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      ECOLOGICALLY ENGINEERING CITIES THROUGH INTEGRATED SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS PLANNING

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      Journal of Green Building

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          INTRODUCTION

          Every day more evidence surfaces about the dire state of the environment. More and more, sustainable development is fundamentally about meeting human needs while restoring balance to the global ecosystem that is failing. Greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets and other new environmental performance targets are rapidly being adopted across the globe to try to shore up this degradation.

          We are finally entering the era of broad scale environmental accountability. Achieving sustainability performance targets across complex and integrated social, ecological, and economic systems requires new ways of engineering the way we interact with the environment. In turn, ecologically engineering the built environment requires new quantitative performance approaches to planning. It requires understanding and analyzing the complex systematic relationships between the built and natural environment and capitalizing on the efficiencies that can be found through integrated design.

          The sustainability movement is currently focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but the threats to sustainability run much deeper than that. Climate change is driving changes to nearly all ecosystem services upon which we rely. Reducing carbon emissions has taken a front seat in sustainability programming, but typically through a somewhat focused lens of energy and transportation systems.

          This paper will discuss an approach to sustainability that is more holistic and ecosystem based. One that optimizes the ecological opportunities of a site and technology to make the built environment more sustainably integrated with the natural environment at the site, region, and global scale.

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          Journal
          jgrb
          Journal of Green Building
          College Publishing
          1552-6100
          1943-4618
          1943-4618
          Winter 2009
          : 4
          : 1
          : 58-75
          Author notes

          1Isaac Brown is a planner with the EDAW, Inc. His diverse professional experience as a physical planner, landscape designer, and natural resource manager equips him with a unique and timely perspective on sustainability and urban green infrastructure. He currently serves as a Regional Thought Leader for EDAW’s Global Climate Change and Sustainability Practice Line and is coordinator of EDAW’s West Region Ecological Design Group. Email: Isaac.Brown@ 123456edaw.com .

          2Steve Kellenberg is an EDAW principal and has more than 25 years of experience in large-scale master planned community and new town planning projects. His education and experience have resulted in integrated urban design, economics, market analysis, and public participation skills. He has worked with numerous national developers at the management level, assisting in master planning, detailed design, and builder process through implementation. Kellenberg leads EDAW’s Green Communities initiative, and has directed a national team in a number of large, new community plans that implement green building practices at various levels. Email: Steven.Kellenberg@ 123456edaw.com .

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          jgb.4.1.58
          10.3992/jgb.4.1.58
          ©2009 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

          Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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          Pages: 18
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