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Emerging field of study as cities try to reduce their ecological footprint
With ever increasing trends in urban consumption and production practices, a call for action to mitigate Climate Change is often seen as a way to foster sustainable development. Considerable attention is now being paid to determine what urban sustainability would include. Today there is a pressing need to broaden our knowledge and apply new concepts and frameworks to development of modern cities. Building on the foregoing, this book attempts to bring together and discuss concepts, tools, frameworks and best practices to cope with the emerging challenges faced by cities today. The book will be of use to policy makers, city planners, practitioners and academics who are starting to project what modern cities would need to do in terms of energy efficiency, mobility, planning and design of habitat and infrastructure and adapting to climate change.
SECTION 1: URBAN POLICIES AND PRACTICES.- Is Smart Growth Really So Smart?.- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool in reducing a community’s ecological footprint.- Resource-Centered Cities and the Opportunity of Shrinkage.- Understanding Local Government Resilience: A case study on how the local government of Marikina City reacted to the flood in September 2009.- SECTION 2: URBAN TRANSPORTATION.- Urban Public Transportation System in the Context of Climate Change Mitigation: Emerging Issues and Research Needs in India.- Emissions Models as a Design Tool for Urban Transportation Planners.- Mobility With the Focus on Mitigating Climate Change In Urban Centers: Open Innovation and Pricing as Key Elements for Customer-Focused Strategies and Measures.- An Approach to tackle Urban Congestion and Vehicle Emission by manipulating Transport Operations and Vehicle Mix.- SECTION 3: URBAN REMODELLING.- Climate Change and Cities – Mitigation through the Effective Management of Waste.- Multiplier Effect: High Performance Construction Assemblies and Urban Density in US Housing.- Climate change impacts on housing energy consumption and its adaptation pathways.- European citizens, carbon footprints and their determinants – lifestyles and urban form.- Assessment of Urban Heat Island and Mitigation by Urban Green Coverage.- Urban climate change mitigation in Mexico City: Innovative solutions in Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants.