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Poster Competition Winners:
1st Place: (Tie)
Life Cycle Water and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Oil Shale Development in the United States
Engineering and Public Policy/Civil & Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Quantifying life cycle environmental impacts of the beneficial use of secondary industrial materials in Pennsylvania, USA
Program in Environmental Engineering, Center for Industrial Ecology, Yale University
Diet, trade and land use. The social ecology of the food system. Case study olive oil
Institute of Social Ecology, IFF Vienna, University of Klagenfurt
Transitions toward Sustainability
The road toward sustainability poses many challenges with many areas of human needs to be dealt (e.g. food production and consumption, mobility, energy supply and use, communication, etc.). New ways of thinking, acting, and being are urgently needed.
There are many dimensions on which sustainability depends, including technical, socio-economic, cultural, spatial, environmental preservation, distribution of wealth, etc. Achieving sustainability therefore requires a multitude of changes identified by different disciplines as ‘system innovation’, ‘regime transformation’, ‘industrial transformation’, ‘technological transition’, or ‘socio-economic paradigm shift’. The term “transition” covers all of these and its direction and speed are determined by the collective innovation decisions of various actors involved.
The notion of transition has increasingly gained attention over the past years, in academic as well as in policy arenas. Policy makers are especially interested in transitions since incremental change is thought by many to be insufficient to lead toward sustainability. Transition is perceived as a policy objective that has great potential to guide solutions to current problems in various domains.
In a transition within a complex socio-technical-ecological system, both the technical as well as the social/cultural dimensions change drastically. This emphasis on the co-evolution of technical and societal change distinguishes transitions from incremental processes, which are primarily characterized by technical change (through successive generations of technologies) with relatively little alteration of the societal embedding of these technologies.
To stimulate transitions toward sustainability we need to build a strong knowledge base in this field. Industrial Ecology, as a framework for capturing both theoretical and practical knowledge, should contribute in many areas, including the following selected to shape this conference: