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