Special Issue "Appropriate Wisdom, Technology, and Management toward Environmental Sustainability for Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Shervin Hashemi
Guest Editor
Institute for Environmental Research, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Korea
Interests: circular economy; conservation and recycling; drinking water management; environmental engineering; environment science; environmental remediation; life cycle assessment; nature-based solutions; public health; risk assessment; sanitation and hygiene; sustainability; waste management; water and wastewater treatment
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Dear Colleagues,

Protection and maintenance of environmental resources for future generations require responsible interaction with the environment to avoid wasting natural resources. An ancient Native American proverb says, “we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”. This indigenous wisdom could certainly substantially define the meaning of environmental sustainability.

Advances in technologies in recent times could sustain humankind and allow living in comfort. However, not all of these advances may sustain the environment for later generations. Developing societies along with keeping the ecosystem sustainable require appropriate wisdom, technology, and management working together.

The Special Issue (SI) entitled “Appropriate Wisdom, Technology, and Management toward Environmental Sustainability for Development” is proposed for the “Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources” section of the journal Sustainability.

This SI aims to publish relevant studies on approaches toward environmental sustainability. It appeals for original and novel studies on the provision of responsible consumption, reasonable recycling, and sustainable development of natural resources in different types of environments, including the anthroposphere, atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Priority will be given to the works based in developing countries.

Studies in the areas and fields below are highly encouraged for consideration. In their cover letter, authors should mention to which of the fields below their study corresponds.

  • Appropriate Wisdom
    • Resource Valorization: Valuing Water, Wastes, and Other Resources
    • Development of Mathematical, Theoretical, and Computational Models
    • Scientific Hypothetical Approaches
    • Analyzing Historical Approaches and Ancient Wisdom
  • Appropriate Technology
    • Nature-Based Solutions
    • Clean Technologies
    • Resource Circulation: Conservation and Recycling
  • Appropriate Management
    • Human ↔ Nature Interactions: Simulation and Optimization
    • Economic Management: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Circular Economy
    • Social Awareness and Human Rights: Concepts of Leaving No One Behind
    • Sanitation, Hygiene, and Public Health
    • Risk Assessment
    • New Policies
  • Any Other Relevant Topic (should be consulted with the editor)

Submissions are welcomed as Articles and Reviews. The “Instructions for Authors” provided by the journal Sustainability should be carefully followed by the authors to prepare their submissions. The SI follows the policies of the journal Sustainability thoroughly regarding submission, reviewing process, and publication.

Dr. Shervin Hashemi
Guest Editor

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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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  • appropriate technology
  • nature-based solutions
  • resource valorization
  • sustainability

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Hazardous Solid Waste Confined in Closed Dump of Morelia: An Urgent Environmental Liability to Attend in Developing Countries
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2557; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052557 - 26 Feb 2021
In developing countries, landfills of urban solid waste (USW) are a major source of contamination. One reason is the common practice of the illegal confinement of hazardous waste (HW). The contamination is mainly due to deficitary design location, operation and lack of liner, [...] Read more.
In developing countries, landfills of urban solid waste (USW) are a major source of contamination. One reason is the common practice of the illegal confinement of hazardous waste (HW). The contamination is mainly due to deficitary design location, operation and lack of liner, which enables the dispersion of pollutants. The aim of our work is to demonstrate the presence of heavy metals (HM) and arsenic (As) in USW of the closed dump of Morelia, which clandestinely confined HW for 20 years. Solid samples of USW were collected from eight opencast wells with different age of confinement. Composition, degradation status, physical-chemical characterization and analysis of HM and As were carried out. The results showed the presence of Pb, Cu, Ni, Zn, Cr, Fe and high concentrations of As. This study provides evidence about the usual and illegal practice of landfill HW together with USW; the hazard due to the presence of HM and As; the deficiency in the operation and closure; and, the lack of competent legislation on the subject. This information is essential to establish background information for improving laws and help decision makers in territorial planning to improve public and environment health. Full article
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