Cities are the most likely actors to design and bring about lasting sustainability. An agreement among the world’s larger cities is possible, and likely a necessary but insufficient condition to achieve sustainable development.
Cities and Sustainability explores the ways in which cities are both the biggest threat to sustainability, and the most powerful tool to get us to sustainable development. Employing an innovative methodology to a complex issue, the book proposes new metrics and approaches that assume cities as fundamental in the search for sustainability. Providing population projections for the world’s larger cities and a hierarchy of sustainable cities, the author develops two new tools: (i) a cities approach to physical and socio-economic boundaries, and (ii) sustainability costs curves. These tools are designed to be implemented in a multi-stakeholder, integrated partnership that truly maximizes the benefits of cities in the quest for sustainability.
Applying the tools outlined in the book to case studies from Dakar, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Toronto, this volume will be of great relevance to students, scholars and practitioners with an interest in urban and city management, climate change, and environment and sustainability more broadly.
Table of Contents
- Searching for Sustainability – The urgency of an effective approach
- Sustainable Development for cities and citizens
- The Urbanscape – Why cities are at the core of sustainability
- Cities Defining Sustainable Development
- Widening Concepts – A Cities Approach to Planetary Boundaries
- Market Concepts – Sustainability Cost Curves
- Towards effective agreements on sustainable development through cities
- Path Forward
Afterword – The Buenos Aires Accord
Daniel Hoornweg is an Associate Professor and Richard Marceau Chair in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada.