By Robert Kutter This year, we want to make The Sustainability Review (TSR) more accessible and reach a wider audience. We’ve made changes to TSR’s format to help meet these goals. But before talking about these changes, I’d like to briefly explain why I think engaging a wide audience is so important in sustainability.
Sustainability’s central problem is how to make sure contemporary societies endure without damaging the next generation’s ability to do so. Because of this long-term perspective, sustainability may require solutions which affect more people in deeper ways than other applied sciences. Some paths to sustainability would require new governance arrangements, technologies, or even worldviews. As solutions have particularly far-reaching effects, an informed dialogue between academics and the public at large is central to the field of sustainability.
TSR is also intended to be a forum for conversation about sustainability. To that end, visitors can now comment on articles, and we are also considering new website capabilities that enable visitors to connect with each other and the content. In terms of content itself, we've added the new Features section. These journalistic pieces are meant to look in depth at examples of sustainability in practice. For example, we hope to publish personal experiences of implementing sustainability and explore the barriers that people confront when doing so.
Finally, we have changed the pace of publication to promote an ongoing conversation among our readers. We increased the number of issues from two per year to five and moved to a rolling publication schedule. With a rolling publication schedule, pieces from each issue are published over the course of a month to a month and a half. We hope these changes will enhance TSR as a place where people can find and contribute to the latest ideas about sustainability.
I look forward to a year of thoughtful dialogue with our readers.
Robert Kutter is editor-in-chief of The Sustainability Review and a doctoral student in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. He has a master's degree in sustainable technology from The Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden) and a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.