Next Article in Journal
U.S. Demand for Organic and Conventional Fresh Fruits: The Roles of Income and Price
Next Article in Special Issue
Educating for Local Development and Global Sustainability: An Overview in Spain
Previous Article in Journal
Public Health and the Environment: What Skills for Sustainability Literacy – And Why?
Previous Article in Special Issue
Design for Sustainability: Current Trends in Sustainable Product Design and Development
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2009, 1(3), 441-463; doi:10.3390/su1030441

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

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, A1B 3X5, Canada
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 18 June 2009 / Accepted: 5 August 2009 / Published: 10 August 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Forum for Sustainable Development)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [120 KB, uploaded 24 February 2015]   |  

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. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; life-cycle analysis; multi-criteria decision-making; indices; linkage-based framework; DPSEEA sustainability; life-cycle analysis; multi-criteria decision-making; indices; linkage-based framework; DPSEEA
Figures

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Waheed, B.; Khan, F.; Veitch, B. Linkage-Based Frameworks for Sustainability Assessment: Making a Case for Driving Force-Pressure-State-Exposure-Effect-Action (DPSEEA) Frameworks. Sustainability 2009, 1, 441-463.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top