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Toward Sustainable CommunitiesTransition and Transformations in Environmental Policy$
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Daniel A. Mazmanian and Michael E. Kraft

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262134927

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262134927.001.0001

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Sustainability in a Regional Context: The Case of the Great Lakes Basin

Sustainability in a Regional Context: The Case of the Great Lakes Basin

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Toward Sustainable Communities

Barry G. Rabe

Marc Gaden

The MIT Press

This chapter examines one of the most ambitious, large-scale, and epoch-spanning regional efforts at environmental restoration: the case of the cleanup and restoration efforts of the Great Lakes Basin bordering the United States and Canada. The past four decades of experience within the basin reflects an evolution largely consistent with the epochs outlined in Chapter 1. After earlier emphasis on command-and-control strategies and experimentation with regulatory efficiency measures, many areas of basin policy are making a clear shift into the third epoch and reflect its emphasis on sustainable development. Most notably, one can discern a movement from pollution control strategies toward more preventive and integrative efforts in recent years.

Keywords:   environmental restoration, environmental protection, cleanup, environmental policy, sustainable development, pollution control, prevention

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