The Guide to Greening Cities (Hardcover)
Island Press, 9781610913768, 264pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
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Superstorm Sandy sent a strong message that a new generation of urban development and infrastructure is desperately needed, and it must be designed with resilience in mind. As cities continue to face climate change impacts while growing in population, they find themselves at the center of resilience and green city solutions, yet political and budgetary obstacles threaten even the best-planned initiatives. In The Guide to Greening Cities, seasoned green city leaders Sadhu Johnston, Steven Nicholas, and Julia Parzen use success stories from across North America to show how to turn a green city agenda into reality.
The Guide to Greening Cities is the first book written from the perspective of municipal leaders with successful, on-the-ground experience working to advance green city goals. Through personal reflections and interviews with leading municipal staff in cities from San Antonio to Minneapolis, the authors share lessons for cities to lead by example in their operations, create programs, implement high-priority initiatives, develop partnerships, measure progress, secure funding, and engage the community. Case studies and chapters highlight strategies for overcoming common challenges such as changes of leadership and fiscal austerity. The book is augmented by a companion website, launching with the publication of the book, which offers video interviews of municipal leaders, additional case studies, and other resources.
Rich in tools, insights, and tricks of the trade, The Guide to Greening Cities helps professionals, policymakers, community leaders, and students understand which approaches have worked and why and demonstrates multidisciplinary solutions for creating healthy, just, and green communities.
About the Author
Steven S. Nicholas is Vice President for US Programs at the Institute for Sustainable Communities in Vermont, former Sustainability Director for the City of Seattle and co-founder of Sustainable Seattle.
Julia Parzen is the Coordinator of the USDN and has led sustainability initiatives in local, state and federal government, including the development of the Chicago Climate Action Plan.
Praise For The Guide to Greening Cities…
— ASLA's The Dirt blog
— NRDC's The Switchboard blog
— Ontario Municipal Knowledge Network
"... [The Guide to Greening Cities] offers inspiration on how to create transformation from within city government in partnership with its citizens."
— Funders' Network
— Journal of Planning Education and Research
— Ecological Restoration
— Annise Parker, Mayor, City of Houston
— David W. Orr, Oberlin College
— Bill McKibben, author of "Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist"
— Joel Makower, Executive Editor, GreenBiz.com
— Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City Mayor
— Midwest Book Review