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The Guide to Greening Cities

Johnston, Sadhu Aufochs, Nicholas, Steven S., Parzen, Julia

2013, XIV, 250 p.


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  • Written by municipal leaders with years of experience planning and implementing successful green city projects
  • Information, advice, and tools gained through interviews with leading municipal staff from across North America
  • A companion website provides additional case studies, video interviews with municipal leaders, and other resources for professionals, policymakers, community leaders, and students
Superstorm Sandy sent a strong message that a new generation of urban development and infrastructure is desperately needed, and it must be designed with resilience in mind. As cities continue to face climate change impacts while growing in population, they find themselves at the center of resilience and green city solutions, yet political and budgetary obstacles threaten even the best-planned initiatives. In The Guide to Greening Cities, seasoned green city leaders Sadhu Johnston, Steven Nicholas, and Julia Parzen use success stories from across North America to show how to turn a green city agenda into reality.

The Guide to Greening Cities is the first book written from the perspective of municipal leaders with successful, on-the-ground experience working to advance green city goals. Through personal reflections and interviews with leading municipal staff in cities from San Antonio to Minneapolis, the authors share lessons for cities to lead by example in their operations, create programs, implement high-priority initiatives, develop partnerships, measure progress, secure funding, and engage the community. Case studies and chapters highlight strategies for overcoming common challenges such as changes of leadership and fiscal austerity. The book is augmented by a companion website, launching with the publication of the book, which offers video interviews of municipal leaders, additional case studies, and other resources.

Rich in tools, insights, and tricks of the trade, The Guide to Greening Cities helps professionals, policymakers, community leaders, and students understand which approaches have worked and why and demonstrates multidisciplinary solutions for creating healthy, just, and green communities.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Recycling - Sustainability - Transportation - Urban planning

Related subjects » Environmental Sciences

Table of contents 

Foreword by Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: The New Urban Imperative

Chapter 1. Greening from the Inside: Stories from Working within City Government

Chapter 2. Leading from the Inside Out: Greening City Buildings and Operations

Case in Point: Assessing Climate Risk and Resilience in Flagstaff

Case in Point: Greening City Fleets in Raleigh

Chapter 3. Leading in the Community: Using City Assets, Policy, Partnerships, and Persuasion

Case in Point: Returning to Green City Roots and Loving El Paso

Case in Point: Sewer Overflows and Sustainable Infrastructure in Philadelphia

Chapter 4. The Green City Leader

Case in Point: Funding Sustainability through Savings in Asheville

Case in Point: Permeable Pavement and the Green Alley Program in Chicago

Chapter 5. Getting Down to Business: Budgeting, Financing, and Green Economic Development

Case in Point: Growing Green Businesses and Jobs in San Antonio

Case in Point: Financing Affordable Housing along Transit Lines in Denver

Chapter 6. Driving Green Progress Using Indicators

Case in Point: Sustainability Performance Management in Minneapolis

Case in Point: Ensuring Sustainability Remains a Priority in New York City

Conclusion: From Green to Resilient Cities


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