The Sustainable City focuses on cities because place matters. Economic, technological and cultural forces are moving people out of rural areas and into urban areas. The purpose of this book is to explicitly draw the connection between sustainable processes and sustainable places. Many cities are already investing in different parts of the infrastructure of the future, but the modern city still has a long way to go. This book begins by defining the sustainable city and sustainable urban systems: energy, water, waste, sewage, food, transport and public space. It provides a broad overview of the sustainable city from an organizational management and public policy perspective, utilizing examples and cases studies from initiatives, projects, policies and legislation already underway in cities around the world. It examines past trends and potential future ones, contains real solutions and applications, and looks at the fundamental aspects of a sustainable urban lifestyle. The key to a sustainable, renewable resource-based economy is the sustainable city, which is one that is both an attractive place to live and able to achieve economies of scale in all urban systems.
Written by Steven Cohen, Bill Eimicke, and Alison Miller, Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy presents an overview of the opportunities for government to encourage sustainability in the public and private sectors and is a fundamental guide to sustainability policy development, implementation, strategy, and practice. It focuses on the critical role of government and public policy in accelerating the shift to a sustainable economy. Featuring detailed cases highlighting innovative sustainability initiatives, the book explores the elements that constitute effective policy, and the factors that can help or hinder implementation and adoption. Emphasizing politically-feasible policy tools at the federal, state, and local levels, the book focuses on public sector actions that spur innovation and organizational change in the private sector and behavioral change at the individual level towards more sustainable practices. It was written to be accessible to all audiences – including policy leaders and the general public.
In the fall of 2014, the Earth Institute, the School of Continuing Education and the School of International and Public Affairs sponsored a unique class on the Origins of Environmental Law: Regulation and Evolution. The class was taught by Leon G. Billings and Thomas C. Jorling, the two senior staff members who led the Senate environment subcommittee which originated and developed major environmental legislation in the 1970s, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act. Students learned about a series of environmental laws that were enacted over the course of a single decade. They gained a unique opportunity to learn about the historical, legislative and political process that led to the implementation of these seminal laws from the writers of the legislation themselves.