On defining 'sustainability'. An impossible task?

Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo, Rosario Michel-Villarreal, John M. Corliss

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Abstract

Since its inception, the Sustainable Development Division (SDD) has run a track in the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) Annual Conference. Different topics have been associated to this track. This indicates that a vast variety of ideas have been associated to the effort of developing sustainable Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) practices. These works have been revisited and categorized utilizing the Triple Bottom Line framework by topics and countries of origin, in an effort to recognize potential patterns. Findings suggest that establishing a unique definition for 'sustainability' in the context of IISE seems a futile enterprise. Increasing the variety of responses, rather than reducing it, appears to be a better strategy to disseminate principles, particularly those from the United Nations 2030 sustainable development goals among IISE professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017
EditorsHarriet B. Nembhard, Katie Coperich, Elizabeth Cudney
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Pages398-403
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780983762461
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 20 May 201723 May 2017

Conference

Conference67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period20/05/1723/05/17

Keywords

  • Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE)
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable development goals (SDG)
  • Triple bottom line (TBL)

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    Vilalta-Perdomo, E., Michel-Villarreal, R., & Corliss, J. M. (2017). On defining 'sustainability'. An impossible task? In H. B. Nembhard, K. Coperich, & E. Cudney (Eds.), 67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017 (pp. 398-403). Institute of Industrial Engineers.