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SustainabilityApproaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power$
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Julie Sze

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479894567

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479894567.001.0001

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Situating Sustainability from an Ecological Science Perspective

Situating Sustainability from an Ecological Science Perspective

Ecosystem Services, Resilience, and Environmental Justice

(p.29) 1 Situating Sustainability from an Ecological Science Perspective

M. L. Cadenasso

S. T. A. Pickett

, Julie Sze
NYU Press

The concept of sustainability has three dimensions—metaphor, meaning, and model. As a metaphor, sustainability conjures up images of healthy environments, socially cohesive communities, and persistent economies. Sustainability, however, must move beyond metaphor and towards a clear meaning. Sustainability is defined using three theoretical realms from ecology - ecosystem services, resilience, and environmental justice. This meaning of sustainability is operationalized into models by specifying particular components of a system, how those components are related to each other and how they interact. Models must be situated in time, space, place and motivation and indices or benchmarks must be established so that progress towards specified goals can be measured. This chapter explores the three dimensions of sustainability using the Chesapeake Bay as a case study.

Keywords:   metaphor, meaning, model, sustainability, ecosystem services, resilience, environmental justice, Chesapeake Bay

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