Sustainicum Collection

Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

Resource facts

  • Less than 5 students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English, German

Resource Description

Turning point in global resource consumption(Resource ID: 81)

This building block focuses on replacing the consumption of nature with human labor without decreasing welfare.

This building block is part of a six-block series from the SUSTAINICUM collection:

This building block presents the production function W=W(L,R). This function illustrates how welfare W is produced with the employment of labor L and natural resources R. The production function also shows how much welfare changes when the employment of labor L and resources R change. The building block shows the increase in demand for labor L that results when resources R become increasingly expensive under the appropriate conditions. The financial resources resulting from this increase in cost flow into making labor L less expensive. With the help of the production function it can be calculated to which degree this changes welfare W. Finally, the building block shows how resource exploitation can be reduced without a noticeable loss in welfare.

Suggested methods for applying this building block, one of the six-part series, in the classroom can be found in the overview building block: From logistic growth to resource turning point- Overview.

Building block materials:

Learning Outcomes
Students should understand and learn to work with the model presented and be capable of relating it to natural, social, and technological realities.
Relevance for Sustainability
The topics dealt with are directly relevant to the question, “Which alternatives exist to the current resource exploitation that have as little effect as possible on welfare?”
Related Teaching Resources
Elementary understanding of mathematical variables and functions.
Sustainability criteria
  • Related to global challenges / needs
Preparation Efforts
Funded by
Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenfächer" (2011/12)

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Hans Peter Aubauer


Helga Kromp-Kolb
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Center for Global Change and Sustainability


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Pillars of Sustainability

  • environment

Teaching Tools & Methods

  • Written material
  • Simulation program
  • Simulation