Special Issue "Applied Sustainability for SDG Implementation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Education and Approaches".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jorge Trindade
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Department of Science and Technology, University Aberta, Lisbon, Portugal Geographical Research Centre, Lisbon University, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: physical geography; coastal dynamics; natural hazards assessment and sustainable development; coastal planning and management; sustainability assessment
Prof. Dr. Sandra Caeiro
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1. Department of Science and Technology, University Aberta, Lisbon, Portugal
2. CENSE, Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: Sustainability assessment; indicators; Higher Education, campus sustainability
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Dr. Carla Sofia Farinha
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Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research, FCT Nova, Nova University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: education for sustainable development; universities; higher education institutions; sustainable development
Dr. Tania Suely Azevedo Brasileiro
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Pos graduation in Society, Nature and Development (PPGSND) and Education in the Amazon (EDUCANORTE/PPGE) – Phd course in Environmental Sciences, Federal University of Western Pará(UFOPA), Santarém, Pará, Brazil.
Interests: education for sustainability; college education, education and environmental health; teacher training; managers for sustainable development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this Special Issue is directed to original research on applied sustainability, with specific focus on regional and local approaches that contribute to the real problem solution and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainability research has a wide range of applications because of its cross-disciplinary nature and multi-type object focus. From its environmental and socio-economic traditional fields of research to holistic themes related to climate change and natural hazards, circular economy, social innovation, design for sustainability, among many others, sustainability research and practice is purposed to identify and mitigate maladjusted practices, taking as a reference the balance between several components of a complex and interactive system. This holistic perspective presents a challenge since it is not always possible to simplify the components of a system without losing analysis detail. Another challenge in sustainability research is the methodological approach needed to meet objectives across a broad spectrum of themes. From practice and action to data-driven research, from global to local and regional spatial research, from community observation to systematic document content analysis, there are a wide range of methods and techniques that appeal to researchers conducting detailed analyses and evaluations of sustainable realities and practices. Nevertheless, sustainability research must make an important contribution in the achievement and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, The 2030 Agenda.

The topics for this Special Issue on applied sustainability research for SDG implementation at regional and local levels may include:

  • Biodiversity and natural resources sustainable management;
  • Sustainable exploitation of natural resources and the relationship with local communities;
  • Participatory processes in a community’s sustainability, including policy making and management;
  • Sustainable community resource management;
  • Climate change and sustainable resilient communities;
  • Water access, management, and pollution;
  • Natural hazards and sustainable spatial planning;
  • Sustainable waste management;
  • Sustainable cities and spatial planning policies;
  • Sustainable practices in supply food chain;
  • Sustainability communication and assessment;
  • Sustainable production and consumption;
  • Sustainability ethics of organizations;
  • Gender and minorities equity;
  • Affordable and clean energy;
  • Economic and social sustainable entrepreneurship;
  • Industrial innovation for sustainability;
  • Education for Sustainability;
  • Local sustainable touristic resource management.

Contributions regarding the mentioned challenges that address, but are not limited to, these topics are welcome as well as qualitative, mixed, and quantitative and applied, empirical and conceptual research approaches.

Dr. Jorge Trindade
Prof. Dr. Sandra Caeiro
Dr. Carla Sofia Farinha
Dr. Tania Suely Azevedo Brasileiro
Guest Editors

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  • applied sustainability
  • sustainability assessment
  • holistic approaches
  • sustainable practices
  • local knowledge
  • sustainable communities
  • sustainable development goals

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The Contribution of Up-Cycled Food Waste to a Balanced Diet of Low-Income Households
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4779; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094779 - 24 Apr 2021
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This paper focuses on the contribution of an upcycling food organization to a balanced diet, which rescues and redistributes fresh or freshly cooked food to low-income households. To determine the nutritional balance of food hampers provided by our case study organization, according to [...] Read more.
This paper focuses on the contribution of an upcycling food organization to a balanced diet, which rescues and redistributes fresh or freshly cooked food to low-income households. To determine the nutritional balance of food hampers provided by our case study organization, according to the Portuguese food guidelines, we have weighed all items of food hampers in three weighing rounds over a period of four months. The results suggest that upcycled foods can contribute to a more balanced diet in terms of “Potato, Cereal and Cereal Products”, “Vegetables”, “Meat, Fish, Seafood and Eggs” and “Fruits”, both according to the Portuguese Food Wheel and compared to that of the general Portuguese population. The novelty of this study is the evaluation of the contribution to the balanced diet of the population in a vulnerable situation, of perishable foods such as freshly cooked, in traditional restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and hotels, or is naturally fresh (fruit and vegetables food aid services) up-cycled by a food aid organization. Full article
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