As Earth Day approaches, you may want to hear more from Maurie Cohen, an associate professor at NJIT, who is one of a quartet of editors responsible for producing a special issue about sustainable consumption and production prepared for The Journal of Industrial Ecology (JIE). The papers of this online issue are freely downloadable at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123296535/issue.
(ATTENTION EDITORS: To interview Cohen, please call Sheryl Weinstein at 973-596-3436.)
The special issue provides rigorous and comprehensive insight into the life-cycle impacts of consumption on the environment. Studies from Switzerland, the UK and Australia discuss how income and lifestyle influence impacts of consumption. The work confirms earlier findings published in the JIE that 70-80 percent of environmental impacts are attributable to mobility, food, the home and related energy usage.
The issue reports on attempts to nudge consumers towards more sustainable consumption patterns. Papers discuss the role of context, social practices, informative instruments and more. The issue is partially based upon papers from a major European-funded network project on sustainable consumption called Sustainable Consumption Research Exchanges (SCORE).
Cohen, who was recently interviewed by the Washington Post, researches topics at the intersection of environmental social science, sustainability science, and environmental policy. Primary areas of activity focus on sustainable consumption, alternative mobility futures, socio-technical transition management, the social dimensions of industrial ecology, and the politics of environmental expertise. He is editor of a new electronic journal called Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy.
Cohen received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree from Columbia University.
The special issue was published as Volume 14 Issue 1 (January/February 2010). Other editors with Cohen were Arnold Tukker (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, TNO) Klaus Hubacek (Leeds University, UK) and Oksana Mont (Lund University, Sweden).