Title

Pillars, Bottom Lines, Capitals and Sustainability: A Critical Review of the Discourses

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Common Ground Publishing Pty Ltd.

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

5284

Comments

This article was originally published as: Black, A. Pillars, Bottom Lines, Capitals and Sustainability: A Critical Review of the Discourses. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 2(5), 107-117. Original available here

Abstract

This paper provides a critical examination of three overlapping streams of discourse relating to sustainability. Each uses a somewhat different metaphor, such as the dimensions, forms or pillars of sustainability, the triple bottom line, or the maintenance of various types of capital. In the quest for sustainability, it is important to be aware of both the insights and the limitations of each of these streams of discourse.