1st Edition

Community Vision and Leadership in Practice A Sustainable Approach

By Chris Maser, Holly V. Campbell Copyright 2024
    174 Pages
    by CRC Press

    174 Pages
    by CRC Press

    This book is about building and maintaining involved, sustainable, and inclusive communities from the ground up during a period of unprecedented growth and global change. It explains the concepts and principles of community and sustainability and provides students with a framework of sustainable community planning to put into practice. It is also designed to help communities everywhere identify and reconnect the true essence of their ecological setting with the objective of raising their quality of life by increasing social, environmental, and economic sustainability.


    • Provides up-to-date frameworks for sustainable community planning processes and case studies on community planning
    • Explains tools for sustainable planning in accessible (non-specialist) language
    • Illustrates a roadmap to an inclusive, collaborative future
    • Explains aspects of sustainable community planning to maximize ecological ecosystem services and climate co-benefits simultaneously
    • Includes discussion questions and suggestions following each chapter

    Intended for undergraduate and graduate students taking leadership and community courses with an emphasis on sustainable practices and ethics, as well as for citizens and professionals involved in community projects related to sustainability, the authors provide a forward-thinking approach, showing readers that they are capable of making a positive impact on the future of community development through sustainable approaches and ethical leadership practices.

    1. Why Is a Shared Vision Important?  2. The Concept of Community  3. Questions We Need to Ask  4. Understanding A Vision, Goals, and Objectives  5. The Essence of Leadership  6. Coping With the Responsibilities and Pressures of Leadership  7. Negotiating Constraints to Community Visions  8. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together by Making Inclusive and Intelligent Decisions  9. Time, Change, and Resilience: The Theory and Practice of Community Sustainability


    Chris Maser has spent over 25 years as a research scientist in natural history and ecology. His experiences include international research studies in Egypt and Nepal and three-year (1970-1973) ecological survey of the Oregon Coast for the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. He was a research ecologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management for thirteen years (1974 - 1987) and a landscape ecologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1990-1991). Today he is an independent author as well as an international lecturer, facilitator in resolving environmental conflicts, vision statements, and sustainable community development. He is also an international consultant in forest ecology and sustainable forestry practices. He has written over 290 publications, including 47 books that he has either authored, co-authored, or edited.

    Holly V. Campbell holds a JD with certificates in ocean and coastal and environmental law from the University of Oregon, LLM in natural resource law from the Wallace Stegner Center at the University of Utah School of Law, and a PhD in environmental sciences from Oregon State University. Holly’s teaching spans Oregon State University, including her home department Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences (College of Agricultural Sciences), School of Public Policy (College of Liberal Arts), Marine Resource Management (College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences), and the University Honors College, reflecting the interdisciplinarity of her work. She teaches courses in ecosystem services, wildlife law, energy policy, water and climate, marine policy, coastal and ocean law, innovation in cities, environmental science perspectives on the future of food, and others. Apart from her work in academics, she has also worked with world renowned environmental organizations such as the OECD, the US EPA, and the US FERC. Her work appears in peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

    This book adds some especially needed assets to my teaching toolbox. I have used Chris’s publications for years and have considered his works to be the Compass. Holly and Chris integrate the inviolable principles with agency such that students can see how a sustainable end can be accomplished. Year after year I have seen students struggle with overpowering feelings of loss and lack of control once they truly begin to understand how natural systems work and then learn the reality of current conditions. This can shut them down and affect their ability to fully integrate what they have learned, their desire to learn more, and then act on it. I also think the questions at the end of the chapters are useful for topic review and because they are introspective, they encourage meaningful class discussions. Glad to have a book like this structured for student learning!

    Cindy Haws, Assistant Professor of Science, Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR.

    Chris and Holly have made the topic very approachable with the clarity of definitions, thesis statements, and useful examples cited. The discussion questions are both useful in helping the reader to recall and integrate what they’ve learned of the topics discussed and inviting the reader(s) to contribute back. Lastly, the book leaves the reader with hope, with a sense of real possibility. We are indeed faced with complicated problems, but there are solutions that we all can and must contribute to. I think that’s one of the most important things in a book of this nature—did you leave the reader thinking, “Yes, I can”? In my eyes, yes! They have succeeded in that!

    Taryn Bazurto, Chairperson (2020-2022), Benton County Democrats, Corvallis, OR.

    Campbell and Maser narrate a series of imperative matters, weaving stories about socio-ecological system sustainability throughout forests, coastal seas, and urban areas. Their perception of the lane that social acuity and environmental management share deepens consciousness into a global confrontation of the problems our communities face. The sustainability practitioner community will gain traction into the crux of querying land-use alterations, critical nature-based solutions, and historical shifts. Elucidating the evolution of conserving social and ecological resources, this text takes readers on a necessary trip to view communities confronting unremitting change. It delivers a newfangled vision of sustainability spanning the socio-environmental realm while unifying peoples, establishments, and mindsets engaged in the matrix of global-change planning.

    Joshua Redford Kesling, Honors Bachelor of Science Student in Natural Resource Management and Conservation Policy. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


    I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who works with a range of stakeholders and wants to enhance their skills in identifying shared values, which will serve as the basis for building consensus and moving towards tangible results. For this reason, I believe it would be especially useful to community planners, who frequently find themselves in processes that depend on clear communication and often involve parties with competing interests. The book helps readers recognize barriers to communication and to identify what is negotiable, and what is not, when working towards sustainability visions, goals, and objectives. I especially loved the discussion on leadership and the need for leaders to be authentic and good followers.

    Matt Bowling, AICP, Matt Bowling Planning, LLC, Buffalo, New York