Urbanization, local government, and planning for sustainability

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Local governments are in a unique position to manifest and implement the practices of sustainability. They possess a decision-making apparatus that allows sustainability practices to be readily implemented; they are the institutions closest to the people and whose decisions reflect on developing the holistic health of the community, meaning that the goals of equity, economy and environmental quality must all be satisfied equally; and they are the institutions that are most directly accountable to the people. This chapter discusses the origins and principles of sustainability planning for cities, various strategies for implementation, and concludes by providing a case study of a sustainability plan for the city of Manila, Philippines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainability Science
Subtitle of host publicationThe Emerging Paradigm and the Urban Environment
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781461431886
ISBN (Print)1461431875, 9781461431879
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • Manila, Philippines
  • Sustainability metrics
  • Urban planning
  • Urban sustainability


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