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Energy and Water Interdependence, and Their Implications for Urban Areas

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There are many definitions for sustainability. Mathis Wackernagel, creator of the ecological footprint concept, defined sustainability as “securing people’s quality of life within the means of nature”. The United Nations’ World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” . Throughout this report, sustainability will be defined as the development of the anthroposphere within the means of nature.

Douglas Noonan
Elizabeth A. Minne
Eric Williams
Hyunju Jeong
Insu Kim
Jean-Ann C. James
Jess Chandler
John C. Crittenden
Marilyn A. Brown
Miroslav M. Begovik
Muthukumar Subrahmanyam
Steve French
Yongsheng Chen
Zhongming Lu
Research Areas
Urban Systems and Built Environment
Energy, Life Cycle Assessment, Urban Sustainability
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Book Chapter
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Minne, L.; Pandit, A.; Crittenden, J. C.; Begovic, M.; Kim, I.; Jeong, H.; James, J.-A.; Lu, Z.-M.; Xu, M.; et al. (2012) “Energy and water interdependence, and their implications for urban areas.” In R. A. Meyers (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. Springer, New York. 239-269.