Capital Cities and Urban Sustainability examines how capital cities use their unique hub resources to develop and disseminate innovative policy solutions to promote sustainability. Cities are taking a leading role in defining a sustainable future at a time when national, state, and regional governments in several countries do not provide sufficient leadership.
Capital cities stand out among cities as likely leading drivers in the effort to empower sustainable innovation as they provide a hub for connecting a variety of key constituencies. While acknowledging the successes capital cities have achieved, the international, multi-disciplinary contributors to this work discuss how there is room to do more and improve. The promotion of specific sustainability policies in crucial areas such as clean water provision, high tech innovation, public procurement contracting, and improving flood control in capital cities is examined through various global case studies. The examples range from relatively rich capital cities, such as Copenhagen, where the well-financed hub would be expected to succeed in generating sustainable policies, to poorer cities such as Phnom Penh, where such an optimistic outcome can seem less likely.
"This book provides insight into the unique role that capital cities can and should play as leaders in sustainability. The authors show persuasively that capital cities are different from other types of cities: they are home to the national government, numerous networks of NGSOs, media and think-tanks, and are linked though embassies to the wider global community. Capital cities can—potentially-- stimulate the process of developing sustainability solutions in novel ways which in turn can be disseminated throughout the rest of the country, and the international community."
Lisa Benton-Short, professor of Geography, George Washington University
"This book presents a conceptually stimulating and data rich insight into the sustainability policies and practices in the national capitals throughout the world. Does a well-functioning capital city hub necessarily lead to effective sustainability efforts? Is sustainability agenda in the capitals enabled or constrained by their political role? What are the factors of success or failure? The book makes a first attempt to answer these questions by placing the national capitals on the global map of urban sustainability."
Andrey N. Petrov, President, International Arctic Social Sciences Association and Associate Professor of Geography, University of Northern Iowa, USA
1: Capital Cities: Hubs that Stimulate Innovative Sustainability Policy – Robert Orttung 2: Hal Wolman 3: Measuring Sustainability – Stanislav Shmelev 4: Moving the Capital to Promote Sustainability Innovations: Analyzing Cairo’s Future Plans - Sahar Attia 5: Implementing EU-Required Procurement Contracting Clauses to Advance Sustainability Policies in Copenhagen – Marta Andrecka and Alexandra Horvathova 6: Promoting High-Tech Innovation in Stockholm, Anna Helm and Nicole Forsberg 7: Delivering Clean Water in an African Capital – Jennifer Lessick 8: Responding to Floods in Hanoi - Ly Nguyen and Linda Yarr 9: Phnom Penh: An Unsustainable Capital City - Anthony Bigio 10: Conclusion - Opportunity Missed: What Capital Cities Need To Do to Achieve their Potential – Robert Orttung