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The ultimate step-by-step action plan guidebook for makingcommunities resilient, resourceful, and healthy

Many of today's communities face an unprecedented struggle toadapt and maintain their environmental, economic, and socialwell-being in an era beleaguered by fiscal constraints, uncertaintyabout energy prices and supplies, rapid demographic shifts, andaccelerated climate impacts. This step-by-step guidebook for urbanplanners and urban designers explains how to create and implementan actionable plan for making neighborhoods, communities, andregions more environmentally healthy, resource-conserving, andeconomically resilient. Sustainable and Resilient Communitiesdelineates measures for repairing, retrofitting, and transformingour built environments and supporting systems-transportation,energy, water, natural environment, food production, solid waste,and economics-through:

  • Methods for assessing a community's key sustainabilityquotient

  • Deploying tools for establishing timely performance goals andmetrics

  • Developing strategies for evaluating, selecting, andimplementing 'high-leverage' interventions

  • Activating policies, codes, programs, plans, and practices, aswell as monitoring and upgrading their performance

The book includes a range of targeted case studies, from NewOrleans and South Carolina to Arizona and California, illustratinggeographically diverse approaches for urban contexts large andsmall.

A resource for developing an ecological urbanism, Sustainableand Resilient Communities employs time-proven, broadly applicablestrategies and actions that can be customized for specificenvironmental, energy, and economic conditions.

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