Why Organization May Be the Primary Limitation to Implementing Sustainability at the Local Level: Examples from Swedish Case Studies
1. Introduction and Aim
2. Theoretical Background
3. Material and Method
4.1. Responding to Local Requirements? The Development of a Swedish Standard for Sustainable Development in Municipalities
4.1.1. Defining Sustainability Operationally and Rendering It Manageable
4.1.2. Developing an Understanding of Integrated Management Systems for Sustainability
4.2. Organsational Considerations around Working with Sustainability in a Small Municipality
In daily political work, the issues that are more long-term and concern long-term processes may be perceived by many as a bit abstract…priority-wise they are not placed at the top but are pushed aside a bit, since you have a budget and so on for issues that you must deal with, a budget for this year (interview, politician).
More knowledge about these conditions (sustainability) would mean sustainable development could gain a different definition for those who do not (inherently) think (about) nature. I think we have two groups, those who think about our base in natural conditions and to them the sustainability concept is of value, while to others it is something else. And it is a little hard for these two types to meet (interview, municipal official).
(Activities) would need to be more concrete, to (have) someone who leads and … follows it up. You often talk about how to set up measurable goals and measure effects, sometimes it feels like we are not even there today. What we would need to do is to become aware and try to gain knowledge about what sustainability is. And then we could illustrate it at each administration (unit), or perhaps procurement has made progress, and then we can say that now we are working with a focus on sustainability.
I think it's hard when you get these kinds of tasks where they say that this is to be implemented, but no-one knows exactly how much work it requires to implement it and get a result, while at the same time they are saying that this will occur within the existing framework. I fail to see (that it will)…be able to achieve major environmental benefits…it may also cost money, especially when you start it up. And when you say that this must happen within existing frameworks, then something else has to be set aside.
5. Discussion and Conclusions
Conflicts of Interest
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