Part 2: Sustainable Community Building Blocks

From: Toward Sustainable Communities


Sustainable land use can help invigorate communities, and provide considerable environmental, economic, social, and cultural benefits. Redeveloping and reusing existing buildings and land can also revitalize economies and communities that are falling into decay. Sustainable community planning can recognize and respond to the diversity of interests and desires in our communities by encouraging land uses that cater to a range of incomes, ages, physical abilities, and cultural backgrounds.


Marc Roseland

Mark Roseland, Ph.D., MCIP, is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Community Development ( at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada and is a professor in SFU’s Department of Geography. In 1990, as Research Director for the City of Vancouver’s Clouds of Change Task Force, he orchestrated one of the first comprehensive municipal responses to global atmospheric change and local air-quality problems. A former Editor of RAIN magazine, he was the North American Editor of the international journal Local Environment, published in association with ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability, from its inception in 1995 until 2002, and continues to serve on its Editorial Advisory Board. His numerous publications include Eco-City Dimensions: Healthy Communities, Healthy Planet (New Society Publishers, 1997). He lectures internationally, advises communities and governments on sustainable development policy and planning, and participates actively in sustainable community development projects in Vancouver and elsewhere.