This work aims to provide a possible specification of the problems involved in greening the built environment and an articulation of the solutions. It begins with a discussion of sustainability as a concept and its applicability to contemporary towns and cities. The following chapters take up particular aspects of the built environment and sustainability in greater depth and include the construction industry, transport, health, planning, community and equity issues, employment and the economy. The links between environmental damage, poverty and the economy are all themes in this book which also focuses on interconnections and on solutions to these three problems. The final chapter explains how the achievement of sustainable development is, in the authors' opinion, dependent on detailed solutions to everyday problems of modern society.
Table of Contents
What are We Doing Here? * The Built Environment and Sustainable Development * Energy Intensity in the Built Environment * Materials Intensity in the Built Environment * Transport and Land Use Planning * Health and the Built Environment * Sustainability and Social Equity * Community, Sustainability and the Built Environment * A New Economy and the Built Environment * the Way Forward * References * Index
Maf Smith is the Local Agenda 21 officer for the Borough of Barrow in Furness, Cumbria. John Whitelegg is professor of environmental studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Nick Williams is senior lecturer in geography at Aberdeen University.