Eco-city indicators: governance challenges

Joss, S., Tomozeiu, D. and Cowley, R. 2012. Eco-city indicators: governance challenges. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. 155, pp. 109-120.

TitleEco-city indicators: governance challenges
AuthorsJoss, S., Tomozeiu, D. and Cowley, R.
Abstract

According to the most recent (2011) global census of eco-city initiatives, there are currently 178 eco-city initiatives under development, representing a significant mainstreaming of urban sustainability in the last decade.

As the number of eco-city initiatives grows, so the question of how to define eco-city indicators and establish standards becomes more pressing.

While there are many sustainability standards and certification schemes available for use at building level (e.g. LEED, BREEAM), similar sustainability assessment and endorsement frameworks for the urban level have only recently begun to emerge.

This article surveys the current situation by: (i) proposing a conceptual model of urban sustainability indicators from a governance perspective; (ii) presenting the findings of a comparative analysis of the use of urban sustainability indicators in nine eco-city initiatives; and (iii) outlining key challenges for the future development of international urban sustainability standards.

It argues that the current situation is marked by a considerable diversity of practice and governance functions, and an ongoing tension between place-specificity and universal applicability as goals of urban sustainability.

JournalWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
Journal citation155, pp. 109-120
ISSN1743-3541
Year2012
PublisherWIT Press
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.2495/SC120101
Publication dates
Published2012

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