Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems: Principles and Practices

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Overview

Modern city dwellers are largely detached from the environmental effects of their daily lives. The sources of the water they drink, the food they eat, and the energy they consume are all but invisible, often coming from other continents, and their waste ends up in places beyond their city boundaries.

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems shows how cities and their residents can begin to reintegrate into their bioregional environment, and how cities themselves can be planned with nature’s organizing principles in mind. Taking cues from living systems for sustainability strategies, Newman and Jennings reassess urban design by exploring flows of energy, materials, and information, along with the interactions between human and non-human parts of the system.

Drawing on examples from all corners of the world, the authors explore natural patterns and processes that cities can emulate in order to move toward sustainability. Some cities have adopted simple strategies such as harvesting rainwater, greening roofs, and producing renewable energy. Others have created biodiversity parks for endangered species, community gardens that support a connection to their foodshed, and pedestrian-friendly spaces that encourage walking and cycling.

A powerful model for urban redevelopment, Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems describes aspects of urban ecosystems from the visioning process to achieving economic security to fostering a sense of place.

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Editorial Reviews

Ecological Restoration

"...the authors have written an excellent book on a subject of great interest and scope... the contents of this book will encourage readers to explore in greater detail the growing literature on urban ecology and urban sustainability, an end in itselfachievement that is a marvelous achievment."

— Christopher Boone

Ecological Restoration - Christopher Boone

"...the authors have written an excellent book on a subject of great interest and scope... the contents of this book will encourage readers to explore in greater detail the growing literature on urban ecology and urban sustainability, an end in itselfachievement that is a marvelous achievment."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597261883
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 875,947
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Newman is professor of city policy and director of the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. He recently completed a Fulbright scholarship, which he spent at the University of Virginia studying sustainability initiatives in the U.S. He is the author of Sustainability and Cities (Island Press, 1999).

Isabella Jennings is a graduate student in the School of Environmental Science at Murdoch University. Her past and current research is related to the cities as sustainable ecosystems idea.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     IX
Introducing Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems     2
Vision     8
Economy and Society     32
Biodiversity     64
Ecological Footprints     80
Modeling Cities on Ecosystems     92
Sense of Place     144
Empowerment and Participation     156
Partnerships     168
Sustainable Production and Consumption     188
Governance and Hope     216
Conclusions     238
Extracts from the "Local Government Declaration to the World Summit on Sustainable Development," 2002     242
The Carbon Cycle     244
The Nitrogen Cycle     246
The Phosphorus Cycle     248
The Hydrological Cycle     250
Notes     253
Glossary     259
Online Resources     265
References     269
Index     277
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