Steering a Sustainable Community

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Sustainability can be the source of controversy on the national level. But at the local level, it is easier to agree on the need for clean air, clean water, less pollution and the preservation of what we cherish most.

For Intelligent Communities, sustainability means local responses to global changes in ways that make the community a better place to live. Committing to sustainability engages citizens in improving their own, and their neighbors’, lives.

When communities make sustainability a goal, they energize local advocates, community groups and neighborhoods with the promise of making a difference. The work of these groups is to set and meet sustainability goals but just as important it strengthens the community’s identity and creates civic pride that powers further positive change.

Report Contents:

1.  The Search for Sustainability

2.  Intelligent Communities on the Path to Sustainability

  • Binh Duong Province, Vietnam
  • Chiayi City, Taiwan
  • Hudson, Ohio, USA
  • Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
  • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario, Canada

3.  Engaging Cities, Businesses and Institutions

  • Melbourne Makes Sustainability Strategy a Community Affair
  • Ipswich Establishes a Youth Sustainability Summit
  • Hudson Creates Engagement Around Solar

4.  Sustainability Culture

  • Binh Duong’s Industrial Culture Change
  • Chiayi City Lets a Thousand Energy-Efficient Homes Bloom
  • Ipswich Starts with Citizens

5.  Putting the Plan into Action

  • Binh Duong Focuses on Youth
  • Citizen Foresters in Melbourne

6.  Partnerships

  • Ipswich Works with Landowners
  • Chiayi Rehabilitates a Legacy Industry

7.  Smart Energy

  • LED Streetlights in Ipswich, Chiayi City and Hudson
  • Binh Duong Methane Recovery

8.  Conservation and Clean Energy

  • Binh Duong Fights the Petro-Curse
  • Chiayi's Low-Carbon Crusade
  • Sarnia-Lambton Gets Big on Solar and Wind
  • Melbourne Occupancy Crunch

9.  Clearing the Air

  • Air Boxes and Smart Roads in Chiayi
  • Waste Reduction in Melbourne

10.  Growing a Greener Economy

  • Greener Chemistry in Sarnia-Lambton

11.  An Ethos of Sustainability

12.  A Quick Self-Test

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