Design for Environment: A Guide to Sustainable Product Development, Second Edition

by: Joseph Fiksel


Abstract: Guidelines for designing products and their manufacturing processes to improve financial performance while benefiting the global environment. Drawing upon the experiences of dozens of major U.S. corporations, Design for Environment provides a unifying framework, based on sound management principles by which companies can simultaneously improve financial performance and benefit the global environment. At the heart of this approach is the concept of "eco-efficiency," a measurable characteristic of products and processes that quantifies how companies generate more value with less adverse environmental impact. The book emphasizes a life-cycle approach, which considers the costs and benefits associated with material acquisition, transportation, production, product use, and recovery for recycling or remanufacture. Design for Environment includes examples of leading companies that have put DFE into practice across a range of industries, including electronics, automotive, consumer, and chemical. For the benefit of more senior managers, the book also provides a sweeping overview of the cultural, political, and economic changes that are transforming the role of environmental management in the business world.
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Title: Design for Environment: A Guide to Sustainable Product Development, Second Edition

Publisher: : New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, New Delhi, San Juan, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto

Copyright / Pub. Date: 2009, 1996 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ISBN: 9780071605564

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Joseph Fiksel is executive director of the Center for Resilience at The Ohio State University, which develops decision support tools for improving enterprise resilience and sustainability. He is also Principal and Co-Founder of Eco-Nomics LLC, and an internationally recognized authority on sustainable business practices with over 20 years of management consulting experience.

Description: Guidelines for designing products and their manufacturing processes to improve financial performance while benefiting the global environment. Drawing upon the experiences of dozens of major U.S. corporations, Design for Environment provides a unifying framework, based on sound management principles by which companies can simultaneously improve financial performance and benefit the global environment. At the heart of this approach is the concept of "eco-efficiency," a measurable characteristic of products and processes that quantifies how companies generate more value with less adverse environmental impact. The book emphasizes a life-cycle approach, which considers the costs and benefits associated with material acquisition, transportation, production, product use, and recovery for recycling or remanufacture. Design for Environment includes examples of leading companies that have put DFE into practice across a range of industries, including electronics, automotive, consumer, and chemical. For the benefit of more senior managers, the book also provides a sweeping overview of the cultural, political, and economic changes that are transforming the role of environmental management in the business world.