The Economy of Green Cities

A World Compendium on the Green Urban Economy

  • Richard Simpson
  • Monika Zimmermann

Part of the Local Sustainability book series (LOCAL, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. Agenda Setting for the Urban Future with a Green Urban Economy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Monika Zimmermann, Richard Simpson
      Pages 3-10
  3. Setting a Green Economy Agenda for Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Kes McCormick, Stefan Anderberg, Lena Neij
      Pages 33-43
    3. Essam Hassan Mohamed Ahmed
      Pages 45-56
    4. Asif Kabani, Asif Kabani, Maliha A. Kabani, Maliha A. Kabani
      Pages 71-77
    5. Philipp Rode
      Pages 79-98
    6. Vito Albino, Rosa Maria Dangelico
      Pages 99-113
    7. Jonathan Woetzel, Shannon N. Bouton, Molly Lindsay
      Pages 115-121
  4. Joining Forces to Accelerate Action

  5. Strategies and Approaches for Greening Urban Economies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Andy Gouldson, Niall Kerr, Corrado Topi, Johan Kuylenstierna, Richard Pearce
      Pages 221-230
    3. Santhosh Kodukula
      Pages 285-294
  6. Experiences and Examples from City Governments

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 435-447

About this book


Green Economy is a key theme of the June 2012 Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The inclusive Green Urban Economy approach embodies a challenge to local government leaders and city practitioners to apply existing tools and methods in new ways to develop innovative approaches by engaging economic-environmental considerations and stakeholders in a much more active fashion.


This volume bridges the gap between the global promotion of the Green Economy and the manifestation of this new development strategy at the urban level. Green cities are an imperative solution, not only in meeting global environmental challenges but also in helping to ensure socio-economic prosperity at the local level.


Environmentalists must learn to understand the language and dynamics of the economy, and to combine important economic interests (such as cost savings) with ecological interests (such as saving of resources). Business and economic leaders must also understand and accommodate ecological interests to advance social improvement and sustainable development.


The editors compiled contributions of varying perspectives and practical experiences from the emerging fields of environmental economics, urban development and green cities, along with concrete examples from city governments.


The Economy of Green Cities documents and demonstrates the different layers of knowledge required for a Green Urban Economy. The compendium supports researchers, business thinkers and practitioners to explore, detail and discuss an urban Green Economy agenda.


Cities and urban development Green Urban Economy Local Authorities Local Governments Sustainable Urban Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Simpson
    • 1
  • Monika Zimmermann
    • 2
  1. 1.ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, World SecretariatBonnGermany
  2. 2.ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, World SecretariatBonnGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-1968-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-1969-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-2782
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-2790
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