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How Green Is Your City?: The Sustainlane U. S. City Rankings
     

How Green Is Your City?: The Sustainlane U. S. City Rankings

by Warren Karlenzig, Frank Marquardt (With), Rachel Yaseen (With)
 
"How Green is Your City? is the first systematic report card measuring city quality of life combined with resource impacts....Urban sustainability is not an option. It represents prudent governance and provident management by and for the people. A carbon-constrained world is upon us. While international action is required to prevent global climatic catastrophe, cities

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"How Green is Your City? is the first systematic report card measuring city quality of life combined with resource impacts....Urban sustainability is not an option. It represents prudent governance and provident management by and for the people. A carbon-constrained world is upon us. While international action is required to prevent global climatic catastrophe, cities must lead the way increating a post-carbon environment where people can thrive." Portland, Oregon, a role model for cities in the United States, topped the 2006 SustainLane US City Rankings. Portland residents and businesses have teamed with politicians to ensure that quality of life remains superior, with an economy that increasingly integrates regional and renewable resources. Neighborhoods facilitate walking, cycling and shopping; downtown transit is free. The city bolsters local business and regional agriculture, while green buildings and park space are ample. Columbus, Ohio, at number 50, has some work to do to catch up, but has a few green surprises nevertheless.

How Green is Your City? quantitatively ranks the 50 largest US cities overall from comprehensive data and information based upon 15 standards, including: Climate change policy and energy supply, green building, planning and land use air and tap water quality, public transit. An analysis of each city considers policies, quality-of-life indicators and economic factors, providing kudos for successes and recommendations for challenges. Fascinating reading for civic and economic leaders, and all those who wish to make their city - and the nation as a whole - a more sustainable place to live, work and play.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865715950
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Warren Karlenzig is Chief Strategy Officer and Research Director for SustainLane. He has worked as a strategic consultant with federal agencies, major cities and the world's largest corporations for more than 15 years. Formerly, he was Editor-in-Chief of Knowledge Management magazine, and Lead Strategist for Dimension Data/ Proxicom. His areas of expertise include planning complex information and data systems, and communications. In sustainability, Warren has been a leading consultant with clients including the White House Office of Science and Technology, the US EPA Futures Group and the US Dept. of Energy. His book, A Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing was the first substantial work on the subject (Global Green USA, 1999) and he was involved with San Francisco's influential Sustainability Plan, formally adopted by the City's Board of Supervisors in 1997. He coordinated and co-authored the "Economy and Economic Development" section of the plan, which was directly cited in San Francisco's 1999 and 2003 green municipal building ordinances.

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