The health of our planet and ourselves depends on how we plan, design, and construct the world between our buildings. Our increasing dependence on fossil fuels over the last century has given us unprecedented individual mobility and comfort, but the consequences are clear. Climate change, sprawl, and reliance on foreign oil are just a few of the challenges we face in designing new-and adapting existing-communities to be greener. Based on the National Building Museum's Green Community exhibition, this book is a collection of thought-provoking essays that illuminate the connections among personal health, community health, and our planet's health. Green Community brings together diverse experts, each of whom has a unique approach to sustainable planning, design, politics, and construction.
Part 1 The Green Community in Context 1. The Sustainable City: A Mythical Beast? Sir Peter Hall Part 2 Density and Transportation 2. Round, Round, Get Around: Reducing Transportation Burdens in the Green Community F. Kaid Benfield 3. Introduction to Connectivity Fred Hansen 4. Creating the Planning and Infrastructure Framework for Mixed Use Mixed Income Transit-Oriented and Urban-Infill Development Jonathan Rose 5. Sustainable Megapolitan: How Large-Scale Urban Development Can Help Green America Robert E. Lang and Mariela Alfonzo Part 3 Conservation and Preservation 6. Green Communities and the Redefining of Community Wealth Timothy Beatley 7. Finding Common Ground: Historic Preservation and Green Building Richard Moe, with Patrice Frey 8. Managing Development to Create Sustainable Communities Douglas R. Porter, FAICP Part 4 Energy and Resources 9. Energy and Communities William Browning 10. Energy and Community Greening Thomas L. Daniels 11. The Spillover Effects of Growing Crops for Biofuels Scott A. Malcolm and Marcel Aillery 12. Green Infrastructure for Blue Urban Watersheds Mary Rickel Pelletier 13. Local Sustainable Energy Sources Erica Heller, AICP, and Mark Heller, AICP Part 5 Local Health and Global Health 14. Healthy Communities, Green Communities Howard Frumkin 15. Atlantic Station Climate Change and Public Health James A. LaGro Jr. 16. Toward Sitopia Carolyn Steel 17. Food and Community Greening Thomas L. Daniels 18. The Impact of the Built Environment on Healthi? The Braini? Stress Response and the Brain-Immune Connection: Implications for Health Care and Urban Design Esther M. Sternberg Part 6 Conclusion 19. Conclusion Representative Earl Blumenauer