Environmental Science/Climate Change & Mitigation

Sustainable Cities
Urban Planning Challenges and Policy

Editor: Kimberly Etingoff

Sustainable Cities

Published. Now available.
Pub Date: June 2016
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771883184
E-Book ISBN: 9781771883191
Pages: 290pp with index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 23 b/w illustrations

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.



Two trends come together in the world's cities to make urban sustainability a critical issue today. First, greater and greater numbers of people are living in urban areas—and are projected to do so for the foreseeable future. Additionally, cities contribute to climate change in a significant way and must make systemic changes to mitigate and adapt to climate change effects. Urban planners face serious challenges in enhancing sustainability but also have an important set of tools available for creating innovative solutions. This book, Sustainable Cities: Urban Planning Challenges and Policy, adds to the conversation about the place of urban planning in the creation and maintenance of sustainable cities.

Urban sustainability has a variety of dimensions.
  • The first section of this book covers the “greening” of cities—introducing natural elements into the cityscape as a way to achieve sustainability.
  • The second part focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation as pressing challenges facing modern cities.
  • The third section includes chapters on on land use management practices and infrastructure as ways to build more sustainable cities particularly around transportation.
  • Finally, the fourth section recognizes the crucial dimension of water for cities around the world, and describes some water challenges and potential solutions.
Together, the book covers a range of planning policy tools useful for improving sustainability and resilience of urban areas.

CONTENTS:
Introduction

Part I: Cities and Nature
1. Biophilic Cities Are Sustainable, Resilient Cities
Timothy Beatley and Peter Newman
2. Reconnecting Cities to the Biosphere: Stewardship of Green Infrastructure and Urban Ecosystem Services
Erik Andersson, Stephan Barthel, Sara Borgström, Johan Colding, Thomas Elmqvist, Carl Folke, and Åsa Gren
3. Implementing Local Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Actions: The Role of Various Policy Instruments in a Multi-Level Governance Context
E. Carina H. Keskitalo, Sirkku Juhola, Nina Baron, Håkon Fyhn, and Johannes Klein

Part II: Addressing Climate Change
4. Accounting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Materials at the Urban Scale-Relating Existing Process Life Cycle Assessment Studies to Urban Material and Waste Composition
Meidad Kissinger, Cornelia Sussmann, Jennie Moore, and William E. Rees
5. Does Size Matter? Scaling of CO2 Emissions and U.S. Urban Areas
Michail Fragkias, José Lobo, Deborah Strumsky, and Karen C. Seto

Part III: Sustainable Land Use and Infrastructure
6. Assessment of Soil Sealing Management Responses, Strategies, and Targets Toward Ecologically Sustainable Urban Land Use Management
Martina Artmann
7. Developing a Sustainability Assessment Model: The Sustainable Infrastructure, Land-Use, Environment and Transport Model
Tan Yigitcanlar, and Fatih Dur
8. Quantifying the Total Cost of Infrastructure to Enable Environmentally Preferable Decisions: The Case of Urban Roadway Design
Conrad A. Gosse and Andres F. Clarens

Part IV: Urban Water Supply
9. Quantifying the Total Cost of Infrastructure to Enable Environmentally Preferable Decisions: The Case of Urban Roadway Design
Conrad A. Gosse and Andres F. Clarens
10. Discussion on Sustainable Water Technologies for Peri-Urban Areas of Mexico City: Balancing Urbanization and Environmental Conservation
Tiemen A. Nanninga, Iemke Bisschops, Eduardo López, José Luis Martínez-Ruiz, Daniel Murillo, Laura Essl, and Markus Starkl
11. Global Analysis of Urban Surface Water Supply Vulnerability
Julie C. Padowski and Steven M. Gorelick
Index


About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Kimberly Etingoff
Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Kim Etingoff has a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University. She is currently researching a report on food resiliency within the city of Boston as part of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. She participated in the Practical Visionaries Workshop team that worked in partnership with Alternatives for Community and Environment to support a community food-planning process based in a Boston neighborhood, which was oriented toward creating a vehicle for community action around urban food issues, providing extensive background research to ground the resident-led planning process. She has worked in the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and has also coordinated and developed programs in urban agriculture and nutrition education. In addition, she has many years of experience researching, writing, and editing educational books on environmental and food issues.




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