Under the tenets of urban sustainability, ‘scale’ remains among the initial considerations before a government can depart on any sustainability ‘journey’. Urban sustainability, a decidedly localized model of sustainability, acknowledges the strong role economics plays at all levels of government, while centering on the ‘built’ environment remaining foremost at the local economic forefront. Indeed, the literature demonstrates a decidedly ‘local’ acceptance of certain sustainability discourses, particularly at the city level. The more recent trend is toward even more “localized” in-city attempts to measure sustainability. Here, a few North American cities have begun to shift more toward the scale of in-city community as laboratory to test the viability, applicability, and the potentiality of sustainability before committing their entire city to go down any sustainability pathway. To exemplify this shift, I explore the impact of “Civano” in Tucson, Arizona, the United States, as it illustrates a newly “built” community put on the ‘right path’ toward sustainability. Strict adherence to the implementation of such potentially economic-driven programs tends to beg the question: “Will the results be urban sustainability, or just economically ‘green’”?
|Keywords:||Urban Sustainability, Green Construction, Sustainable Cities, Civano Project|
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
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