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Record number 498703
Title Eco-districts : can they accelerate urban climate planning?
Author(s) Fitzgerald, Joan; Lenhart, Jennifer
Source Environment and Planning C. Government and Policy 34 (2016)2. - ISSN 0263-774X - p. 364 - 380.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263774X15614666
Department(s) Environmental Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Keyword(s) climate adaptation - climate mitigation - environmental governance - environmental policy - local climate action
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.

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