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The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns can Change to Sustainable Practices

The Natural Step for Communities How Cities and Towns can Change to Sustainable Practices Sustainability may seem like one buzzword and cities and towns like the last places to change but The Natural Step for Communities provides inspiring examples of communities that have made dramatic c

  • Title: The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns can Change to Sustainable Practices
  • Author: Sarah James Torbjorn Lahti
  • ISBN: 9780865714915
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sustainability may seem like one buzzword and cities and towns like the last places to change, but The Natural Step for Communities provides inspiring examples of communities that have made dramatic changes toward sustainability and explains how others can emulate their success.Chronicled in the book are towns like vertorne , whose government operations recently becaSustainability may seem like one buzzword and cities and towns like the last places to change, but The Natural Step for Communities provides inspiring examples of communities that have made dramatic changes toward sustainability and explains how others can emulate their success.Chronicled in the book are towns like vertorne , whose government operations recently became 100 percent fossil fuel free, demonstrating that unsustainable municipal practices really can be overhauled Arguing that the process of introducing change whether converting to renewable energy or designing compact development is critical to success, the authors outline why well intentioned proposals often fail to win community approval and why an integrated approach not single issue initiatives can surmount challenges of conflicting priorities, scarce resources and turf battles.The book first clarifies the concept of sustainability, offering guiding principles the Natural Step framework that help identify sustainable action in any area It then introduces the 60 eco municipalities of Sweden that have adopted changes to sustainable practices throughout municipal policies and operations The third section explains how they did it and outlines how other communities in North America and elsewhere can do the same Key to success is a democratic, bottom up change process and clear guiding sustainability principles, such as the Natural Step framework.The book will appeal to both general readers wishing to understand better what sustainability means and practitioners interested in introducing or expanding sustainable development in their communities.Sarah James is the principal of a community planning consulting firm She co authored the American Planning Association s Planning for Sustainability Policy Guide and has published articles throughout the U.S on this subject.Torbj rn Lahti was the planner for Sweden s first eco municipality and is directing a five year sustainable community demonstration project He was instrumental in forming the Swedish National Association of Eco municipalities.

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    1. I heard about this book at Family Camp (an annual event I attend which includes speakers). It's the springboard for discussions in communities that want to be more sustainable. Most of the examples in the book are from Sweden, but many communities in the US and elsewhere are following these principles, including quite a few in Wisconsin, from the usual suspects like Madison and Bayfield to smaller towns not usually thought of as hotbeds of environmentalism. The Natural Step is not only about the [...]


    2. I read this for a class -- easy and enjoyable to read, inspiring stories and ideas from communities that have made advances in sustainability. I especially like the focus on Sweden, next time I go to Iceland I'd like to visit Sweden and see some of their eco-communities. Santa Monica got a few compliments in the book too.


    3. The library I run has started three Natural Study Circles and while some of the book is the boiler plate conservation and sustainability argument the approach of bring about change through municipalities is fresh and encouraging.


    4. It felt a bit dated. And so many of the examples were from Swedish communities, so I had some trouble relating them to my experience. The US examples were tacked on to the end of each chapter. I would have loved to read "10 years later" analyses of these sustainable initiatives.


    5. A very good program for sustainability. Comprehensive, direct, applicable, repeatable.I attended a week-long seminar with the authors and was VERY impressed.


    6. Its a shame that communities seem to need to wait for a crisis or a king to order it for a change to happen so completely


    7. As the current chairperson of my local community Green Committee, I am going to start in an upcoming study group. I look forward to it.


    8. this is a must read if we are all going to change the way we live. it's kinda boring, but full of information and ideas on how to waste less and get more out of our cities and environment.




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