The Key to Sustainable Cities: Meeting Human Needs, Transforming Community Systems

by Gwendolyn Hallsmith (Author)

Product Description

Most of the world’s population now live in cities, but despite wide agreement on
the core values of sustainable societies, municipalities are so busy solving
current problems, they don’t have the time or resources to plan effective action
for sustainability.
The Key to Sustainable Cities uses the principles of system dynamics to
demonstrate how today’s problems were yesterday’s solutions. The book points to
a new approach to city planning that builds on assets as a starting point for
cities to develop healthy social, governance, economic, and environmental
Gwendolyn Hallsmith has worked to build sustainable communities for over twenty
years as a municipal manager, a regional planning director, and with the
Institute for Sustainable Communities. She lives in Marshfield, Vermont.

About the Author
Gwendolyn Hallsmith has worked on sustainable development in many different
capacities, including positions such as Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency
of Natural Resources, the Town Manager of Randolph, Vermont, as the Regional
Planning Director in Franklin County, Massachusetts, and as a Senior Planner for
the Massachusetts Office of Energy Resources. She has a Master's degree in
Public Policy from Brown University, and has had over twenty years of experience
working on environmental issues. She is currently Campaign Coordinator for the
Vermont Earth Charter and a Pastor with the United Federated Church in

Product Details

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: New Society Publishers (September 1, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0865714991


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