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Why Organization May Be the Primary Limitation to Implementing Sustainability at the Local Level: Examples from Swedish Case Studies
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History. (Arcum)
2017 (English)In: Resoruces, ISSN 0707-8412, E-ISSN 2079-9276, Vol. 6, no 1, 13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Much of the effort to address environmental issues at the local level has focused on defining principles and aims rather than addressing the operational difficulties of implementation. Drawing upon insights from sustainability scholarship, this study reviews two cases: the development of a Swedish standard for implementing sustainable development at municipality, county council, and regional levels, and attempts by a small rural municipality to establish a process towards implementing the Aalborg Commitments. The research illustrates the specific organizational and managerial complexity of these case study experiences. It concludes that an organizational focus on integration and mainstreaming deserves particular attention to achieve broader sustainability, or related environmental or adaptation goals. The results, in particular, highlight the role that integrated management systems can play for sustainability work at the local level.

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MDPI AG , 2017. Vol. 6, no 1, 13
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sustainability, Sweden, local level, public management, integrated management systems, organization
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Environmental Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-134270DOI: 10.3390/resources6010013ISI: 000398704000012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-134270DiVA: diva2:1095820
Available from: 2017-05-16 Created: 2017-05-16 Last updated: 2017-05-16Bibliographically approved

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