Steering Sustainability in an Urbanising World: Policy, Practice and Performance

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Dr Anitra Nelson
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Nov 28, 2012 - Political Science - 290 pages
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Sustainability has become the key challenge for urban planners, housing and infrastructure policy makers. Citizens are increasingly encouraged to live more compactly; in denser urban developments, to use less water and other natural resources and to choose public transport.

While councils, government agencies and private business invest in a broad range of promotions offering discounts on sustainable products and services, uptake has been slow and the impacts marginal at a time when environmental stresses suggest that we must act fast.

This book examines this pressing problem in a holistic way, discussing broad-scale sustainability policies and programmes for achieving sustainable urban futures. It brings together academics and practitioners to analyze the complexity and interdependence of principles, models, processes and practices of sustainability in a range of integrated sectors as well as the establishment and maintenance of sustainable physical infrastructure in cities.

 

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Contents

A Sustainable Cities Framework for Housing
17
Concepts Initiatives and the Purpose of Cities
31
Policy Approaches Incorporating Life Cycle Assessment
55
A Critical Element of a Sustainable
69
Policy
83
Indicators Audits and Measuring Success
99
Integrated Waste Management and Zero Waste
125
Community Action and Engagement for Sustainability
139
An Urban Sustainability Demonstration Site
153
Local MultiStakeholder Partnerships for Sustainability
175
VicUrban
189
Who Can Afford Sustainable Housing?
203
Nurturing Nature in the City
227
Sustainable Futures
253
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Anitra Nelson is Senior Research Associate, RMIT-AHURI, Australia.

Mike Berry, Anitra Nelson, Peter Newman, Paul F. Downton, Dick Copeman, Tim Grant, Alan Pears, Jan Scheurer, Richard Hyde, Richard Moore, Lydia Kavanagh, Melinda Watt, Karen Schianetz, Joe Hurley, David Mercer, Glenn Eales, Nutana Donaldson, James Whelan, Mike Hill, Lorna Pitt, Richard Denniss, Tavis Potts, John Merson, Michael Kachka, Tony Dalton, Geoff Binder, Bill Randolph, Margaret Kam, Peter Graham, Ralph Horne, Wim Hafkamp, Margaret Lee, Sarah Bekessy, Ascelin Gordon, Mark Gibson Ingrid Richardson.

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