner andDavid V.J. Bell Part 1: Sustainable Production and Its Context 2. From Eco-Efficiency to Eco-Effectiveness: Private SectorPractices for Sustainable Production / Bob Masterson 3. Policy Instruments and Sustainable Production: Toward Foresightwithout Foreclosure / Robert Paehlke Part 2: The Knowledge-Based Economy, Social Capital, andProduct 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 DesignProfessionals: Assessing the Ford Model U / Carey Frey Part 3: External and Internal Drivers of SustainableProduction 7. Collaborative Public Policy for Sustainable Production: A BroadAgenda and a Modest Proposal / John Moffet, Stephanie Meyer, and JuliePezzack 8. Mobilizing Producers toward Environmental Sustainability: TheProspects for Market-Oriented Regulations / Mark Jaccard 9. Sustainable Production and the Financial Markers: Opportunitiesto Pursue and Barriers to Overcome / Blair W. Feltmate, Brian A.Schofield, and Ron Yachnin 10. Engaging Senior Management on Sustainability / KevinBrady Conclusion 11. Whither Sustainable Production? Sustainable Enterprise and theRole of Government / David V.J. Bell and Glen Toner Index