Special Issue "The Environmental Footprint Family: Methodological Advancements, Synergies, and Case Studies"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022 | Viewed by 325

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Luca Coscieme
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Guest Editor
Hot or Cool Institute, 10829 Berlin, Germany
Interests: sustainable lifestyles; ecological footprint; ecosystem services; wellbeing economy
Dr. Nicoletta Patrizi
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Guest Editor
Ecodynamics Group, DEEPS Department of Earth, Environmental and Physical Sciences, University of Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
Interests: sustainable lifestyles; ecological footprint; ecosystem services; wellbeing economy
Dr. Valentina Niccolucci
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Guest Editor
Ecodynamics Group, DEEPS Department of Earth, Environmental and Physical Sciences, University of Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
Interests: sustainable lifestyles; ecological footprint; ecosystem services; wellbeing economy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human activities are impacting the global environment through land-systems change, climate change, freshwater use, biodiversity loss, and the alteration of phosphorous and nitrogen cycles, among others. These anthropogenic impacts often share common causes, influencing one another through positive, negative, and complex feedback loops. The dynamic interactions of environmental impacts and their drivers call for integrated approaches to monitoring and assessing impacts at systems scale, evaluating risks, and designing effective solutions. Furthermore, they call for developing comprehensive methods that allow for assessing synergies and trade-offs between multiple impacts to facilitate decision making and policy formulation.

In this vein, the environmental footprint family provides a number of indicators that together can reveal the true extent of impacts from human activities across environmental and ecological domains. These indicators, which include the ecological footprint, carbon footprint, water footprint, land footprint, and phosporous and nitrogen footprint are, however, rarely used together or combined, compared, or included in a common framework.

This Special Issue aims at investigating methods for integrating environmental footprint family indicators for assessing multiple environmental impacts and relative solutions. We solicit both original research and review studies focused on applications and methological advancements of footprint indicators. Studies considered may cover (but are not limited to) one or more of the following points:

  • New insights and novel applications of one or more footprint indicators;
  • Methods and applications that address trade-offs and synergies between environmental pressures and impacts by means of footprint indicators;
  • Theoretical and empirical analysis that show how environmental footprint indicators can be used for informing decision and policymaking;
  • Development of common frameworks which include multiple environmental footprint indicators;
  • Use of environmental footprint indicators within existing frameworks such as the planetary boundaries or the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Exploration of future scenarios of footrprint reductions and provision of original perspectives of changes needed in power dynamics, mental models, and at other levels of systems change.

Dr. Luca Coscieme
Dr. Nicoletta Patrizi
Dr. Valentina Niccolucci
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • envrionmental footprint family
  • water footprint
  • carbon footprint
  • land footprint
  • phosphorous footprint
  • nitrogen footprint
  • ecological footprint
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • planetary boundaries
  • sustainable consumption
  • sustainable production
  • life cycle assessment (LCA)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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