Sustainable development—these are two words that planners are hearing more frequently as people talk about the future of how we should plan and how we should live. And yet, many find it difficult to define sustainable development and even harder to identify how it can be incorporated into their everyday lives or planning practices. The articles in this issue of Carolina Planning seek to offer insights into how the concept of sustainable development can be transformed into practice and how it is being adopted by communities and government agencies to realize sustainable goals.
Editors: Dan Broun, Heidi Tolo Merkel, Patricia McGuire, Kirsten Springer
A digital version of this issue is available here.
|SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND THE SARE PROGRAM
The federal SARE program is overviewed and assessed by the author. Research on sustainable agriculture by various institutions is highlighted.
|TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE SEATTLE: GOOD PLANNING AND GOOD POLITICS
Lawrence, J. Gary
The City of Seattle’s Planning Director overviews the city’s effort to develop a comprehensive plan and “urban villages” in Seattle neighborhoods.
|STATE MODELS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
State models for Minnesota, Kentucky, Maine, and Virginia are presented as examples of sustainability.
|COHOUSING: A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
Investigates the potential for cohousing as a model for sustainable communities. The article provides background information, the relationship between cohousing and sustainability, and trends in cohousing’s growth.
|CONSENSUS BUILDING FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
A model for consensus building in sustainable development is presented. Process & substantive issues as well as outcome choices are evaluated.