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Title: Appraising the sustainability of project alternatives: An increasing role for cumulative effects assessment

Abstract

Evaluating and comparing development alternatives with regard to sustainability is an important goal for comprehensive project appraisal. In the United States, this component has been largely missing from standard environmental impact assessment practice. Cumulative effects assessment provides a way to appraise the sustainability of project alternatives in terms of their probable contributions to long-term trends affecting the condition of valued environmental components. Sustainability metrics and predictors are being developed as criteria for rating systems and evaluation processes that are applied to community planning, building design, and transportation infrastructure. Increasing interest in adaptive management is also providing cost-effective solutions to optimizing safety and function throughout the long-term operation of a facility or infrastructure. Recent federal legislation is making it easier to integrate sustainability features into development alternatives through early, community-based planning.

Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21590394
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 31; Journal Issue: 5; Conference: International Association of Impact Assessment special topic meeting on assessing and managing cumulative environmental effects, Calgary (Canada), 6-9 Nov 2008; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2011.01.013; PII: S0195-9255(11)00026-6; Copyright (c) 2011 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0195-9255
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; COST ESTIMATION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; EVALUATION; MANAGEMENT; MITIGATION; PLANNING; US NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT; DOCUMENT TYPES; LAWS

Citation Formats

Senner, Robert, E-mail: robin.senner@ch2m.com. Appraising the sustainability of project alternatives: An increasing role for cumulative effects assessment. United States: N. p., 2011. Web. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2011.01.013.
Senner, Robert, E-mail: robin.senner@ch2m.com. Appraising the sustainability of project alternatives: An increasing role for cumulative effects assessment. United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2011.01.013.
Senner, Robert, E-mail: robin.senner@ch2m.com. Thu . "Appraising the sustainability of project alternatives: An increasing role for cumulative effects assessment". United States. doi:10.1016/j.eiar.2011.01.013.
@article{osti_21590394,
title = {Appraising the sustainability of project alternatives: An increasing role for cumulative effects assessment},
author = {Senner, Robert, E-mail: robin.senner@ch2m.com},
abstractNote = {Evaluating and comparing development alternatives with regard to sustainability is an important goal for comprehensive project appraisal. In the United States, this component has been largely missing from standard environmental impact assessment practice. Cumulative effects assessment provides a way to appraise the sustainability of project alternatives in terms of their probable contributions to long-term trends affecting the condition of valued environmental components. Sustainability metrics and predictors are being developed as criteria for rating systems and evaluation processes that are applied to community planning, building design, and transportation infrastructure. Increasing interest in adaptive management is also providing cost-effective solutions to optimizing safety and function throughout the long-term operation of a facility or infrastructure. Recent federal legislation is making it easier to integrate sustainability features into development alternatives through early, community-based planning.},
doi = {10.1016/j.eiar.2011.01.013},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
issn = {0195-9255},
number = 5,
volume = 31,
place = {United States},
year = {2011},
month = {9}
}