I don't see any consultancies or other very market/business-oriented advice figuring out sustainable ways to decrease consumption--here I mean economic sustainability. I'm sure it can be done, but this is the challenge before us, at least those most concerned with corporate sustainability. We are going to need negative growth--and while theoretically that could be done while profits increase, it almost certainly won't be--decreasing consumption and proper internalization of externalized costs -- i.e. costs to the environment, to society, placed on us by companies that don't pay the full costs of their economic activities -- would both tend to rather decrease profits. I am certain this can be done while raising quality of life for many people (mainly people who have low quality of life, not those who already consume well and waaaaay above their "fair share" of resources), but when some people consume too much, some too little, and on the total the system is unsustainable, re-distribution is really the only game in town in terms of sustainability and justice. I haven't seen much talk of any of these things -- especially, say, within COP15 type circles -- which is why I view most of them as unserious in terms of actually helping avert continued and growing disasters for both humanity and our environment around us.
- The Local Politics of Global Sustainability (Prugh, Costanza & Daly, a pivotal book in my own intellectual development)
Steady State Economics:
- The environmental consequences of growth: steady-state economics as an alternative to ecological decline (Booth);
- Steady-State Economics (Daly, the foundational text);
- Ecological economics and sustainable development, selected essays by Herman Daly (Daly; duh)
- Carbon Trading: A Critical conversation on climate change, privatisation and power (Lohmann, Hällström, Nordberg and Österbergh, editors; available online here and highly recommended);
- Lohmann can be seen and read on Democracy Now! here from their December 15 show;
- More from Lohmann at his home institution The Corner House);
- A shorter reading on the topic from Michael Dorsey here,
- And a debate with Dorsey and Dirk Forrister here, though I'm told Dorsey was not nearly as critical of Forrister as he is clearly capable of being.