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The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns can Change to Sustainable Practices Paperback – April 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865714916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865714915
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah James is the principal of a city and town planning consulting firm specializing in participatory planning methods. She co-authored the American Planning Association's Planning for Sustainability Policy guide, and has published articles and given workshops throughout the United States on this subject. Torbjörn Lahti is the project director for Sustainable Robertsfors, a five-year sustainable community demonstration project. He was the project planner for Sweden's first eco-municipality, Övertorneå, and was instrumental in the formation of SeKom, the Swedish national association of eco-municipalities.

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Read the book from my bother's recommendation.
Forrest Butterfield
It has helped other cities in Wisconsin to become more sustainable and it truly has a lot of ideas in it.
Justin M. Glodowski
Bought this book as required reading for my UCLA Extension class called Sustainable Communities.
J.H.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer M on February 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
In the 1980s, Lahti's hometown of Overtornea, Sweden was dying. The worldwide recession left the village in an inhospitable climate with no major industry and a declining population. Lahti organized community residents and developed a plan to revitalize Overtornea using principles of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Thus was born the sustainability revolution in Sweden that is taking hold in Europe and spreading to other parts of the world. This is not a story, but a how-to manual. The king of Sweden has endorsed Lahti's methods and seen a resurgence of vital business throughout the country while reducing waste and fossil fuel consumption.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Justin M. Glodowski on December 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
Currently, my city is undergoing a move from an average municipality to becoming an eco-municipality. This change would have never been possible without this inspirational book. Our city is working at creating a system approach to change rather than doing one little thing at a time just like The Natural Step advises.

It has helped other cities in Wisconsin to become more sustainable and it truly has a lot of ideas in it. It uses a lot of referesnces to Sweden, but still leaves room to discuss how North America is pushing for change as well. This is a MUST read for anybody who works in municipal government or is an active community leader.
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By Eghosa on July 29, 2013
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This book is a must read for individuals, community leaders and politicians that have positive aspirations for development of a better society
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By Chelsey on April 17, 2013
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This book pertains to my major and my future career; therefore I figured it would be a great addition to my personal library.
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