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Alex Russ

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705823

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705823.001.0001

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Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Cities

(p.21) 2 Sustainable Cities
Urban Environmental Education Review

Martha C. Monroe

Arjen E. J. Wals

Hiromi Kobori

Johanna Ekne

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter presents three cases that demonstrate a variety of interactions between residents and expert leaders in fostering sustainability innovations in cities. It looks at sustainable cities in Sweden, Japan, and the Netherlands, focusing on common principles that may help explain their success as well as the role of environmental education and learning in these efforts. All three examples engage municipal nonprofit and government agency leaders with residents in many different ways. Leaders and residents learn about sustainability as they build skills for participatory decision making. They offer ideas and realize that their contributions matter. The cases have outlived their inception phase and continue to grow and improve their outcomes despite setbacks, changing circumstances, and even opposition. The chapter explains how monitoring the outcomes of such innovations, including through citizen science and social learning, can contribute to their effectiveness.

Keywords:   sustainability innovations, sustainable cities, Sweden, Japan, Netherlands, sustainability, participatory decision making, citizen science, social learning, environmental education

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