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Sustainability-Based Decision Making


From: The Next Generation of Impact Assessment


This chapter looks more closely at the role of sustainability considerations in decision making under the Impact Assessment Act (IAA).



Robert B. Gibson

Robert B Gibson is a professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. He has worked on improving assessment law and application since the mid-1970s, including in federal jurisdiction, most provinces, and all three territories and with several Indigenous authorities. His assessment-related efforts for the past few decades have focused mostly on integration of serious commitment to sustainability in next-generation assessment law and practice and in individual assessments at the project and strategic levels. His most recent book is Sustainability Assessment: Applications and Opportunities (Routledge, 2017).