|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.|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||climate adaptation - climate mitigation - environmental governance - environmental policy - local climate action|
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.