Cases on the Diffusion and Adoption of Sustainable Development Practices

Cases on the Diffusion and Adoption of Sustainable Development Practices

Helen E. Muga (University of Mount Union, USA) and Ken D. Thomas (Auburn University, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: January, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 321
ISBN13: 9781466628427|ISBN10: 1466628421|EISBN13: 9781466628434|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2842-7


Organizations and businesses are applying sustainable development concepts in their management strategies in order to improve and rethink products, processes, services, and policies which will have significant potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, excess consumption, and improve the quality of lives.

Cases on the Diffusion and Adoption of Sustainable Development Practices is a collection of case studies on the concepts and theories of successful sustainable practices. It also identifies key mechanisms and strategies that have allowed the successful diffusion of these practices into communities, regions and nations around the world. This reference source is essential for professionals, researchers, educators and leaders in pursuit of innovative solutions in sustainable development.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Alternative Energy
  • Climate Change
  • Cultural Barriers
  • Diffusion and Adoption Theory
  • Environmental Issues
  • Sustainable Practices

Reviews and Testimonials

The primary theme of this collection of global case studies is the theories, concepts, and practices of diffusion adoption as they are employed for sustainable development. Those include, among others, the development of alternative energy sources to reduce emissions harmful to the environment, recycling and reusing waste materials to cut back on human consumption of natural resources, water recycling to help extend the world's shrinking supply of clean water, and better drug delivery systems for improved health. A sampling of specific topics includes earth building materials, sustainability and financial reporting, sustainable mining, diffusion of renewable technologies, sustainable watershed management, and perceptions of climate change. Editors are Muga (civil engineering, U. of Mount Union) and Thomas (biosystems engineering, Auburn U.).

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Highly recommended for all involved in policy decisions which affect our planet. Especially recommended for educators in physical sciences who are in contact with personnel who will soon be involved in influencing the development choices of our world. [...] This book aims to disseminate successful sustainable practices across the Globe, because this will allow other concerned individuals to assess, modify, and/or integrate these practices into their particular settings. This is critical in order to address the complex issues that have arisen worldwide due to the quest for development.

– Dr. Edwin Nyirenda, Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Zambia

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Helen Muga, Ph.D.: Helen Muga is an Assistant Professor in civil engineering at the University of Mount Union, Alliance, Ohio. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. She received a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University, Michigan, USA, a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University, Michigan, USA, a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University of Technology, Australia, and a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of Papua New Guinea. Her research interests include water and wastewater engineering, sustainability, life cycle engineering, green engineering, diffusion and adoption of green technology, and international development work.
Ken D. Thomas is the Honors Lecturer in Biosystems Engineering of both the Honors College and Department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University. He received both his BSc Chemical & Process Engineering and MSc Environmental Engineering from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine and PhD Civil Engineering (Environmental & Water Resources Engineering [EWRE]) from the University of South Florida (USF). His current research interests are in sustainability science, sustainable development and sustainable development engineering, especially in a West Indian context, and engineering education.