Sustainability in America’s Cities

Creating the Green Metropolis

  • Editors
  • Matthew I. Slavin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Matthew I. Slavin, Kent Snyder
    Pages 21-44
  3. Jonathan Fink, Arizona State University
    Pages 69-90
  4. Gerrit Knaap, Amy Gardner, Ralph Bennett, Madlen Simon, Cari Varner
    Pages 91-111
  5. Aaron Golub, Jason Henderson
    Pages 113-132
  6. Matthew I. Slavin, Douglas A. Codiga, Jason J. Zeller
    Pages 133-156
  7. Nevin Cohen, Jennifer Obadia
    Pages 205-229
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 247-285

About this book


"Sustainability" is more than the latest "green" buzzword. It represents a new way of viewing the interactions of human society and the natural world. Sustainability in America's Cities highlights how America's largest cities are acting to develop sustainable solutions to conflicts between development and environment.

As sustainability rises to the top of public policy agendas in American cities, it is also emerging as a new discipline in colleges and universities. Specifically designed for these educational programs, this is the first book to provide empirically based, multi-disciplinary case studies of sustainability policy, planning, and practice in action. It is also valuable for everyone who designs and implements sustainability initiatives, including policy makers, public sector and non-profit practitioners, and consultants.

Sustainability in America's Cities brings together academic and practicing professionals to offer firsthand insight into innovative strategies that cities have adopted in renewable energy and energy efficiency, climate change, green building, clean-tech and green jobs, transportation and infrastructure, urban forestry and sustainable food production. Case studies examine sustainability initiatives in a wide range of American cities, including San Francisco, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Milwaukee, New York City, Portland, Oregon and Washington D.C. The concluding chapter ties together the empirical evidence and recounts lessons learned for sustainability planning and policy.


Bicycle infrastructure Brownfield remediation Car share Climate action planning Green building

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