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Green Urbanism Down Under: Learning from Sustainable Communities in Australia

by Timothy Beatley and Peter Newman Island Press
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In this immensely practical book, Timothy Beatley sets out to answer a simple question: what can Americans learn from Australians about “greeninga city life? Green Urbanism Down Under reports on the current state of “sustainability practicea in Australia and the many lessons that U.S. residents can learn from
the best Australian programs and initiatives.
Australia is similar to the United States in many ways, especially in its “energy footprint.a For example, Australia's per capita greenhouse gas emissions are second only to those of the United States. A similar percentage of its residents live in cities (85 percent in Australia vs. 80 percent in the United States). And it suffers from parallel problems of air and water pollution, a national dependence on automobiles, and high fossil fuel consumption. Still, after traveling throughout Australia, Beatley finds that there are myriad creative responses to these problems'and that they offer instructive examples for the United States.
Green Urbanism Down Under is a very readable collection of solutions.
Although many of these innovative solutions are little-known outside Australia, they all present practical possibilities for U.S. cities. Beatley describes “green transporta projects, “city farms,a renewable energy plans, green living programs, and much more. He considers a host of public policy initiatives and scrutinizes regional and state planning efforts for answers. In closing, he shares his impressions about how Australian results might be applied to U.S. problems.
This is a unique book: hopeful, constructive, and filled with ideas that have been proven to work. It is a “must reada for anyone who cares about the future of American cities.

Chapter 1. Introduction: A Different Land, Similar Challenges
Chapter 2. Greening and Sustaining Cities
Chapter 3. New and Hopeful Perspectives on Ecological Assets
Chapter 4. Strengthening Place, Building Community
Chapter 5. Bush Cities: America's Urban Ecological Capitals
Chapter 6. Regional and State Sustainability Planning
Chapter 7. Learning from Australia: Some Concluding Thoughts on the Value of Comparative
Afterword \ Peter Newman

"Australia and America are car-crazy places on different paths. Australia has much to tell us, if we listen. Green Urbanism Down Under provides invaluable lessons, practical examples, and tangible steps for setting America on a different course. Every planner and polcymaker struggling to make America greener and more sustainable should read this book and borrow liberally from it."
Peter Newman is professor of sustainability at Curtin University in Western Australia. He is the author of Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems (Island Press,

2007). Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities

at the University of Virginia. His books includeGreen Urbanism (Island Press,

2000) andEcology of Place (Island Press, 1997).