Perspectives and policy
Mobilizing action to advance sustainability
Preserving the fragile balance between conservation and consumption will require sustainable food, energy, and water production systems. New systems could vastly alter the way people live and work. In order for the public to adopt sweeping changes, perceptions must shift. New policies must be forged.
WSU scholars seek to define economic, social, and policy barriers to change. They analyze the views and actions of private- and public-sector stakeholders, policy makers, and the general public. Their work paves the way for adoption of research advances that will help create a sustainable future for you and those around you.
- Political engagement and public policy development
- Effective communication and education
- Production incentives and stewardship
- Rational economic approaches to sustainability
Growing cyberforests to predict the impacts of climate change
Realistic 3-D simulation helps forest managers anticipate disturbances
Drought, heat, and other irregular conditions spawned by climate change take a toll on tree ecosystems. How, exactly, will those stressors affect … » More …Read Story
Organic farming: A fruitful alternative
Study compares profitability of organic and conventional agriculture
To be sustainable, organic agriculture must be profitable. How lucrative is organic farming relative to conventional methods? The answer may surprise you.
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Putting a price on nature’s services to agriculture
Scientists calculate the economic value of organic farming processes
On organic farms, nature does a lot of the heavy lifting. Earthworms turn the soil. Insects prey on pests. Cover crops … » More …Read Story