296 pages, 7 x 10
Release Date:31 Jan 2008

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems

Principles and Practices

Island Press

Modern city dwellers are largely detached from the environmental effects of their daily lives. The sources of the water they drink, the food they eat, and the energy they consume are all but invisible, often coming from other continents, and their waste ends up in places beyond their city boundaries.

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems shows how cities and their residents can begin to reintegrate into their bioregional environment, and how cities themselves can be planned with nature’s organizing principles in mind. Taking cues from living systems for sustainability strategies, Newman and Jennings reassess urban design by exploring flows of energy, materials, and information, along with the interactions between human and non-human parts of the system.

Drawing on examples from all corners of the world, the authors explore natural patterns and processes that cities can emulate in order to move toward sustainability. Some cities have adopted simple strategies such as harvesting rainwater, greening roofs, and producing renewable energy. Others have created biodiversity parks for endangered species, community gardens that support a connection to their foodshed, and pedestrian-friendly spaces that encourage walking and cycling.

A powerful model for urban redevelopment, Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems describes aspects of urban ecosystems from the visioning process to achieving economic security to fostering a sense of place.
Peter Newman is professor of city policy and director of the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. He is the author of Sustainability and Cities. Isabella Jennings is a graduate student in the School of Environmental Science at Murdoch University.


Introducing Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems

Chapter 1. Vision

Chapter 2. Economy and Society

Chapter 3. Biodiversity

Chapter 4. Ecological Footprints

Chapter 5. Modeling Cities on Ecosystems Chapter 6. Sense of Place Chapter 7. Empowerment and Consumption Chapter 8. Partnerships Chapter 9. Sustainable Production and Consumption Chapter 10. Governance and Hope

Appendix A. Extracts fron the "Local Government Declaration to the World Summit on Sustainable Development," 2002 Appendix B. The Carbon Cycle Appendix C. The Nitrogen Cycle Appendix D. The Phosphorus Cycle Appendix E. The Hydrological Cycle
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