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"I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back." Leo Tolstoy - Writings on Civil Disobe- ence and Non-Violence (1886). In today's world where sustainable development has become a critical security concept for the well-being of the environment and society, the man Tolstoy depicts might well be interchangeable for either the planet in terms of its carrying-capacity or its bene?ciary, society. While it is arguable that mining is neither inherently sustainable nor unsusta- able (O'Faircheallaigh, this volume), exploration, production, and consumption of non-renewable resources over time makes the industry ultimately unsustainable if it results in negative socio-economic impact (Waye et al., this volume). This inva- ably leads to de?nitions of sustainability in terms of the ?nancial bene?ts that can accrue from transforming natural capital into human capital, theoretically creating intergenerational bene?ts (ibid.). Such a de?nition of sustainability is inherently utilitarian, assuming the English political philosopher Jeremy Bentham's sugg- tion that human nature avoids pain for the pursuit of pleasure, and that legislators should therefore base decisions on the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people (Bentham 1996).
Sustainable Housing: A Systems-based Approach introduces students to the issues and processes that must be considered when developing sustainable housing, particularly housing that can approach net-zero energy performance. The book considers the history of American thinking as it relates to the environment and development. It addresses challenges in community development, particularly the need to develop affordable housing and how such housing can also be made sustainable. It examines the relationship between energy and housing, and the separate but important relationship between water resources and housing. Finally, it explains the basic concepts of building science. The material is rooted in a technological and systems-based approach. Thus, it examines how community systems, energy and water systems, and building systems work. For each of these systems, the book also identifies and evaluates the inherent technological component. Sustainable Housing is written for introductory courses in housing, community development, and building science. Robert Seavey earned his master's degree and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, where he is currently a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering. He has also served as the major coordinator for the sustainable systems management major at the University of Minnesota. He is the 2016 recipient of the Richard C. Newman Art of Teaching Award. His research and teaching interests include the challenges and opportunities in respect to energy consumption, resource conservation and wilderness restoration, and affordable housing worldwide. He is a member of the Society of Wood Science and within it has served as the chair of the Education and Accreditation Committee.
Honey is among the oldest food products of mankind and beekeeping is deeply rooted in every European culture, which is why quality regulation is strict and numerous European and national regulations control honey quality. Yet in an environment with increasing chemical pollution and the wide use of agrochemicals, honey runs high risks of becoming chemically polluted. This is why the BEE SHOP, a network of nine leading European honeybee research groups in honey quality, pathology, genetics and behaviour was established. This book examines these research teams and their shared common interest of promoting Europe's high honey quality standards.
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