1st Edition

Implementing Sustainable Cities

Edited By Sylvie Albert, Jeremy Millard, Manish Pandey Copyright 2025
    274 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume brings together international authors to explore how cities around the world are implementing their commitment towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    To achieve sustainability, cities choose their own goals and develop the necessary governance and resourcing mechanisms to achieve their objectives. This book highlights the innovative ways cities can plan their implementation by drawing on comprehensive research and literature reviews. Case studies from around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, describe examples of various cities’ governance mechanisms, resourcing strategies and implementation strategies. By showcasing these case studies, cities worldwide can emulate, transform, and execute their own vision drawing on the examples and pathways laid out by their peers. The book concludes with a comparative analysis of UN SDG implementation, contrasting the approaches and enabling communities worldwide to learn from one another and choose strategies that meet their local needs.

    This book will be of great interest to students, researchers, and professionals of urban sustainability, planning, smart cities, and sustainable communities. It will also be useful for city and government stakeholders including policy makers, economic development corporations and NGOs.

    Foreword by David Miller, Managing Director of the C40 Centre for City Climate Policy

    1. Introduction

    Sylvie Albert, Jeremy Millard, and Manish Pandey

    2. City Governance and Resourcing  

    Jeremy Millard

    3. UN Voluntary Local Reviews by Cities    

    Sylvie Albert and Manish Pandey

    4. Mexico City, Mexico         

    Diana Alarcón and Rocio Canudas

    5. Measure, Mobilize, Connect: Los Angeles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Madeline Baer and Heidi Nichols Haddad

    6. Sustainable Welfare and Development in Gladsaxe         

    Line Vind

    7. Navigating Sustainability in Shah Alam   

    Kamalia Azma Kamaruddin and Annie Syazrin Ismail

    8. Japan’s Minamata: Challenges and Innovations in SDG Implementation and Sustainability beyond Borders

    Lynn Thiesmeyer

    9. The City of Malmö: “A Star in the Sustainability Sky”    

    Emma Björner, Ingrid Andersson, and Sylviane Toporkoff

    10. Cape Town: Using the SDGs to Unlock Development Potential

    Marc Watum

    11. A Grassroots Approach to Understanding SDGs for a VLR in Kelowna           

    Kusum Wijesekera, Sara Muir, and Danielle Noble-Brandt

    12. Barcelona's Approach to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals          

    Chiara Farinea and Fruzsina Csala

    13. The European Support and Coordination for SDG Voluntary Local Reviews   

    Alice Siragusa, Cecilia Bertozzi, Paola Proietti Paola, and Iraklis Stamos

    14. Comparative Analysis of UN SDG Implementation       

    Sylvie Albert, Jeremy Millard, and Manish Pandey


    Sylvie Albert is a Professor of Leadership and Strategy, the past Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics and Continuing Education, at the University of Winnipeg, Canada.

    Jeremy Millard is an independent researcher affiliated to the Danish Technological Institute as a Senior Analyst and to several European universities as a Senior Visiting Research Fellow.

    Manish Pandey is a Professor of Economics, and the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Canada.