Special Issue "Sustainable Futures"

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A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2010)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Bruce E. Tonn
Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 37831-6038, USA
Website: http://www.esd.ornl.gov/people/tonn/index.shtml
E-Mail: tonnbe@ornl.gov
Phone: +1 865 574 4041
Fax: +1 865 576 8646
Interests: energy policy; environmental policy; sustainability; foresight; futures analysis; decision making under uncertainty; technology assessment; energy program evaluation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this special issue is to explore sustainability from a futures perspective. Useful futures analyses do not attempt to predict the future. Instead good futures analyses work to imagine, describe, and/or create possible futures in such ways as to identify issues of concern for today’s decision makers. The papers in this special issue should address these types of questions related to helping today’s decision makers better understand future trends and issues related to sustainability. What progress can be made towards achieving sustainability in the next fifteen to twenty years? Are there any potential breakthrough technologies on the horizon that could make achieving sustainability easier or even more difficult? What about the convergence of new technologies? Are trends in politics, economics, and culture that may play out over the next twenty or more years consistent with achieving sustainability goals or inconsistent? What socio-economic breakthroughs are needed to support the achievement of sustainability? What should be done today to remove barriers to potential technological and socio-economic breakthroughs? What on-the-ground models for a self-sufficiency version of sustainability might emerge in the future and can these models co-exist with each other? Are there sustainability challenges in the deep future, centuries or longer from now, that are qualitatively different from those being addressed today that require the attention of today’s generation?

Dr. Bruce E. Tonn
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • sustainability
  • futures
  • breakthrough technologies
  • self-sufficiency
  • energy policy
  • environmental policy

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p. 578-595
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Sustainability 2011, 3(4), 578-595; doi:10.3390/su3040578
Received: 15 February 2011; Accepted: 15 March 2011 / Published: 30 March 2011
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p. 97-154
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Sustainability 2011, 3(1), 97-154; doi:10.3390/su3010097
Received: 9 November 2010; in revised form: 6 December 2010 / Accepted: 15 December 2010 / Published: 7 January 2011
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p. 3650-3680
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Sustainability 2010, 2(12), 3650-3680; doi:10.3390/su2123650
Received: 14 September 2010; in revised form: 28 October 2010 / Accepted: 18 November 2010 / Published: 26 November 2010
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p. 3436-3448
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Sustainability 2010, 2(11), 3436-3448; doi:10.3390/su2113436
Received: 17 September 2010; in revised form: 15 October 2010 / Accepted: 19 October 2010 / Published: 1 November 2010
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p. 3383-3398
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Sustainability 2010, 2(11), 3383-3398; doi:10.3390/su2113383
Received: 30 August 2010; in revised form: 22 October 2010 / Accepted: 27 October 2010 / Published: 28 October 2010
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p. 3323-3338
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Sustainability 2010, 2(10), 3323-3338; doi:10.3390/su2103323
Received: 10 September 2010; in revised form: 9 October 2010 / Accepted: 18 October 2010 / Published: 25 October 2010
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p. 3211-3238
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Sustainability 2010, 2(10), 3211-3238; doi:10.3390/su2103211
Received: 1 September 2010; in revised form: 14 September 2010 / Accepted: 8 October 2010 / Published: 14 October 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(10), 3195-3210; doi:10.3390/su2103195
Received: 30 July 2010; in revised form: 9 September 2010 / Accepted: 13 September 2010 / Published: 30 September 2010
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p. 3110-3128
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Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 3110-3128; doi:10.3390/su2093110
Received: 23 July 2010; in revised form: 9 September 2010 / Accepted: 13 September 2010 / Published: 21 September 2010
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p. 2686-2706
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Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2686-2706; doi:10.3390/su2082686
Received: 10 July 2010; in revised form: 17 August 2010 / Accepted: 18 August 2010 / Published: 24 August 2010
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p. 2626-2651
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Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2626-2651; doi:10.3390/su2082626
Received: 10 July 2010; in revised form: 12 August 2010 / Accepted: 17 August 2010 / Published: 20 August 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2593-2600; doi:10.3390/su2082593
Received: 1 July 2010; in revised form: 6 August 2010 / Accepted: 13 August 2010 / Published: 16 August 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2483-2498; doi:10.3390/su2082483
Received: 11 June 2010; in revised form: 19 July 2010 / Accepted: 25 July 2010 / Published: 3 August 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2449-2466; doi:10.3390/su2082449
Received: 24 June 2010; in revised form: 15 July 2010 / Accepted: 21 July 2010 / Published: 30 July 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2403-2423; doi:10.3390/su2082403
Received: 2 July 2010; in revised form: 25 July 2010 / Accepted: 28 July 2010 / Published: 29 July 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 2302-2319; doi:10.3390/su2072302
Received: 3 June 2010; in revised form: 29 June 2010 / Accepted: 14 July 2010 / Published: 20 July 2010
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