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A Handbook of Industrial Ecology

A Handbook of Industrial Ecology

Edited by Robert U. Ayres and Leslie W. Ayres

Industrial ecology is coming of age and this superb book brings together leading scholars to present a state-of-the-art overviews of the subject. Each part of the book comprehensively covers the following issues in a systematic style: the goals and achievements of industrial ecology and the history of the field; methodology, covering the main approaches to analysis and assessment; economics and industrial ecology; industrial ecology at the national/regional level; industrial ecology at the sectoral/materials level; and applications and policy implications.

Preface

Edited by Robert U. Ayres and Leslie W. Ayres

Subjects: business and management, management and sustainability, economics and finance, industrial economics, environment, ecological economics, environmental management

Extract

It is customary for a volume like this to start with a preface. I have not had a course in preface writing (‘preface-ology 101’), but I suppose the preface must be analogous to materials given out on freshman orientation day, where a new college student learns where the most important college institutions are to be found, such as the student union, the gym, the football stadium, the dormitories, the dining hall and – incidentally – the library, the bookstore, the lecture halls and the chemistry lab (where that hydrogen sulfide smell seems to be coming from). The confusion is compounded by the fact that there are two of us, but only one (RUA) is writing this. Thus the pronouns will be seen to wander erratically. I have put it off until the very last moment in hopes of some inspiration. But the sad fact is, nobody ever quotes from, or remembers what is written in, a preface. I suspect that nobody ever reads prefaces. I don’t. Why, then, should I write one? Thinking out loud (so to speak), is the preface needed to define the subject? We have assigned the opening chapter of this volume to two authors who clearly believe in formal definitions and statements of purpose, and who have been instrumental (with others) in creating a formal graduate program in industrial ecology, and a professional journal in the subject. Apparently IE is now a subject. Our own view of what belongs within the boundaries of IE is...