Achieving Implementable Solutions to Energy and Environmental Issues
Burger, Joanna (Ed.)
2011, XXII, 453 p.
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Describes and examines the interactions and integration of science and stakeholders to find solutions to some of the Nation’s controversial Energy-related issues
Uses case studies to explore the methods of integration and collaboration among diverse communities
The focus of each chapter will be on problem definition, the process leading to the solution, and the mechanisms and collaborations among stakeholders that made the solutions possible
Science and Stakeholders provides a conceptual framework for stakeholder involvement, followed by case studies to explore how to integrate and collaborate among diverse stakeholders and communities to solve environmental and energy-related problems. Stakeholder participation should result in more transparent and acceptable solutions that protect both human and ecological health. Many of the chapters are about place-based environmental management, but all of the chapters deal with how stakeholders have improved (or failed to improve) decision-making processes. The final chapters discuss the role of communication and the media, and a synthesis of stakeholder participation. Although not directly about energy itself, one chapter discusses a range of energy sources and how stakeholders can interact, and each chapter describes in detail the environmental or energy-related issue being discussed. This is the first book to examine how science and stakeholders interact in an open and transparent manner to solve otherwise difficult and contentious issues related to energy and the environment.
Introduction.- Minority Participants in Environmental and Energy Decision Making Process.- Energy Diversity: Options and Stakeholders.- How Clean is Clean? Consent-building at the Fernald Uranium Plant.- Stakeholders, Risk from Mercury, and the Savannah River Site: Iterative and Inclusive Solutions to Del with Risk from Fish Consumption.- Helping Mother Earth Heal: Dine’ College Collaboration on Enhanced Attenuation Pilot Studies at U.S. Department of Energy Uranium Processing Sites on Navajo Land.- Nez Perce Involvement with Solving Environmental Problems: History, Perspectives, Treaty Rights and Obligations.- Amchitka Island: Melding Science and Stakeholders to Achieve Solutions at a Former Department of Energy Nuclear Test Site.- Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities and Stakeholder Concerns.- Science and Stakeholders: Solutions to Energy and Environmental Issues.- Joint Fact-finding and Stakeholder Consensus Building at the Altamont Wind Resource Area in California.- Wind Energy in Vermont: The Benefits and Limitations of Stakeholder Involvement.- Hydropower, Salmon, and the Penobscot River (Maine, USA): Pursuing Improved Environmental and Energy Outcomes through Participatory Decision-making and Basin-scale Decision Context.- Using Stakeholder Input to Develop a Comparative Risk Assessment for Wildlife from the Life Cycles of Six Electrical Generation Fuels.- Institutional Void and Stakeholder Leadership: Implementing Renewable Energy Standards Minnesota.- Communication between the Public and Experts: Predictable Differences and Opportunities to Narrow Them.- Media, stakeholders, and energy alternatives for nuclear waste and energy facilities.- Science and Stakeholders: A Synthesis.- Index.