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Linkage-Based Frameworks for Sustainability Assessment: Making a Case for Driving Force-Pressure-State-Exposure-Effect-Action (DPSEEA) Frameworks

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  • Bushra Waheed

    () (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, A1B 3X5, Canada)

  • Faisal Khan

    () (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, A1B 3X5, Canada)

  • Brian Veitch

    () (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, A1B 3X5, Canada)

Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to discuss different approaches, identify challenges, and to select a framework for delivering effective sustainability assessments. Sustainable development is an idealistic concept and its assessment has always been a challenge. Several approaches, methodologies and conceptual frameworks have been developed in various disciplines, ranging from engineering to business and to policy making. The paper focuses mainly on various linkage-based frameworks and demonstrates that the driving force-state-exposure-effect-action (DPSEEA) framework can be used to achieve sustained health benefits and environmental protection in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, especially because of its resemblance to the environmental risk assessment and management paradigms. The comparison of linkage-based frameworks is demonstrated through an example of sustainability in a higher educational institution.

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  • Bushra Waheed & Faisal Khan & Brian Veitch, 2009. "Linkage-Based Frameworks for Sustainability Assessment: Making a Case for Driving Force-Pressure-State-Exposure-Effect-Action (DPSEEA) Frameworks," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(3), pages 1-23, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:3:p:441-463:d:5507
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    1. Meyar-Naimi, H. & Vaez-Zadeh, S., 2012. "Sustainable development based energy policy making frameworks, a critical review," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 351-361.
    2. Umberto Vitiello & Antonio Salzano & Domenico Asprone & Marco Di Ludovico & Andrea Prota, 2016. "Life-Cycle Assessment of Seismic Retrofit Strategies Applied to Existing Building Structures," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(12), pages 1-18, December.
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    4. Tomáš Hák & Svatava Janoušková & Alistair Whitby & Saamah Abdallah & Jan Kovanda, 2015. "Indicator Policy Factsheets: A Knowledge Brokerage Tool," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(3), pages 1-16, March.
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    Keywords

    sustainability; life-cycle analysis; multi-criteria decision-making; indices; linkage-based framework; DPSEEA;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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