This book pulls together and extends work I have been doing in the area of sustainability and business over the past 20 years, but it has actually been 40 years in the making. Indeed, there is no doubt that this work was influenced, shaped, and determined to a large extent by my prior experiences in college, graduate school, and the real world. I owe a great debt, therefore, to a number of people—mentors, professors, benefactors, colleagues, associates, and students—as well as friends and family.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester, I would have never embarked on the path of environmental studies and management were it not for the inspiration of professors Larry Lundgren and Christian Kling. These two professors ...

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