Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities, and Regions / Edition 1

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Overview

Communities face substantial challenges—a changing climate, a housing crisis, the end of cheap oil, shifting demographics and lifestyles, and substantially declining federal, state, and local revenues. This is a step-by-step guidebook for urban planners and urban designers to implement a "green action plan" for cities small and large as well as private development. The guidebook delineates both sequential and parallel sets of instructions for the creation of comprehensive action plans that encompass all the major elements of sustainability, from land use plans to solid waste to economics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470536476
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Series: Wiley Series in Sustainable Design Series, #15
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN COYLE, AIA, LEED AP, founder and principal ofTown-Green [www.town-green.com] based in Oakland, California, andcofounder of the National Charrette Institute[www.charretteinstitute.org] and Townworks/DPZ [www.townworks.org],is an architect, urbanist, and community planner. Coyle and hiscolleagues design and repair landscapes, buildings, neighborhoods,and cities throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. Asco-designer of the award-winning Contra Costa Centre TransitVillage, Coyle developed sustainability plans for Hayward, Gilroy,Martinez, Napa, Pleasanton, and Tracy, California. With BillLennertz, Coyle helped to "green" Portland and other Oregoncommunities through New Urbanist plans and form-based codes.

DANIEL DUNIGAN, AICP, LEED AP, closely collaborated withSteve Coyle on the creation of this book. Dunigan, an urbandesigner with Town-Green, has a wide range of professionalexperience including climate action planning, public outreach andcharrette facilitation, urban design master planning, detailedarchitectural specification, and all phases of design/build projectmanagement.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Chapter 1. The Built Environments and Supporting Systems.

Chapter 2. The Process of Transformation.

Chapter 3. The Physical Built Environment.

Chapter 4. The Regulatory Environment.

Chapter 5. Transportation.

Chapter 6. Energy.

Chapter 7. Water.

Chapter 8. Natural Environment.

Chapter 9. Food Production/Agriculture.

Chapter 10. Solid Waste.

Chapter 11. Economics.

Chapter 12. Engagement and Education.

Chapter 13. Public Health.

Appendix.

Endnotes.

Contributors.

Index.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Sustainable and Resilient Communities

    Having embarked on a sustainability plan without the aid or foresight of any type of guidebook or comprehensive strategy, I am extremely supportive of the effort that author Stephen Coyle has undertaken in compiling Sustainable and Resilient Communities. This book should be the "Read Me!" document for anyone looking to engage in sustainability planning efforts from a government or community perspective. It's not the first book that I've read on how to engage in sustainability efforts (honestly such titles are beginning to become "a dime a dozen"), but it is the first book I've read that breaks the mold and focuses intenselyon how to create an action plan to make a community more sustainable (rather than simply focusing on successful efforts in other areas). Coyle manages to provide realistic strategies that can easily be worked into the political context of almost any community without crossing into the fringe of developing technologies or antiquated reductionist themes.




    Sustainable and Resilient Communities is broken down into 13 chapters which address the various facets of sustainability. The chapters are:

    The Built Environments and Its Supporting Systems
    The Process of Transformation
    The Physical Built Environment
    The Regulatory Environment
    Transportation
    Energy
    Water
    Natural Environment
    Food Production/Agriculture
    Solid Waste
    Economics
    Engagement and Education
    Public Health
    The first two chapters provide a solid assessment of the sustainability planning process and offer a prescriptive framework for how it can be implemented within a community. Chapter 2 also provides a robust breakdown of the process showing how to assemble potential stakeholders, how to effectively use those stakeholders, how to gain support from a broad segment of the community, and how to successfully implement a sustainability plan. The remaining chapters break down each of the specialty topics and provide case studies that demonstrate how the topics were successfully tackled.



    Sustainable and Resilient Communities is a 404 page manual on how to create a sustainability plan. This is the manual that you should pass around your organization or civic group to learn how to manage the process and how to build support. I found it to be well-written and filled with a wealth of information. Coyle has done a superb job of assembling a group of experts well-versed in the subject matter presented. It doesn't take a singular or rigid approach to building a sustainability plan but instead shows how communities can create objectives that meet the needs of their citizens.

    I found the book to be well illustrated with rational and relevant examples. The graphics and detailed examples from municipalities around the country are extremely useful in brainstorming approaches. The graphics are also appropriately placed to make the topics at hand more cogent. The book opens with a Foreword from Andrés Duany and continues with poignant articles by renowned experts in their respective fields.

    If you're interested in sustainability plans or sustainability action plans or just creating sustainability indicators for your organization this book is an excellent place to start. It's targeted to those involved with government organization, but it's a good tool in the hands of a community activists or civic group. It would also be an excellent manual for organizations looking to approach sustainability internally.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    This should be the manual for sustainability planning

    Having embarked on a sustainability plan without the aid or foresight of any type of guidebook or comprehensive strategy, I am extremely supportive of the effort that author Stephen Coyle has undertaken in compiling Sustainable and Resilient Communities. This book should be the "Read Me!" document for anyone looking to engage in sustainability planning efforts from a government or community perspective. It's not the first book that I've read on how to engage in sustainability efforts (honestly such titles are beginning to become "a dime a dozen"), but it is the first book I've read that breaks the mold and focuses intenselyon how to create an action plan to make a community more sustainable (rather than simply focusing on successful efforts in other areas). Coyle manages to provide realistic strategies that can easily be worked into the political context of almost any community without crossing into the fringe of developing technologies or antiquated reductionist themes.

    Sustainable and Resilient Communities is broken down into 13 chapters which address the various facets of sustainability. The chapters are:

    The Built Environments and Its Supporting Systems
    The Process of Transformation
    The Physical Built Environment
    The Regulatory Environment
    Transportation
    Energy
    Water
    Natural Environment
    Food Production/Agriculture
    Solid Waste
    Economics
    Engagement and Education
    Public Health

    The first two chapters provide a solid assessment of the sustainability planning process and offer a prescriptive framework for how it can be implemented within a community. Chapter 2 also provides a robust breakdown of the process showing how to assemble potential stakeholders, how to effectively use those stakeholders, how to gain support from a broad segment of the community, and how to successfully implement a sustainability plan. The remaining chapters break down each of the specialty topics and provide case studies that demonstrate how the topics were successfully tackled.

    Sustainable and Resilient Communities is a 404 page manual on how to create a sustainability plan. This is the manual that you should pass around your organization or civic group to learn how to manage the process and how to build support. I found it to be well-written and filled with a wealth of information. Coyle has done a superb job of assembling a group of experts well-versed in the subject matter presented. It doesn't take a singular or rigid approach to building a sustainability plan but instead shows how communities can create objectives that meet the needs of their citizens.

    I found the book to be well illustrated with rational and relevant examples. The graphics and detailed examples from municipalities around the country are extremely useful in brainstorming approaches. The graphics are also appropriately placed to make the topics at hand more cogent. The book opens with a Foreword from Andrés Duany and continues with poignant articles by renowned experts in their respective fields.

    If you're interested in sustainability plans or sustainability action plans or just creating sustainability indicators for your organization this book is an excellent place to start. It's targeted to those involved with government organization, but it's a good tool in the hands of a community activists or civic group. It would also be an excellent manual for organizations looking to approach sustainability internally.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
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