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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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Conceptual and Analytical Challenges in Building Sustainable Communities

Conceptual and Analytical Challenges in Building Sustainable Communities

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(p.33) 2 Conceptual and Analytical Challenges in Building Sustainable Communities
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Toward Sustainable Communities
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Lamont C. Hempel

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262134927.003.0002

This chapter examines the implications of sustainability concepts and their application in place-based communities. It explores the construction of meaning in beliefs about sustainability, and the conceptual promise and analytical difficulties that those beliefs create for local and regional policymaking. It argues that deciding which sustainability approaches and indicators to adopt requires a judicious balancing of technical merit and popular appeal. The capital theory, urban design, ecosystem management, metropolitan governance, and neighborhood approaches all offer important perspectives and insights for use in becoming more sustainable. Metropolitan governance deserves special attention as a means for developing the regional policy framework needed to make the other approaches more feasible and effective.

Keywords:   sustainability, environmental movement, place-based communities, environmental policy, capital theory, urban design, ecosystem management, metropolitan governance, neighborhood approaches

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