Toward Sustainable Communities

Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy

ISBN: 9780262303361 | Copyright 2009

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A new edition with new and updated case studies and analysis that demonstrate the trend in U.S. environmental policy toward sustainability at local and regional levels.

This analysis of U.S. environmental policy offers a conceptual framework that serves as a valuable roadmap to the array of laws, programs, and approaches developed over the last four decades. Combining case studies and theoretical discussion, the book views environmental policy in the context of three epochs: the rise of command-and-control federal regulation in the 1970s, the period of efficiency-based reform efforts that followed, and the more recent trend toward sustainable development and integrated approaches at local and regional levels. It assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the new approaches and places these experiments within the larger framework of an emerging trend toward community sustainability.

Toward Sustainable Communities assesses environmental policy successes and failures at the subnational, regional, and state levels and offers eight case studies of policy arenas in which transformations have been occurring—from air and water pollution control and state and local climate change policy to open space preservation, urban growth, and regional ecosystem management. It discusses the various meanings of sustainability and whether the concept can serve as a foundation for a new era of environmental policy. The second edition has been substantially updated, with five new chapters (including the chapter on climate change) and all other chapters revised and shortened. It is suitable as a primary or secondary text for environmental policy courses and as a resource for scholars and policymakers.

Elisa Barbour, Michele M. Betsill, Daniel J. Fiorino, Marc Gaden, Lamont C. Hempel, Michael E. Kraft, William D. Leach, Mark Lubell, Daniel A. Mazmanian, Nicole Nakagawa, Kent E. Portney, Daniel Press, Paul A. Sabatier, Barry G. Rabe, Michael B. Teitz

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Contents (pg. v)
Foreword (pg. vii)
Preface (pg. ix)
Contributors (pg. xiii)
I Introduction (pg. 1)
1 The Three Epochs of the Environmental Movement (pg. 3)
2 Conceptual and Analytical Challenges in Building Sustainable Communities (pg. 33)
3 Regulating for the Future: A New Approach for Environmental Governance (pg. 63)
II Transitional Approaches in Conventional Media-Based Environmental Policies (pg. 87)
4 Los Angeles’ Clean Air Saga—Spanning the Three Epochs (pg. 89)
5 Cleaning Wisconsin’s Waters: From Command and Control to Collaborative Decision Making (pg. 115)
6 Local Open Space Preservation in the United States (pg. 141)
III Toward Community, Regional, and State Strategies for Sustainability: Leading Examples of the Transformation Process (pg. 169)
7 Blueprint Planning in California: An Experiment in Regional Planning for Sustainable Development (pg. 171)
8 Climate Change and Multilevel Governance: The Evolving State and Local Roles (pg. 201)
9 Sustainability in American Cities: A Comprehensive Look at What Cities Are Doing and Why (pg. 227)
10 Collaborative Watershed Partnerships in the Epoch of Sustainability (pg. 255)
11 Sustainability in a Regional Context: The Case of the Great Lakes Basin (pg. 289)
IV Overview and Implications for a Sustainable Future (pg. 315)
12 Conclusions: Toward Sustainable Communities (pg. 317)
Index (pg. 335)
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