Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities

ISBN-10: 0262518279
ISBN-13: 9780262518277
Edition: 2nd 2013
Authors: Kent E. Portney
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/11/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Today most major cities have undertaken some form of sustainability initiative. Yetthere have been few systematic comparisons across cities, or theoretically grounded considerationsof what works and what does not, and why. In Taking Sustainable CitiesSeriously, Kent Portney addresses this gap, offering a comprehensive overview andanalysis of sustainability programs and policies in American cities. After discussing the conceptualunderpinnings of sustainability, he examines the local aspects of sustainability; considers themeasurement of sustainability and offers an index of "serious" sustainability for thefifty-five largest cities in the country; examines the relationship between sustainability andeconomic growth; and discusses issues of governance, equity, and implementation. He also offersextensive case studies, with separate chapters on large, medium-size, and small cities, and providesan empirically grounded analysis of why some large cities are more ambitious than others in theirsustainability efforts. This second edition has been updated throughout, with new material thatdraws on the latest research. It also offers numerous additional case studies, a new chapter onmanagement and implementation issues, and a greatly expanded comparative analysis of big-citysustainability initiatives. Portney shows how cities use the broad rubric of sustainability toachieve particular political ends, and he dispels the notion that only cities that are politicallyliberal are interested in sustainability. Taking Sustainable Cities Seriouslydraws a roadmap for effective sustainability initiatives.

Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Conceptual Foundations of Sustainable Cities: Sustainability, Sustainable Economic Development, and Sustainable Communities
Measuring the Seriousness of Sustainable Cities
The Environment, Energy, and Sustainability in Cities
The Economic Development Side of Sustainability: Growth versus Smart Growth
Communitarian and Participatory Foundations of Sustainable Cities: Solutions to the Tragedy of the Commons, the NIMBY Syndrome, and Transboundary Impacts?
Is a Sustainable City a More Egalitarian Place? Sustainable Cities, Environmental Equity, and Social Justice
The Implementation of City Sustainability Policies
Sustainability in the "Big Five" US Cities: A Story of Rapid Change
The Medium-Sized Cities That Take Sustainability Seriously: Profiles of Eight Cities
Sustainability Approaches and Results in Three Smaller Cities
Why Some Cities Take Sustainability More Seriously Than Others: Correlational Patterns across Cities
Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Summary and Conclusions
Notes
References
Index
Series List

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