On Sustainability Journal Award

The On Sustainability Journal Collection offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the On Sustainability Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 12

Implementing Bioremediation Technologies to Degrade Chemical Warfare Agents and Explosives from War Affected Regions in Sri Lanka

Chemical agents used during the Sri Lankan civil war continue to threaten human and environmental health as affected areas are re-settled. Bioremediation is a cost-effective and eco-friendly approach to degrading chemical agents and has greater public acceptance than chemical degradation. Baseline data on contaminant distribution, environmental parameters, and indigenous microbes are required before bioremediation can commence. The culture and isolate of suitable microbes and enzymes should be followed by laboratory trials before field application and long-term monitoring of contaminant concentration, soil parameters, microbial ecology, and public health to monitor environmental and public health. As local people are not aware of the persistence of warfare chemicals and do not understand the potential impacts on human health, community awareness programs are required. Active community participation and collaboration with international and local agencies would contribute to the success of bioremediation and the effective removal of chemical agents in war-affected areas of Sri Lanka.

Past Award Winners

Volume 11

Sustaining African Cities: Urban Hunger and Sustainable Development in East Africa

Brown, Andrea M.. 2015. "Sustaining African Cities: Urban Hunger and Sustainable Development in East Africa." The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review 11 (1): 1-12.



Volume 9

A Systematic Search of Trends in Rural Development Research: Type of Research, Originating Regions, and Engagement with Sustainability

Neus (Snowy) Evans, Michelle Lasen, and Komla Tsey, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review, Volume 9, pp. 1-17


Volume 8

Avenue J: Lessons from the Past and from Nature to Heal Lubbock’s Future

David A. Driskill, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review, Volume 8, pp.11-27


Volume 7

Incorporating Community Governance: Planning Sustainable Energy Security

Diane Costello, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.349-366


Volume 6

Social Sustainability and Ecotourism: Rethinking Development for Social and Environmental well-being in the Caribbean

Veronica Dujon, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.181-192


Volume 5

Community Sustainability and Social Justice: Whose Vision?

Diane Costello and Brian Bishop, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.141-160