Previously published as: Environmental Management and Health
Online from: 2003
Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment
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Article citation: , (2012) "The City as Fulcrum of Global Sustainability", Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 23 Iss: 2, pp. -
Edited by Ernest J. Yanarella and Richard S. Levine
Anthem Press London
Outlining a robust strategy for sustainable city-regions that has emerged from over two-and-a-half decades of theoretical and practical work, The City as Fulcrum of Global Sustainability cuts through the received wisdom and popular misunderstanding surrounding sustainability to demonstrate how global problems can best be addressed at the local-regional scale. Featuring an array of case studies – focussing on both strong and weak examples of sustainable cities – the text delivers a bold message to the urban planners of tomorrow: only the road less traveled holds real promise of creating sustainable city-regions, with this journey requiring the balanced guidance of ecological and technological conviviality.
The authors argue that discrete programs of sustainable development – particularly those that target the “low-hanging fruit” – may not lead to ecological or social sustainability, and may in fact simply perpetuate “less unsustainable” development.
This book is well referenced and comprehensive, presenting the Sustainable Area Budget of a city and its hinterlands as the decision space within which to foster interaction and collaboration in designing an as-yet-untold future.