Urbanization and Sustainability

Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change

  • Christopher G. Boone
  • Michail Fragkias

Part of the Human-Environment Interactions book series (HUEN, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Michail Fragkias, Christopher G. Boone
    Pages 1-10
  3. Peter J. Marcotullio, William Solecki
    Pages 11-25
  4. Steward T. A. Pickett, Christopher G. Boone, Mary L. Cadenasso
    Pages 27-47
  5. Christopher G. Boone, Michail Fragkias
    Pages 49-59
  6. Manuel Pastor, Rachel Morello-Frosch, James Sadd, Justin Scoggins
    Pages 75-94
  7. Bob Bolin, Juan Declet Barreto, Michelle Hegmon, Lisa Meierotto, Abigail York
    Pages 159-178
  8. Li-Fang Chang, Karen C. Seto, Shu-Li Huang
    Pages 179-198
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 199-201

About this book


“The grand challenge for the coming decades will be to transform the ways we think about and act upon the relationship between people and the environment in order to transition towards a sustainable future.” – from the preface

Urbanization and Sustainability: Linking Urban Ecology, Environmental Justice and Global Environmental Change stems from a 2009 workshop on linking ecology, environmental justice, and global environmental change that the editors organized for the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), an international scientific initiative that catalyzes and coordinates research on the human dimensions of environmental change.  The book addresses key themes of the Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Programme, a core project of the IHDP.

The book draws together three major themes: Global Environmental Change, incorporating a range of interactions between societies and ecosystems; Urbanization, because urbanization processes will drive and respond to challenges of environmental change; and Justice, because the most vulnerable members of society bear a disproportionate burden of the ill effects of environmental change and urbanization.

Case studies explore the Million Trees initiative in Los Angeles; the relationship of cap-and-trade policy, public health, greenhouse gas emissions and environmental justice in Southern California; Urbanization, vulnerability and environmental justice in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and São Paulo, and in Antofagasta, Greater Concepción and Valparaiso in Chile; Sociospatial patterns of vulnerability in the American southwest; and Urban flood control and land use planning in Greater Taipei, Taiwan ROC.

The editors proceed from the proposition that sustainability means more than surviving – it is about envisioning a desirable, plausible future and working towards that goal.


Environmental Justice Global Environmental Change Sustainability Urban Ecology Urbanization

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher G. Boone
    • 1
  • Michail Fragkias
    • 2
  1. 1., School of SustainabilityArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2., College of Business and EconomicsBoise State UniversityBoiseUSA

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