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Sustainability in a building material waste management project - an integrated framework for environment, economy and social equity
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics.
2001 (English)In: International Ecological Engineering Conference, 26-29 November, 2001, Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zeeland, 2001, 196-201 p.Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The main focus of this paper is to present a sustainability evaluation framework which includes environmental, ecological and social aspects. This is illustrated through a case-study concerning reuse and recycling of building and demolition wastes. Groups of long term unemployed people were offered environmental education and manual labour, working with recovery and recycling of building and demolition wastes as a form of vocational advancement. Two groups of unemployed people have worked within the project for periods between six months and one year. As for reducing environmental impact, the most promising results were shown within the process of preparing bricks for re-using. This activity also proved to be economically sound, but concern for sustainability from a health and work environment perspective is expressed. The discussion analyses the possibility to use the framework as intended, to identify sustainable jobs, and remaining obstacles to such analyses. One important conclusion is that the data collection to perform this kind of sustainability analysis is resource demanding, and that it therefore would be of future interest to identify simplifications that do not impair the quality of the analysis.

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2001. 196-201 p.
Keyword [en]
waste management, recycling, framework
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Other Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-2265Local ID: 1143OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-2265DiVA: diva2:27297
Available from: 2008-12-15 Created: 2008-12-15 Last updated: 2011-04-19Bibliographically approved

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