Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 931–942 | Cite as

Building sustainable & resilient communities: a balancing of community capital

  • Edith G. CallaghanEmail author
  • John Colton


Working toward sustainable community is a complex task for communities especially given the ambiguous nature of implementing the concept of sustainable development. However, by working to understand the nature of community capital, administrators can begin to move beyond bottom line thinking toward a more comprehensive and collective view of community. This paper presents a theoretical framework that helps municipal decision makers begin collecting information they need to help them build sustainable and resilient communities.


Sustainable development Sustainable community Community capital Social capital Community resilience 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of BusinessAcadia UniversityWolfvilleCanada

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