Would Industrial Ecology Exist without Sustainability in the Background

  title={Would Industrial Ecology Exist without Sustainability in the Background},
  author={John Ehrenfeld},
  journal={Journal of Industrial Ecology},
  • J. Ehrenfeld
  • Published 2008
  • Economics
  • Journal of Industrial Ecology
Summary Industrial ecology rests historically—even in a short lifetime of 15 years or so—on the metaphorical power of natural ecosystems. Its evolution parallels the rise of concerns over unsustainability, that is, the threats to our world's ability to support human life the emergence of sustainability as a normative goal on a global scale. This article examines the relationships between industrial ecology and sustainability and argues that, in its historical relationship to classical ecology… Expand

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