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Today at least twenty-five major U.S. cities have pursued some form of sustainability initiative. Although many case studies and "how-to" manuals have been published, there has been little systematic comparison of these cities' programs and initiatives. In this book Kent Portney lays the theoretical groundwork for research on what works and what does not, and why.Distinguishing cities on the basis of population characteristics and region for his analysis, Portney shows how cities use the broad rubric of sustainability to achieve particular political ends. Cities that take sustainability seriously, such as Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle, use broad definitions that go well beyond concern for the physical environment or creating jobs. They pursue sustainability at many levels and integrate concern for economic development, the environment, and quality of life across all activities of city government. Cities that take sustainability less seriously, such as Cleveland, Boston, and Orlando, confine it to such issues as solid waste disposal, brownfields, redevelopment, and neighborhood beautification. Still other cities, such as New Haven, Brownsville, and Milwaukee, do considerably less to work toward sustainability.Portney begins by reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of sustainable development and sustainable communities. The comparisons that follow provide a foundation for assessing the range of what is possible and desirable for sustainability initiatives. In the book's conclusion, Portney assesses the extent to which cities can use the pursuit of sustainability either to foster change in public values or merely to reinforce values that are already reflected in systems of governance.

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A theoretically driven comparison of sustainability programs in U.S. cities.

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Portney begins by reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of sustainable development and sustainable communities. The comparisons that follow provide a foundation for assessing the range of what is possible and desirable for sustainability initiatives. In the book's conclusion, Portney assesses the extent to which cities can use the pursuit of sustainability either to foster change in public values or merely to reinforce values that are already reflected in systems of governance.

Synopsis:

Today at least twenty-five major U.S. cities have pursued some form of sustainability initiative. Although many case studies and how-to manuals have been published, there has been little systematic comparison of these cities' programs and initiatives. In this book Kent Portney lays the theoretical groundwork for research on what works and what does not, and why.

About the Author

Kent E. Portney is Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. He is the author of three other books and the coauthor of The Rebirth of Urban Democracy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262661324
Subtitle:
Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities
Foreword:
Kamieniecki, Sheldon
Foreword by:
Kamieniecki, Sheldon
Foreword by:
Kraft, Michael E.
Foreword:
Kamieniecki, Sheldon
Foreword:
Kraft, Michael E.
Author:
Portney, Kent E.
Foreword:
Kraft, Michael E.
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Sustainable Development
Subject:
Urban ecology
Subject:
Urban policy
Subject:
Sustainable development -- United States.
Subject:
Urban policy -- United States.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
American and Comparative Environmental Policy Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously
Publication Date:
20021122
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , A theoretically driven comparison of sustainability programs in U.S. cities.
"Synopsis" by , Portney begins by reviewing the conceptual underpinnings of sustainable development and sustainable communities. The comparisons that follow provide a foundation for assessing the range of what is possible and desirable for sustainability initiatives. In the book's conclusion, Portney assesses the extent to which cities can use the pursuit of sustainability either to foster change in public values or merely to reinforce values that are already reflected in systems of governance.
"Synopsis" by , Today at least twenty-five major U.S. cities have pursued some form of sustainability initiative. Although many case studies and how-to manuals have been published, there has been little systematic comparison of these cities' programs and initiatives. In this book Kent Portney lays the theoretical groundwork for research on what works and what does not, and why.
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