Sustainable Cities and Society1

Sustainable Cities and Society (SCS) is an international journal focusing on fundamental and applied research aimed at reducing the environmental and societal impact of cities. We encourage submission of cross-cutting, multi-disciplinary research in...

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What is Sustainability?

What is Sustainability? What Sustainability Really Means for the Environment and Our Future There seems to be a lot of environmental buzzwords out there, but what exactly is sustainability and how does it affect our planet and conservation efforts?   In essence, to...

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Adaptive Reuse Re-Imagines Obsolete Buildings

Adaptive Reuse Re-Imagines Obsolete Buildings Adaptive reuse of a vacant building is a smart community choice for sustainable development. If you aren't acquainted with this phrase, it describes finding a new purpose for a building rather its original use--or the one...

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Backcasting

Backcasting The concept of “backcasting” is central to a strategic approach for sustainable development. It is a way of planning in which a successful outcome is imagined in the future, followed by the question: “what do we need to do today to reach that...

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The Four System Conditions of Sustainable Society

The Four System Conditions of a Sustainable Society Left to its own devices, the earth is a sustainable system. As we continue to learn, however, the accumulated impacts of human activity over the past two centuries are now threatening our continued well-being. An international...

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Flood Prevention

Flood Prevention Basics:  What Can You Control? Floods are natural events. However, humans can improve flood prevention significantly. Except in unusual cases of dam failure or landslide, a flood is the result of some combination of weather, geology, soils, impervious...

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