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Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy Debut...
Released: 5/4/2005

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Reston, VA -- Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, has launched publication. Accessible at http://ejournal.nbii.org, the e-journal provides a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the field of sustainability. It is published as part of an ambitious government/private industry partnership between the USGS-coordinated National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) www.nbii.gov and NBII partner CSA www.csa.com. The purpose of this project is to develop a Sustainability Science database that examines the countless interactions of all living entities, especially humans, with the Earth and its environment.

"This is an important endeavor that aims at answering fundamental questions on what prevents the wide replication of best known practices in sustainable development," wrote Klaus Töpfer, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme. "I hope that the journal will catalyse debate between different disciplines that include practitioners and policy makers in order to increase our understanding of the challenges that we face in making sustainable development a reality."

The e-journal includes peer-reviewed full-text articles, guest editorials, and community essays. The guest editorial in the premier issue is by Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Research Professor, Harvard University.

Each issue presents a symposium exploring the sustainability issues relating to the topic. For the inaugural issue, the symposium explores "Sustainable consumption in national context."

Articles in the first issue include:

  • "Sustainable consumption in national context: an introduction to the symposium" by Maurie J. Cohen (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
  • "The politics of sustainable consumption: the case of the Netherlands" by Susan Martens and Gert Spaargaren (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  • "Sustainable consumption à la française? Conventional, innovative, and alternative approaches to sustainability and consumption in France" by Samy Sanches (King’s College London, UK)
  • "The new politics of consumption: promoting sustainability in the American marketplace" by Maurie J. Cohen, Aaron Comrov, and Brian Hoffner (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)
  • "The role of local ecological knowledge in sustainable urban planning: perspectives from Finland" by Vesa Yli-Pelkonen and Johanna Kohl (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • "Integrated water resources management: evolution, prospects and future challenges" by Muhammad Mizanur Rahaman and Olli Varis (Helsinki University of Technology, Finland)
  • "Sustainability science – and what’s needed beyond science" by Paul H. Reitan (University of Buffalo, USA)

The NBII (http://www.nbii.gov) is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation’s biological resources. Coordinated by the USGS, the NBII links diverse, high-quality biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners and other contributors in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry. CSA is a leading producer of bibliographic citations databases and Web resources databases.


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