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Topical Lunch -host Steven Wolf 12:00 -1:00 PM

Summary: Topical Lunch - host Steven Wolf
July 2
12:00 - 1:00 PM
133 Emerson Hall
Title: A conceptual framework for resource-based assessment of environmental conservation
Sustainable development can be conceptualized as an 'innovation imperative.' Actors in public,
private and civil society sectors must learn to do new things and do things differently in order to
cope with scarcity and meet evolving standards of accountability. This innovation challenge is
in part technical, for example the need to reduce carbon footprint while remaining economically
viable, but it also involves cognitive change and institutional change (i.e., new ways of
gathering, interpreting and applying information and new modes of coordinating interactions in
variously scaled settings). My interdisciplinary research is focused on conducting empirical
accounting of organizational processes of adaptation to environmental change. I seek to link
data on socioeconomic resources and investments directed at sustainability problems to data on
the material environment. The goal is to develop methods to assess and compare adaptation
strategies in order to identify functional models. More specifically, we seek to understand how
investments in human capital, management routines and network linkages contribute to
improvements in environmental performance of organizations, sectors and territories. I am
currently engaged in a collaborative national-level study of the Finnish forestry sector's response
to new habitat conservation requirements and rising demand for biodiversity conservation.


Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University


Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering