Better Environmental Decisions: Strategies for Governments, Businesses, and Communities

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Ken Sexton, Alfred A. Marcus, K. William Easter, Timothy D. Burkhardt
Island Press, 1999 - 475 pages
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Better Environmental Decisions reponds to the need for improved environmental decision making by bringing together leading scholars and practitioners to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary introduction to the subject. Each chapter describes an important aspect of environmental decision making; identifies key issues, problems, and barriers; and recommends ways to improve both the process and the final result.Topics examined include: Congressional decisions about regulatory reform environmental benefit/cost analysisvaluing environmental impacts comparing risks and setting priorities strategic environmental management corporate accounting for environmental and social factors corporate responses to rules and regulations community decisions about environmental riskscivic environmentalismcommunity partnerships with industry and governmentThroughout, contributors focus on providing tools to make better decisions, and on presenting solutions to real-world problems.Better Environmental Decisions describes and analyzes the key decision making criteria of each of the stakeholders involved -- governments, businesses, and communities -- and offers a compendium of techniques necessary for achieving success. It will be a landmark reference and resource for anyone involved with environmental decisionmaking, including legislators, regulators, business and environmental managers, environmental advocates, community activists, reporters, researchers, educators, and students.

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Contents

Integrating Government Business
1
Making Decisions About Environmental Policy
15
Government Decision Making
111
Guiding Principles for Efficient
133
BenefitCost Analysis and Its Use
157
Incorporating
177
Is Comparative
195
Business Decision Making
221
Integrating Environmental Concerns
267
Environmental Competence
289
Using the Court of Public Opinion to Encourage
309
Community Decision Making
329
Partnerships
377
Using the Citizens Jury Process for Environmental
401
The Emerging Role of Environmental Justice
419
Strategies for Integrated
445

The Importance of Organizational Change
245

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Ken Sexton is Bond Professor of Environmental Health and director of the center for Environment and Health Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

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