EBJ Vol XXIV No 06: Sustainable Cities

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EBJ profiles the sustainable city movement, how governments and associations are setting standards, creating educational tools and establishing and disseminating best practices, and how consultants and service providers are filling the gaps in planning, design and execution. Local governments represented $5 billion in billings by U.S. environmental consultants in 2010 and while water and wastewater account for the majority, specialty services relating to sustainability are a growing portion. On the sustainability front, the urban environment is perhaps the ideal setting in which to see how the concept of sustainability can and must work. As one municipal sustainability director points out in this issue, cities have unique opportunities to put sustainability into practice by establishing building and land use codes, transportation plans, managing substantial mobile and stationary assets, and planning for growth.

Exhibits and data included in this issue are:

  • Climate Actions Implemented and Planned by Major Cities: Arup Study
  • Priority Issues for U.S. City Managers: ICMA 2010 Survey
  • Sustainability City Actions Taken by City Managers
  • Energy Actions Taken by City Managers: Efficiency, Renewables, Alternatives
  • EBI Estimate of the U.S. Green Economy and Green Jobs
  • Recycling Actions Taken by City Managers
  • Water Use Actions Taken by City Managers
  • US Sustainable City Rankings: Top 50
  • EU Sustainable City Rankings: Top 30
  • CH2M Hill: Gross Revenues 2000-2010
  • What is Sustainability Planning? Example Priorities of 4 Cities

Table of Contents

01.Sustainable Cities Overview: Although city governments are not the best funded client in the wake of the global recession, leadership and citizenry alike are demanding an increasing level of service and accountability in municipal functions, and sustainability across all functions. City management loath to take on employees with salary & benefits are seeking outsourced expertise to deliver. Cities and their associations and consultants are taking leadership positions in standards and metrics.pg 1-5

02.City Profiles: Regional variations lead to differing priorities, but Sustainable City programs profiled in San Francisco and Chula Vista CA, Baltimore MD, Salt Lake City UT, Dearborn MI and Edmond OK share a lot in common.pg 6-13

03.City Feature: Model city Masdar in the UAE stays on course with ambitious plans for the model sustainable city.pg 14-15

04.Consultant Profiles: Leaders in sustainable city practices from big firms to boutiques share their perspective on the market and demands of a diverse client base: ICF, CH2M Hill, DC&E, Farr Associates and Mooney Planning Collaborative.pg 16-23

 

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