Sustainability has become the key challenge for urban planners, housing and infrastructure policy makers. Citizens are increasingly encouraged to live more compactly; in denser urban developments, to use less water and other natural resources and to choose public transport. While councils, government agencies and private business invest in a broad range of promotions offering discounts on sustainable products and services, uptake has been slow and the impacts marginal at a time when environmental stresses suggest that we must act fast. This book examines this pressing problem in a holistic way, discussing broad-scale sustainability policies and programmes for achieving sustainable urban futures. It brings together academics and practitioners to analyze the complexity and interdependence of principles, models, processes and practices of sustainability in a range of integrated sectors as well as the establishment and maintenance of sustainable physical infrastructure in cities.
'For those looking for more in the sustainability debate than a narrow focus on carbon trading and big picture governance reform, this book is a handy reference. It provides a comprehensive tour of contemporary sustainability practice across Australia, with an emphasis on grass-roots action.' Marcus Spiller, Director SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd, Former National President, Planning Institute of Australia '...a comprehensive overview of the Australian state of affairs for policy makers.' European Journal of Housing Policy 'With its wide-ranging scope, this book could be very stimulating to policy-makers and practitioners, not only in Australia but in any national or local context. Moreover, it may also be interesting and useful for academics and students at urban and regional planning departments of universities.' Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 'Overall, the book provides a good balance of information and insight that relate to the reader as an individual, to policy-makers and to those seeking enhanced understanding and knowledge of sustainability...It is well written, it forms a more integrated assessment of sustainability than many edited books and it does provide valuable policy directions and includes useful case studies. It is an interesting book...it makes a quite valuable addition to the sustainability literature and debate.' New Zealand Geographer '... the themes and approaches highlighted are clearly applicable to all nations grappling with sustainability issues particularly within an urban context.' Geographical Research