Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously

Author: Kent E. Portney
Editor: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262264136
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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.

Praxishandbuch Green Building

Author: Peter Mösle
Editor: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110275287
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Nachhaltiges Bauen wird für Investoren, Bauherren, Nutzer, Politik und Gesellschaft immer wichtiger. Planung, Bau und Betrieb von Green Buildings erfordern eine Berücksichtigung ganz unterschiedlicher Disziplinen in den Bereichen Recht, Technik und Architektur. Die Autoren aus den unterschiedlichen Fachrichtungen beleuchten diese komplexen Zusammenhänge und zeigen praxistaugliche Lösungen auf.

American Environmental Policy

Author: Christopher McGrory Klyza
Editor: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262525046
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An updated investigation of alternate pathways for American environmental policymaking made necessary by legislative gridlock.

Innovation In Environmental Policy

Author: Andrew Jordan
Editor: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1848445067
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. . . offering an enjoyable read in comparative politics and policy, it offers a point of reference for understanding the conceptual and empirical possibilities for further research in EPI. Darren McCauley, West European Politics . . . a bank of internationally based case studies written by leading environmental experts. The Environmentalist The organisation of th[is] book is exemplary, particularly for an edited volume. . . [A]n impressive intellectual contribution to the understanding of EPI. . . I strongly recommend it to scholars and students. . . and, crucially, also to politicians and civil servants who have attempted (or half-attempted) the task of remedying the historical neglect of environmental issues. Ian Bailey, Environment and Planning C Good social science may not raise our spirits, but it should improve our policy understanding. Andrew Jordan and Andrea Lenschow have produced a volume that provides a subtle and empirically informed understanding of environmental policy integration, using a design that looks both at the full policy cycle and at cross-national comparisons. From the foreword by Albert Weale FBA, University of Essex, UK Policy coordination is normally studied in hierarchical and institutional terms. This volume demonstrates the power of an idea to function as a framework for coordination. It offers an innovative study of policy coordination, as well as a thorough study of environmental policy. Guy Peters, University of Pittsburgh, US This book deals with a critical challenge facing modern governments: how to integrate environmental thinking into all policy areas. It provides fascinating insights into the progress made in realizing this objective and is a must read for anyone interested in understanding how far we have come, and how far we still have to go, in greening government for sustainable development. James Meadowcroft, Carleton University, Canada This collection brings together leading scholars in the field to explore the origins and applications of different instruments of environmental policy integration from a comparative perspective. This book is a must read for environmental policy practitioners and scholars with an interest in how environmental outcomes can and are being improved. Miranda A. Schreurs, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Environmental Policy Integration (EPI) is an innovative policy principle designed to deliver sustainable development. This book offers an unrivalled exploration of its conceptualization and implementation, drawing upon a set of interlinked case studies of the most common implementing instruments and the varied experience of applying them in six OECD states and the EU. Written by a team of international experts, it identifies and explains broad patterns and dynamics in what is an important area of contemporary environmental policy analysis. This insightful account of the state-of-the-art aims to offer a valuable resource for academics interested in environmental politics and policy analysis, as well as the broader, interdisciplinary theme of governance for sustainable development . It will interest advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses in comparative politics, public administration and environmental politics and policy-making. Given the continuing political relevance of sustainability, it should also appeal to NGOs, think tanks and international bodies attempting to coordinate policies across and within different levels of governance.

Journal Of Economic Literature

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Business And Environmental Policy

Author: Sheldon Kamieniecki
Editor: The MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262113052
Size: 14,87 MB
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Scholars and policy experts examine the extent of business influence on environmental policy and the effect of corporate lobbying on public opinion, congressional action, agency policy making, court intervention, and state and local government.

Water Place And Equity

Author: John M. Whiteley
Editor: The MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262232715
Size: 20,43 MB
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An argument for the importance of equity as a criterion in evaluating water policy, with examples in wide-ranging case studies from North and South America and Europe.

Strategic Planning In Environmental Regulation

Author: Steven Cohen
Editor: Mit Press
ISBN: 9780262033411
Size: 19,60 MB
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Demonstrates how to increase the effectiveness of environmental regulation by adopting a strategic approach to regulatory planning, providing a theoretical model and two case studies. Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation introduces an approach to environmental regulatory planning founded on a creative, interactive relationship between business and government. The authors argue that regulation - often too narrowly defined as direct, command-and-control standard-setting and enforcement - should include the full range of activities intended to influence private behaviour to conform to public goals. The concept of strategic regulatory planning that the book introduces provides a model for designing more effective environmental regulation. Strategic planning requires careful consideration of the regulatory objectives, the target audiences for regulation, and the characteristics of the regulatory agency. The two important case studies in the book - one on the use of the gasoline additive MTBE and the other on the cleanup of underground storage tanks (USTs) - apply the model, compare the approaches and results, and illustrate the advantages of a strategic approach. gasoline was found to contribute to both air and groundwater pollution - shows the drawbacks of top-down regulation by fragmented regulatory agencies. The success of the UST cleanup, in contrast, highlights a unique, strategic, and results-oriented approach to policy implementation. These two cases demonstrate why regulation works better in some cases than others, and the alternative approaches to regulation described in the book promise to promote the achievement of environmental quality goals.