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The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns can Change to Sustainable Practices

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Sustainability may seem like one more buzzword and cities and towns like the last places to change, but The Natural Step for Communities provides inspiring examples of communities that have made dramatic changes toward sustainability and explains how others can emulate their success.

Chronicled in the book are towns like Övertorneå, whose government operations recently beca
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by New Society Publishers
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I heard about this book at Family Camp (an annual event I attend which includes speakers). It's the springboard for discussions in communities that want to be more sustainable. Most of the examples in the book are from Sweden, but many communities in the US and elsewhere are following these principles, including quite a few in Wisconsin, from the usual suspects like Madison and Bayfield to smaller towns not usually thought of as hotbeds of environmentalism. The Natural Step is not only about the ...more
I read this for a class -- easy and enjoyable to read, inspiring stories and ideas from communities that have made advances in sustainability. I especially like the focus on Sweden, next time I go to Iceland I'd like to visit Sweden and see some of their eco-communities. Santa Monica got a few compliments in the book too.
It felt a bit dated. And so many of the examples were from Swedish communities, so I had some trouble relating them to my experience. The US examples were tacked on to the end of each chapter. I would have loved to read "10 years later" analyses of these sustainable initiatives.
The library I run has started three Natural Study Circles and while some of the book is the boiler plate conservation and sustainability argument the approach of bring about change through municipalities is fresh and encouraging.
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this is a must read if we are all going to change the way we live. it's kinda boring, but full of information and ideas on how to waste less and get more out of our cities and environment.
A very good program for sustainability.

Comprehensive, direct, applicable, repeatable.

I attended a week-long seminar with the authors and was VERY impressed.
As the current chairperson of my local community Green Committee, I am going to start in an upcoming study group. I look forward to it.
Kirsten Barton
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Recommended to Kirsten by: sustainability community group
very dry - hard to stick with it, but full of referenceable information
great case studies. Light reading for text book related stuff
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