The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval

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Island Press, Oct 12, 2017 - Architecture - 352 pages
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The sustainability challenges of yesterday have become today's resilience crises. National and global efforts have failed to stop climate change, transition from fossil fuels, and reduce inequality. We must now confront these and other increasingly complex problems by building resilience at the community level. But what does that mean in practice, and how can it be done in a way that's effective and equitable?

The Community Resilience Reader offers a new vision for creating resilience, through essays by leaders in such varied fields as science, policy, community building, and urban design. The Community Resilience Reader combines a fresh look at the challenges humanity faces in the 21st century, the essential tools of resilience science, and the wisdom of activists, scholars, and analysts working with community issues on the ground. It shows that resilience is a process, not a goal; how resilience requires learning to adapt but also preparing to transform; and that resilience starts and ends with the people living in a community. Despite the formidable challenges we face, The Community Resilience Reader shows that building strength and resilience at the community level is not only crucial, but possible.

From PCarbon Institute, the producers of the award-winning The PCarbon Reader, The Community Resilience Reader is a valuable resource for students, community leaders, and concerned citizens.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Six Foundations for Building Community Resilience
9
Understanding Our Predicament
43
Gathering the Needed Tools
129
Community Resilience in Action
193
Contributors
317
About Post Carbon Institute
325
Index
327
IP Board of Directors
341
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Daniel Lerch is Publications Director of PCarbon Institute, serving as lead editor and manager of the Institute's books and reports. He is the author of PCarbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty (2007)—the first major local governmguidebook on the end of cheap oil—and was the founding chair of the Sustainable Communities Division of the American Planning Association and a founding co-director of The City Repair Project. Lerch has delivered over 100 presentations to audiences across the United States and abroad, and has been interviewed for numerous media outlets. He has worked with urban sustainability issues for over twenty years in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

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