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FEATURED THEME

Scale and Sustainability

At what scale should sustainability be examined? More than a decade ago, the scale of global climate change, impacts, and adaptation was examined by the AAG project on Global Change in Local Places. A major finding was the mismatch between the scale of global knowledge and of local responses. In these sessions, the query is extended to all of sustainable development—the linking of environment and development to enhance human well-being while preserving the life support systems of the planet.

Sessions have been organized around the theme of how scale matters for sustainability. The questions that these sessions are trying to answer include:

  • How do geographic and temporal scales of sustainability relate to each other?
  • At what geographic and temporal scales can sustainable development be assessed or its pathways evaluated?
  • Where do actions that address the sustainability transition take place and where should they take place?
  • What are the scales of the constituents of human well-being?
  • How do the scales of the three pillars of sustainable development: environment, economy, and equity differ?
  • What ought to be the scales, and units of local, regional, and global sustainability?
  • What are good case studies of cross-scale interactions and what do these teach us?
  • How does scale and sustainability interact within specific application domains such as climate change, health, agriculture, energy, etc.
  • Do global phenomena of economic activity or of technological change shift the scales of sustainability?
  • Other key questions addressing Scale and Sustainability

A summative session of particular significance under this theme is 4465, At What Scale Should Sustainability be Examined.

 

Featured Sessions

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Time
Session # Session Title
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 1215 Redistributed Manufacturing and the Emergence of New Economic Geographies: Innovation, Energy Costs, Sustainability, Reshoring and Digital Fabrication (I)
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 1415 Redistributed Manufacturing and the Emergence of New Economic Geographies: Innovation, Energy Costs, Sustainability, Reshoring and Digital Fabrication (II)
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 1540 Urban Sustainability II: The Reconfigured Socio-Nature in Urban Sustainability Projects
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 1666 Culture, Agriculture and Tradition III: Food Sovereignty and Sustainability
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 1603 Geographic Thought

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time
Session # Session Title
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 2173 Sustainable Waste Management Systems I
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 2265 Scale and Sustainability: From Fields to Space
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 2273 Sustainable Waste Management Systems II
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 2473 Sustainability Learning Communities Network
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 2541 Energy and Transportation, Ecology and Environment
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 2573 Tourism, Development and Sustainability
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 2666 Scale and Sustainability: Cross-cutting Issues on How Scale Matters
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 2673 Sustainability and the Urban City

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time
Session # Session Title
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 3165 Scale and Sustainability: Household, Neighborhood, Municipal, and Continental perspectives on US Residential Land Management
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 3265 Perspectives on Rural Sustainability: Scale and Place I - Livelihoods
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 3424 Climate Change in Africa and Asia: MyCOE / SERVIR Global Fellows
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 3465 Perspectives on Rural Sustainability: Scale and Place II - US Regional Situations
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 3565 Perspectives on Rural Sustainability: Scale and Place III - Concepts & Concerns
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 3665 Perspectives on Rural Sustainability: Scale and Place IV - Landscape Change

 

Friday, April 1, 2014

Time
Session # Session Title
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM 4121 Environmental Realities and Human Perceptions across Scale
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 4221 Environmental Realities and Human Perceptions across Scale II
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM 4265 The Scale of Actions to Sustain Human Well-being
12:40 PM - 2:20 PM 4465 At What Scales Should Sustainability Be Examined, Acted Upon, or Evaluated?
2:40 PM - 4:20 PM 4573 Models and Action Programs for Sustainability Analysis
4:40 PM - 6:20 PM 4673 Socio-Environmental Effects of Natural Resource Extraction at Difference Scales