Innovation for Sustainability: Toward a Sustainable Urban Future in Industrialized Cities
Sustainability Science (2012) 7 (Supplement 1): 91–100. DOI 10.1007/s11625-011-0152-2
10 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2012 Last revised: 17 Jul 2014
Date Written: January 18, 2012
Achieving a sustainable urban future has become an important focus globally. In this paper, three major themes of a sustainable urban future are presented: a low carbon society, cities in the context of an ageing population and revitalization of the urban–rural fringe. Visions of these themes, in the context of highly industrialized regions, are discussed. To achieve a low carbon society, the importance of technological innovations such as new technologies and systems applied in buildings (homes and businesses), industries, and transportation are emphasized. To adapt to an ageing society, a compact city is seen with responsive transport, infrastructure and services that cater to the needs of the elderly. To enhance the urban–rural fringe, the introduction of eco-industries, which can create opportunities for both sides, is proposed.
Keywords: Sustainabilty Science, Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation, Environment and Development, Environment and Trade
JEL Classification: B40, N50
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