John Telesford

John Telesford
T.A. Marryshow Community College · School of Continuing Education

DBA (Sustainability & Business in an island context)
Metabolism of islands- material and energy flows, service/flow/stocks nexus; island industrial ecology

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November 2014 - present
T.A. Marryshow Community College
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
February 2009 - June 2014
Robert Gordon University
Field of study
  • Business and sustainable development in island contexts

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Publications (25)
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Grenada, a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in the Caribbean, proposed a blue growth plan that is inclined to investments in tourism infrastructure along the coast. This raises concerns about the vulnerability of SIDS to the pressures of climate change. But this tourism centric approach is expected, as the sector contributes significantly to ec...
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Can mitigation of the spread and transmission of COVID-19 cases on islands, especially in the Caribbean, be attributed to the fact that they are just that: islands? As the corona crisis escalated in 2020, island authorities initially were able to keep COVID-19 cases low and mitigate their spread by implementing unprecedented actions, foremost among...
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Tourism-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are a central driver of anthropogenic climate change. At the same time, climate change has both direct and indirect impacts on tourism, varying from damages of tourist assets due to extreme weather events, to losses of biodiversity. Small island developing states (SIDS) heavily depend on international...
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Can a small island state be sustainable? Small islands often suffer from a myriad of sustainability challenges owing to their remoteness, size, dependency on imports, and limited waste absorption capacity. Most imports end up as waste accumulation in dumpsites at the end of their life-cycle, representing a one-way material flow. The concept of the...
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The building stock consumes large amounts of resources for maintenance and expansion which is only exacerbated by disaster events where large‐scale reconstruction must occur quickly. Recent research has shown the potential for application of material stock (MS) accounts for informing disaster risk planning. In this research, we present a methodolog...
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This paper presents the development of applied research components linked to a STEM programme in Environmental Sustainability Practices (ESP). The programme is embedded in the competency- based education and training (CBET) model and it anticipates the need for highly educated and trained sustainability practitioners, who will be excellent sustaina...
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This article illustrates how strategic sustainability procedures (SSPs) can be applied in the tourism accommodation sector in the Caribbean island of Grenada. SSPs are conceptualized from an adapted framework for strategic sustainable development (FSSD). Part 1 of the adapted FSSD defines the vision for the sustainability of the socio-ecological sy...
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This position paper for Grenada, a small island in the Caribbean, was prepared to support the Non States Actors Panel Alternative Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy. The paper suggests a transition from consumerism which promotes growth, but with serious environmental and social consequences, to sustainability, where equity and self-reliance is...
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A position paper in support of the Non States Actors Panel Alternative Growth and Poverty Reductions Strategy. The paper is written for Grenada, a small island in the Caribbean, and focuses on the issues of the island's carbon foot and sole dependence on imported fossil fuels . The paper suggests ways of reducing these, with a view of making energy...
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Competent, highly skilled and environmentally literate practitioners are required for the coming ‘Age of Sustainable Development’, due to be ushered in by mid-2015. In this new ‘age’, the stresses on the global and local socio-ecological systems will be once again placed under the microscope. Additionally, renewed effort will be marshaled under a p...
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Abstract The main aims of this paper are to demonstrate (1) how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) contributes to Sustainable Development (SD) and (2) the importance of sustainable ICT in this regard. The fact that the role of ICT in SD features in the main discussion document of the RIO+20 Conference epitomizes this importance. SD dep...
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This article examines the role of facilities management in ensuring the sustainability of higher education institutions, with particular reference to ecological sustainable development (ESD). It describes an ESD model, developed by the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association, for incorporating sustainability into facilities management,...

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This special issue seeks to address a broad spectrum of themes that demonstrate the role(s) of the SDGs in underpinning and contributing to sustainability research. We are interested however, in papers that highlight trans and inter-disciplinary research.
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Using the Caribbean nation of Grenada as a case study, this project aims to establish national material stock accounts for buildings and civil infrastructure, and identify potential vulnerabilities under varying scenarios. Small islands are particularly vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events. Drawing on material stock accounts, this project aims to identify policies that Grenada can leverage to adapt to climate change.
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To analyse the barriers and opportunities for transitioning small island energy sectors to sustainable energy setors