Green Urbanism Down Under: Learning from Sustainable Communities in Australia / Edition 2 by Timothy Beatley, Peter Newman | | 9781597264129 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Green Urbanism Down Under: Learning from Sustainable Communities in Australia / Edition 2

Green Urbanism Down Under: Learning from Sustainable Communities in Australia / Edition 2

by Timothy Beatley, Peter Newman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597264121

ISBN-13: 9781597264129

Pub. Date: 11/06/2008

Publisher: Island Press

In this immensely practical book, Timothy Beatley sets out to answer a simple question: what can Americans learn from Australians about “greening” city life? Green Urbanism Down Under reports on the current state of “sustainability practice” in Australia and the many lessons that U.S. residents can learn from
the best Australian

Overview

In this immensely practical book, Timothy Beatley sets out to answer a simple question: what can Americans learn from Australians about “greening” city life? Green Urbanism Down Under reports on the current state of “sustainability practice” in Australia and the many lessons that U.S. residents can learn from
the best Australian programs and initiatives.
 
Australia is similar to the United States in many ways, especially in its “energy footprint.” For example, Australia’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions are second only to those of the United States. A similar percentage of its residents live in cities (85 percent in Australia vs. 80 percent in the United States). And it suffers from parallel problems of air and water pollution, a national dependence on automobiles, and high fossil fuel consumption. Still, after traveling throughout Australia, Beatley finds that there are myriad creative responses to these problems—and that they offer instructive examples for the United States.
 
Green Urbanism Down Under is a very readable collection of solutions.
Although many of these innovative solutions are little-known outside Australia, they all present practical possibilities for U.S. cities. Beatley describes “green transport” projects, “city farms,” renewable energy plans, green living programs, and much more. He considers a host of public policy initiatives and scrutinizes regional and state planning efforts for answers. In closing, he shares his impressions about how Australian results might be applied to U.S. problems.
 
This is a unique book: hopeful, constructive, and filled with ideas that have been proven to work. It is a “must read” for anyone who cares about the future of American cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597264129
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
11/06/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: A Different Land, Similar Challenges
Chapter 2. Greening and Sustaining Cities
Chapter 3. New and Hopeful Perspectives on Ecological Assets
Chapter 4. Strengthening Place, Building Community
Chapter 5. Bush Cities: America's Urban Ecological Capitals
Chapter 6. Regional and State Sustainability Planning
Chapter 7. Learning from Australia: Some Concluding Thoughts on the Value of Comparative
 
Afterword \ Peter Newman

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