The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns can Change to Sustainable Practices [NOOK Book]

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Sustainability may seem like one more buzzword and cities and towns like the last places to change, but The Natural Step for Communities provides inspiring examples of communities that have made dramatic changes toward sustainability and explains how others can emulate their success.

Chronicled in the book are towns like Övertorneå, whose government operations recently became 100 percent fossil fuel-free, demonstrating that unsustainable municipal practices really can be ...

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The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns can Change to Sustainable Practices

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Overview

Sustainability may seem like one more buzzword and cities and towns like the last places to change, but The Natural Step for Communities provides inspiring examples of communities that have made dramatic changes toward sustainability and explains how others can emulate their success.

Chronicled in the book are towns like Övertorneå, whose government operations recently became 100 percent fossil fuel-free, demonstrating that unsustainable municipal practices really can be overhauled. Arguing that the process of introducing change—whether converting to renewable energy or designing compact development—is critical to success, the authors outline why well-intentioned proposals often fail to win community approval and why an integrated approach—not "single-issue" initiatives—can surmount challenges of conflicting priorities, scarce resources and turf battles.

The book first clarifies the concept of sustainability, offering guiding principles—the Natural Step framework—that help identify sustainable action in any area. It then introduces the 60+ eco-municipalities of Sweden that have adopted changes to sustainable practices throughout municipal policies and operations. The third section explains how they did it and outlines how other communities in North America and elsewhere can do the same. Key to success is a democratic, "bottom-up" change process and clear guiding sustainability principles, such as the Natural Step framework.

The book will appeal to both general readers wishing to understand better what sustainability means and practitioners interested in introducing or expanding sustainable development in their communities.

Sarah James is the principal of a community planning consulting firm. She co-authored the American Planning Association’s Planning for Sustainability Policy Guide and has published articles throughout the U.S. on this subject.

Torbjörn Lahti was the planner for Sweden’s first eco-municipality and is directing a five-year sustainable community demonstration project. He was instrumental in forming the Swedish National Association of Eco-municipalities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550924008
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Sarah James is the principal of a city and town planning consulting firm specializing in participatory planning methods. She co-authored the American Planning Association's Planning for Sustainability Policy guide, and has published articles and given workshops throughout the United States on this subject. Torbjörn Lahti is the project director for Sustainable Robertsfors, a five-year sustainable community demonstration project. He was the project planner for Sweden's first eco-municipality, Övertorneå, and was instrumental in the formation of SeKom, the Swedish national association of eco-municipalities.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the bumblebee that changed the world
Pt. I Compass for change : the natural step framework for sustainability 1
Ch. 1 Introducing and using the natural step framework 2
Ch. 2 Sustainability : the trouble we have talking about it 15
Ch. 3 The natural step approach : why is it useful? 20
Pt. II Practices that changed 27
Ch. 4 The eco-municipalities of Sweden : a little background 28
Ch. 5 Changing to renewable energy sources 32
Ch. 6 Getting away from fossil-fueled vehicles : transportation and mobility 49
Ch. 7 Ecological housing 60
Ch. 8 Green businesses; green buildings 76
Ch. 9 Journeys to self-sufficiency : community eco-economic development 97
Ch. 10 Ecological schools; ecological education 112
Ch. 11 Sustainable agriculture : growing healthy; growing locally 128
Ch. 12 Dealing with waste 141
Ch. 13 Natural resources : protecting biodiversity 154
Ch. 14 Sustainable land use and planning 162
Pt. III How communities can change 177
Ch. 15 What gets in the way of change? 178
Ch. 16 Three change processes that work 182
Ch. 17 Steps to change 203
Ch. 18 Inside the head of a process leader 222
App. A Location map 241
App. B Guide to Swedish name pronunciation 242
App. C National association of Swedish ecomunicipalities (SeKom) members in 2002 245
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