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Toward sustainable communities : resources for citizens and their governments
Roseland, Mark.
Personal Author:
Revised and updated edition.
Publication Information:
Gabriola Island, BC ; New Haven, CT : New Society Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
xiv, 241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Format :


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HT166 .R67 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HT166 .R67 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Toward Sustainable Communities offers practical suggestions and innovative solutions to a wide range of municipal and community problems in clear, accessible language. Topics include transportation and traffic management, energy conservation and efficiency, land use and housing, water and sewage, waste reduction and recycling, atmospheric change and air quality, governance, and economic and community development in the context of achieving a "sustainable community." Chapters include "Tools" and "Initiatives" sections, plus essential contacts and references including e-mail and web addresses.

Author Notes

Mark Roseland is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia



"Towns and cities face increasing pressure to undertake development initiatives that are sustainable at the same time that more and more services are being downloaded to the municipal level. Caught in this trap between rising expectations on the one hand and increasing costs on the other, local governments are required to be more creative than ever before." "This newly revised third edition of the best-selling classic text offers practical suggestions and innovative solutions to a range of community problems, including: energy efficiency, transportation, land use housing, waste reduction, recycling air quality, and governance." "In clear language, with updated tools, initiatives and resources, a new preface and foreword, this sustainable practices guide remains the best resource available for both citizens and governments."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Editionp. x
Forewordp. xii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Part 1 Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Planetp. 1
1 The Context for Sustainable Communitiessp. 2
Thinking Globallyp. 2
Sustainable Developmentp. 3
Community Capitalp. 4
Doing Development Differentlyp. 12
Referencesp. 14
2 Toward Sustainable Communitiesp. 17
Sustainable Communities North and Southp. 17
The Unsustainable Communityp. 18
The Sustainable Communityp. 20
Mobilizing Citizens and Their Governmentsp. 26
3 Making Community Policyp. 31
Policy Issues for Local Governmentsp. 31
Policy Instrumentsp. 32
Constraints on Implementationp. 39
Part 2 Sustainable Community Building Blocksp. 43
4 Greening the Cityp. 44
Rethinking Urban Green Spacep. 45
Urban Agriculturep. 51
Urban Aquatic Systemsp. 54
Resourcesp. 56
5 Water and Sewagep. 60
Supply and Demandp. 60
Water Quality and Sewage Treatmentp. 65
Integrated Resource Planningp. 70
Resourcesp. 71
6 Waste Reduction and Recyclingp. 74
Source Reductionp. 74
Reusep. 76
Recycling and Recoveryp. 78
Compostingp. 79
Resourcesp. 84
7 Energy Efficiency and Renewablesp. 87
Energy Efficiencyp. 87
Environmentally Responsible Energy Supplyp. 94
Community Planning and Management Issuesp. 98
Resourcesp. 100
8 Atmospheric Change and Air Qualityp. 103
Local Air Qualityp. 103
Climate Changep. 104
Ozone Layer Depletionp. 104
Economic Benefits of Addressing Atmospheric Changep. 108
Resourcesp. 111
9 Transportation Planning and Traffic Managementp. 114
True Costs of Drivingp. 115
Technical Fixesp. 117
Reducing Automobile Dependencyp. 118
Resourcesp. 128
10 Land Use and Urban Formp. 133
Land Use and Transportationp. 133
Density and Housingp. 135
The Costs of Sprawlp. 136
Changing the Pattern of Growthp. 138
New Urbanismp. 139
Social Benefits of Compact Communitiesp. 145
Resourcesp. 150
11 Housing and Community Developmentp. 154
More than a Roof over our Headsp. 154
Healthy Communitiesp. 161
Resourcesp. 165
12 Community Economic Developmentp. 168
Development Redefinedp. 168
Environmental Responsibilityp. 173
Rethinking Economic Developmentp. 182
Resourcesp. 184
Part 3 Mobilizing Citizens and Their Governmentsp. 189
13 Governing Sustainable Communitiesp. 190
Public Participationp. 190
The Role of Local Governmentp. 193
Planning for Actionp. 196
14 Tools for Community Sustainabilityp. 207
Planningp. 207
Assessmentp. 209
Tools in Actionp. 211
Resourcesp. 215
15 Lessons and Challengesp. 219
Lessons for Policy-Makingp. 220
The Challenges Aheadp. 222
Appendix Sustainable Community Resourcesp. 225