Eco-districts: can they accelerate urban climate planning?

Joan Fitzgerald, Jennifer Lenhart

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Abstract

Despite signing the Mayors Climate Change Agreement, few US cities have made significant progress in either climate mitigation or adaptation. For the most part, European cities have been more effective, albeit with assistance from the European Union and their national governments. Several of the most successful European cities have implemented eco-districts, which have offered many lessons for overall sustainability planning. Using Malmö, Sweden as a case study, we ask how planners and elected officials learned from implementing an eco-district, focusing on experimentation with new technologies and approaches to planning. We identify how “double-loop learning”, a term coined by Argyris and Shön, was at play in changing planning practice. As eco-districts are catching on in North American cities, there is much to be learned from European practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-380
JournalEnvironment and Planning C. Government and Policy
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Fitzgerald, Joan ; Lenhart, Jennifer. / Eco-districts : can they accelerate urban climate planning?. In: Environment and Planning C. Government and Policy. 2016 ; Vol. 34, No. 2. pp. 364-380.
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