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Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice / Edition 1

Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice / Edition 1

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Popularized in the movies Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action, “environmental justice” refers to any local response to a threat against community health. In this book, Julian Agyeman argues that environmental justice and the sustainable communities movement are compatible in practical ways. Yet sustainability, which focuses on meeting our needs today while not compromising the ability of our successors to meet their needs, has not always partnered with the challenges of environmental justice.
Sustainable Communities and the Challenge of Environmental Justice explores the ideological differences between these two groups and shows how they can work together. Agyeman provides concrete examples of potential model organizations that employ the types of strategies he advocates. This book is vital to the efforts of community organizers, policymakers, and everyone interested in a better environment and community health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814707111
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 245
Sales rank: 923,081
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Julian Agyeman is Professor and Chair of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He is the co-editor of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability and Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World. Visit his blog at

Table of Contents

1 Environmental Justice
2 The Sustainability Discourse and Sustainable Communities
3 Just Sustainability in Theory
4 Just Sustainability in Practice
5 Alternatives for Community and Environment
6 From Confrontation to Implementation: Some Concluding Thoughts
Appendix: Principles of Environmental Justice
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“Agyeman's advocacy for just sustainability effectively addresses the equity deficit of mainstream sustainability. In his conclusion, he suggests a number of strategies that could be of use to those of us in the design community. One of these is the concept of an 'environmental space,' built on the idea of a sustainable community place. In this matrix, not only are traditional environmental resources considered but also included in the equation are social and economic entitlements. Environmental space analysis is exactly the kind of hybrid problem that design professionals commonly work with. This creative reframing of urban space and social justice issues is a strategy that might well be duplicated in rethinking our course projects and other scholarly pursuits.”
-Journal of Architectural Education


“A lively and thought-provoking text, with informative case study examples, which allows the reader plenty of opportunity to follow Agyeman's reasoning and analysis.”
-Journal of the American Planning Association


“Covering both theory and proactive, environmental organizations are indexed according to their commitment to justice and/or sustainability principles as set forth in their mission statements. Examples illustrating broad issue categories of successful projects that exemplify just sustainability enhance the discussion.”-Choice, Recommended


“Julian Agyeman once again pushes us all to think more critically about how to integrate two important political and intellectual projects. This book is at the cutting edge of research on sustainability and environmental justice. Agyeman has set the standard for the next generation of studies on these critical challenges.”
-David Naguib Pellow,co-author of The Silicon Valley of Dreams

“Worth the effort.”
-In Brief

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