Can A City Be Sustainable?

Can A City Be Sustainable?

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Cities are the world’s future. Today, more than half of the global population—3.7 billion people—are urban dwellers, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? In the latest edition of State of the World, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting them into practice.

State of the World first puts our current moment in context, tracing cities in the arc of human history. It also examines the basic structural elements of every city: materials and fuels; people and economics; and biodiversity. In part two, professionals working on some of the world’s most inventive urban sustainability projects share their first-hand experience. Success stories come from places as diverse as Ahmedabad, India; Freiburg, Germany; and Shanghai, China. In many cases, local people are acting to improve their cities, even when national efforts are stalled. Parts three and four examine cross-cutting issues that affect the success of all cities. Topics range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government.

Throughout, readers discover the most pressing challenges facing communities and the most promising solutions currently being developed. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow.    

Cities are the world’s future. Today, more than half of the global population—3.7 billion people—are urban dwellers, and that number is expected to double by 2050. There is no question that cities are growing; the only debate is over how they will grow. Will we invest in the physical and social infrastructure necessary for livable, equitable, and sustainable cities? In the latest edition of State of the World, the flagship publication of the Worldwatch Institute, experts from around the globe examine the core principles of sustainable urbanism and profile cities that are putting them into practice. From Ahmedabad, India to Freiburg, Germany, local people are acting to improve their cities, even when national efforts are stalled. Issues examined range from the nitty-gritty of handling waste and developing public transportation to civic participation and navigating dysfunctional government. The result is a snapshot of cities today and a vision for global urban sustainability tomorrow.     


Baker & Taylor
Presents a clear-eyed yet ultimately optimistic assessment of citizens' ability to govern for sustainability, highlighting both obstacles and opportunities. Original.

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The Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization in the US that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues, presents an assessment of sustainability in cities and surveys the core principles of sustainability, along with cities that are applying them. It addresses what a sustainable city looks like, cities throughout history, the effect of cities on resources, and energy constraints; urban climate challenges like greenhouse gas emissions, global sprawl, the environmental footprint of and energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy, sustainable transportation, source reduction and recycling of waste, solid waste, and rural-urban migration, lifestyles, and deforestation; and politics, equity, and livability issues like biodiversity, urban planning for diversity and social cohesion, and urbanization, inclusion, and social justice. Included are profiles of Shanghai, China; Freiburg, Germany; Melbourne, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; Singapore; Ahmedabad and Pune, India; Barcelona, Spain; Portland, Oregon; Jerusalem, Israel; and Durban, South Africa. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

Publisher: Washington :, Island Press,, [2016]
Description: xxxii, 414 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781610917551
1610917553
Branch Call Number: 307.1216 Can

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