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Applying sustainability principles in practice: guidance for assessing individual proposals

Morrison-Saunders, A. and Hodgson, N. (2009) Applying sustainability principles in practice: guidance for assessing individual proposals. In: IAIA09 Impact Assessment and Human Well-Being, 29th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, 16-22 May 2009, Accra, Ghana pp. 1-6.

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International and Western Australian sustainability principles are converted into guidance statements that can help practitioners apply them to individual proposals. Our framework for sustainability assessment was based on a Western Australian case study of a preliminary sustainability assessment of an urban development proposal. The aim is to help operationalise sustainability assessment for individual proposals. To meet the challenge of sustainable development, all sustainability principles need to be addressed. During decision-making any tradeoffs
made that favour particular principles need to be justified and explained in a transparent manner. Our case study application demonstrated that relevant sustainability principles already existed in local legislation, regulation and policies, providing the necessary socio-political support to implement sustainability assessment with the current institutional arrangements.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
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United Nations SDGs: Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
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