demonstrates that movement is definitely under way toward implementing
the vision of eco-cities, and that citizen organizations and municipal
officials around the world are initiating creative solutions to harsh
social and environmental challenges. Eco-City Dimensions honors
the crucial role that cities play in planetary health, while presenting
a variety of inspiring proposals for improving communities to meet the
challenge of sustainability.
Many critical global environmental concerns are rooted at the local
level, in the cities in which most of us live. It follows that local
communities may well offer the brightest promise for solving a variety
of these pressing world-scale problems. In Eco-City Dimensions,
more than a dozen contributors tackle issues of ecological economics
and community design, collaborative housing and traffic restraint programs,
governance and resource management, cross-cultural dynamics and community
participation, indicators of success and overcoming barriers to change.
With examples from the United States, Canada, northern Europe, Australia
and New Zealand, these thought-provoking and stimulating essays reveal
a wealth of wisdom and talent being brought to bear on securing a sustainable
future for us all.
About the Editor
Mark Roseland is the author of the widely acclaimed Toward Sustainable
Communities: A Resource Book for Municipal and Local Governments,
directs the Community Economic Development Center at Simon Fraser University
in Vancouver, British Columbia, and teaches in the School of Resource
and Environmental Studies. Contributors to the book include Nancy Skinner
from Berkeley, Elizabeth Kline from Boston, Peter Newman from Australia,
Melinda Laituri from New Zealand, and William Rees, Trevor Hancock and
Robert Gibson from Canada.