Sustainable Cities

Publications

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA), an international collaboration of cities committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, has produced a Planning Framework is a roadmap for innovation and… Read More »

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In Connecting to Change the World, co-authors John Cleveland, Madeleine Taylor and Peter Plastrik offer practical guidance for social entrepreneurs, community-minded leaders, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists on how to build and manage social-impact networks… Read More »

NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide provides detailed recommendations and illustrated examples for integrating bus, streetcar, and light rail transit with biking and pedestrian features into the fabric of complete urban streets. Intended for transportation practitioners… Read More »

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In this revolutionary book (Cities for People), Jan Gehl presents his latest work creating (or recreating) cityscapes on a human scale. He clearly explains the methods and tools he uses to reconfigure unworkable cityscapes into the landscapes he believes they should be: cities for people… Read More »

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Biophilic Cities by Tim Beatley argues that human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis). And any vision of a sustainable urban future must place its focus squarely on nature, on the presence, conservation, and celebration… Read More »

In The Guide to Greening Cities, seasoned green city leaders Sadhi Johnston, Steven Nicholas, and Julia Parzen use success stories from across North America to show how to turn a green city agenda into reality. Recently published by Island Press, theis book… Read More »

Written by renowned architect Jan Gehl and public space expert Birgitte Scarre, How to Study Public Life draws from their combined experiences of over 50 years to provide a history of public-life study as well as methods and tools necessary to orient urban planning towards more livable human-scale design. They share examples and lessons learned from working in Copenhagen, New York, Sydney and other cities around the world and demonstrate how the quality of urban public spaces can lead to dramatic changes in how cities develop. Equal parts informative and inspiring… Read More »

The STAR Community Rating System is a comprehensive framework and online performance management system for local cities and counties that encompasses energy, infrastructure, the environment, health, equity, the economy and jobs, and the built environment… Read More »