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The Economy of Green Cities

A World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy

Series: Local Sustainability, Vol. 3

Simpson, Richard, Zimmermann, Monika (Eds.)

2012, XXXVIII, 450 p.

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  • Offers insight into what a Green Urban Economy could constitute for greener cities and sustainable urban development
  • Provides concrete examples and methods for sustainable urban development policy
  • Illustrates the advantages of combining economic interests with environmental considerations with practical examples
  • Brings together experts from research, the private sector, international organizations and local governments to stimulate new thinking, research and action

Green Economy is a key theme of the June 2012 Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The inclusive Green Urban Economy approach embodies a challenge to local government leaders and city practitioners to apply existing tools and methods in new ways to develop innovative approaches by engaging economic-environmental considerations and stakeholders in a much more active fashion.


This volume bridges the gap between the global promotion of the Green Economy and the manifestation of this new development strategy at the urban level. Green cities are an imperative solution, not only in meeting global environmental challenges but also in helping to ensure socio-economic prosperity at the local level.


Environmentalists must learn to understand the language and dynamics of the economy, and to combine important economic interests (such as cost savings) with ecological interests (such as saving of resources). Business and economic leaders must also understand and accommodate ecological interests to advance social improvement and sustainable development.


The editors compiled contributions of varying perspectives and practical experiences from the emerging fields of environmental economics, urban development and green cities, along with concrete examples from city governments.


The Economy of Green Cities documents and demonstrates the different layers of knowledge required for a Green Urban Economy. The compendium supports researchers, business thinkers and practitioners to explore, detail and discuss an urban Green Economy agenda.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Cities and urban development - Green Urban Economy - Local Authorities - Local Governments - Sustainable Urban Development

Related subjects » Geography - Political Science - Population Studies - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

PART I: Agenda Setting for the Urban Future with a Green Urban Economy        


1. Introduction: Agenda Setting for the Urban Future with a Green Urban Economy

Monika Zimmermann and Richard Simpson     


PART II: Setting a Green Economy Agenda for Cities


2. Introduction: Setting a Green Economy Agenda for Cities

Richard Simpson    


3. New Urban Spaces: The Emergence of Green Economies

Kenneth Odero       


4. Environmental Discourse and Economic Growth in the Greening of Post-Industrial Cities

Corina Mckendry    


5. Sustainable Urban Transformation and the Green Urban Economy

Kes Mccormick, Stefan Anderberg and Lana Neij


6. Green Cities: Benefits of Urban Sustainability

Essam Hassan Mohamed Ahmed           


7. Working in Green Cities: Improving the Urban Environment While Creating Jobs and Enhancing Working Conditions

Edmundo Werna    


8. Sustainable Development for Cities and Citizens: Green Housing, Employment and Transport

Asif Kabani and Maliha Kabani   


9. Cities and the Green Economy

Philipp Rode


10. Green Cities Into Practice

Vito Albino and Rosa Maria Dangelico  


11. Emerging-Market Cities Could Set a New Standard for Sustainable Development

Jonathan Woetzel, Shannon Bouton, Molly Lindsay  


PART III: Joining Forces to Accelerate Action   


12. Introduction: Joining Forces to Accelerate Action

Phoebe Stirling       


13. Accelerating Green Urban Growth

Bernd Hendriksen and Eric Copius Peereboom          


14. Linking Green City Politics with Green Business

Ulrich Mans and Sara Meerow     


15. Policy Instruments for Promoting a Green Urban Economy: The Changing Role of the State

Golam Rasul


16. Local Sustainability: Driving Green Urban Economies Through Public Engagement

Rosalie Callway      


17. We Know Enough: Achieving Action Through the Convergence of Sustainable Community Development and the Social Economy

Sean Connelly, Sean Markey, and Mark Roseland     


18. Seven Conditions for Effective Green Governance

Rula Taher Qalyoubi          


PART IV: Strategies and Approaches for Greening Urban Economies        


19. Introduction: Strategies and Approaches for Greening Urban Economies

Shay Kelleher         


20. The Economics of Low Carbon Cities: Approaches to a City-Scale Mini-Stern Review

Andy Gouldson, Niall Kerr, Corrado Topi, Ellie Dawkins, Johan Kuylenstierna and Richard Pearce   


21. City Development Strategies and the Transition Towards a Green Urban Economy

Le-Yin Zhang          


22. Low Carbon Enterprise Zones: Towards a Fossil Fuel Free City Economy

Philip Monaghan    


23. Green Clusters and the Entrepreneurial Local Government: Portland’s Economic Development Strategy

Art Von Lehe and Shay Kelleher 


24. Green Cities Require Green Housing: Advancing the Economic and Environmental Sustainability of Housing and Slum Upgrading in Cities in Developing Countries

Matthew French and Christophe Lalande         


25. EcoMobility and its Benefits in an Urban Context

Santhosh Kodukula           


26. Assessing the Cost of Groundwater Degradation in the Urbanizing Desert Area of Wadi El Natrun

Caroline King and Boshra Salem


27. Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment of Domestic Grey Water: An Instrument of the Green Economy to Realize the Millennium Development Goals

Gopalsamy Poyyamoli, Golda Edwin and Nandhivarman Muthu     


28. Decentralized Composting in Asian Cities: Lessons Learned and Future Potential in Meeting the Green Urban Economy

Dickella Premakumara


29. Biodiversity and Culture, Two Key Ingredients for a Truly Green Urban Economy:  Learning From Agriculture and Forestry Policies in Kanazawa City, Japan

Raquel Moreno-Peñaranda          


30. An Economic Assessment of the Deforestation of Ghana’s Garden City of West Africa

Jonathan Quartey   


31. Financing a Green Urban Economy: The Potential of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

Maike Sippel and Axel Michaelowa        


PART V: Experiences and Examples from City Governments           


32. Introduction: Experiences and Examples from City Governments

Steven Bland           


33. Synergies Between Environment and Economy Within a City Administration - Experiences Made by the City of Hannover, Germany

Hans Mönninghoff 


34. Auckland Council: Creating a Transformational Shift Towards a Sustainable Eco-Economy

Paul Chambers and Andrew Walters     


35. Sustainable Urban Development Policy in the Region of Flanders

Jan De Mulder         


36. Greening the Local Economy Through Municipal Sustainable Procurement Policies: Implementation Challenges and Successes in Western Canada

Andrew Kemp and Amelia Clarke           


37. City of Raleigh Office of Sustainability: Green Building Training Program

Lynn Graham, Emily Steele, Anna Leonard, Jen Baker, and Julian Prosser          


38. Changing to a Sustainable Socio-Economic System: A Challenge for Kyoto as a Historic City

Makoto Ueda           



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