May 21, 2008

Book Review - The Sustsainability Revolution

The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift
Andres R. Edwards
HC 79 .E5 E327 2005

Sustainability has become a common buzzword. With such regular use, however, much of the complexity of its meaning has been lost, being replaced, instead, with a vague notion that sustainable equals green. Edwards examines this concept, showing its applicability in numerous social sectors. He begins by discussing the evolution of the notion of sustainability from the environmental movement. He moves on to illustrate how sustainability involves community, commerce and economics, natural resources, planning and design, and the ecosystem. He finishes with hypotheses of where the sustainability movement is going. Edwards asserts that sustainability is raising a new consciousness and imparting shared values and as such defines a new paradigm shift or lens through which a wide range of issues and problems can be examined. As such, this book may appeal to academics, as well as business leaders, policy makers, and those concerned about environmental issues.