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Publisher: New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2023-11-28
ISBN: 9780865719743
Format: Paperback - 400 pages
Size: 7.5" x 8.875" (w x h)
BISAC: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development

Toward Sustainable Communities, Fifth Edition

Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments

The go-to guide for sustainable community development, from the neighborhood to the regional level

Fully revised and updated, Toward Sustainable Communities is the definitive guide to the why, the what, and most importantly, the how of creating resilient, healthy, equitable, and prosperous places.

This fifth edition introduces the innovative Community Capital Compass as a powerful tool for maximizing the environmental, economic, and social benefits of complex community and regional decisions, and has been completely revamped to serve readers in the US, Canada, and abroad.

Those seeking a comprehensive approach to sustainable community planning and development from the neighborhood to the regional level will benefit from:

  • An expanded Community Capital framework that organizes community resources into eight interrelated forms of capital
  • The Community Capital Compass process for navigating complex situations involving everything from municipal services and land-use planning to housing and climate change
  • Elaboration of collaborative governance, community mobilization, public engagement, capacity building, infrastructure, policymaking, and promising practices
  • A companion website featuring case studies, profiles, online resources, interactive tools, videos, and more.

Packed with concrete, proven strategies, this "living book" is the go-to guide for sustainable community development. Toward Sustainable Communities is essential reading for current and aspiring professionals, practitioners, policymakers, educators, purpose-driven organizations, engaged citizens, and anyone concerned about their communities and a sustainable future.

About the Authors

Mark Roseland is Professor and Director Emeritus, School of Community Resources and Development at ASU, Senior Global Futures Scientist at Global Futures Laboratory, and Professor Emeritus at SFU. A Registered Professional Planner, Dr. Roseland lectures widely and advises communities and governments on sustainable development policy and planning.

Margaret Stout is Professor of Public Administration at West Virginia University. Her research explores the role of public and nonprofit practitioners in achieving social, economic, and environmental justice and sustainability. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to the field of public administration and governance studies.

Maria Spiliotopoulou has a PhD in sustainable community development viewed through the lens of holistic, regenerative sustainability. She is a lifelong learner, passionate about sustainability action and regenerative and sustainable systems education, and strives to help create regenerative and sustainable societies.

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