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Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development

Joan Fitzgerald (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From a stalwart progressive perspective, Fitzgerald surveys contemporary initiatives in American cities to create green jobs. Organizing urban projects into renewable energy, energy efficiency, building renovation and construction, the waste and recycling streams, and transportation, the author enumerates their goals, financing schemes, and measures of success. In Fitzgerald’s book, the measures tend to be numbers of green jobs created and the project’s reduction of carbon emissions, not those of free-enterprise profitability. Thus in her discussions of projects, a slew of government taxes, subsidies, and regulations, plus foundation grants, numerically defines the projects that she presents. If green projects in big cities such as New York and Los Angeles are prominent in Fitzgerald’s inventory, midsize burgs such as Toledo, Ohio, a site of solar-technology manufacturing, or Portland, Oregon, a bastion of bicycling promotion, signal that progressives’ approaches to the green future are widespread and active around the country. Commenting approvingly about the Obama administration’s support for some local organizations, Fitzgerald, an urban planner, delivers informative accounts of contemporary trends, closing with an exhortation for national planning to mature green technologies.

Product Description

Here is a refreshing look at how American cities are leading the way toward greener, cleaner, and more sustainable forms of economic development. In Emerald Cities, Joan Fitzgerald shows how in the absence of a comprehensive national policy, cities like Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle have taken the lead in addressing the interrelated environmental problems of global warming, pollution, energy dependence, and social justice. Cities are major sources of pollution but because of their population density, reliance on public transportation, and other factors, Fitzgerald argues that they are uniquely suited to promote and benefit from green economic development. For cities facing worsening budget constraints, investing in high-paying green jobs in renewable energy technology, construction, manufacturing, recycling, and other fields will solve two problems at once, sparking economic growth while at the same time dramatically improving quality of life. Fitzgerald also examines how investing in green research and technology may help to revitalize older industrial cities and offers examples of cities that don’t make the top-ten green lists such as Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio and Syracuse, New York. And for cities wishing to emulate those already engaged in developing greener economic practices, Fitzgerald shows which strategies will be most effective according to each city’s size, economic history, geography, and other unique circumstances. But cities cannot act alone, and Fitzgerald analyzes the role of state and national government policy in helping cities create the next wave of clean technology growth. Lucid, forward-looking, and guided by a level-headed optimism that clearly distinguishes between genuine progress and exaggerated claims, Emerald Cities points the way toward a sustainable future for the American city.

Product Details:

· Hardcover: 256 pages

· Publisher: Oxford University Press USA

· March 18 2010

· Language: English

· ISBN-10: 0195382765

· ISBN-13: 978-0195382761


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