In keeping with Lexy's guest post, I am going to share some intriguing resources with you. As part of my work with the U.S. Green Business Council and The Garrison Institute, I have been exploring a number of interesting blogs, articles, and books related to sustainable cities and sustainable community-building. Here are some of my favorites:
Renee Lertzman and a blog post about her work,
"Make Me Love You - And Maybe I'll Change: how building sciences might benefit from time on the couch"
Renee is a psychologist who works on climate change behavior and engagement. This is a blog post about a presentation that she gave to people who work on sustainability and buildings in which she shares insights from psychotherapy and consumer branding--to help people feel connected to the buildings where they live, work, and play. I see this as a great addendum to my previous post on buildings.
Sustainable Cities Collective
This blog has lots of interesting posts that explore sustainability from the perspectives of placemaking and participatory engagement--both still rare perspectives in this field. It also focuses on urban places--so very relevant to the Chicago region.
NeighborPower: Building Community the Seattle Way, by Jim Diers
Jim is on the Faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern, where I am a fellow. His book is a great testament to the ability of government to work in collaboration with communities to create change together. And many of his examples relate to nature and sustainability--no surprise, they're from Seattle!
What are your favorite blogs, articles, graphics, videos, books about sustainability--and why do you like them? Let's create a list together!
P.S. I am off next week to The Garrison Institute's Climate, Cities, and Behavior symposium in Garrison, New York--so look for a post the week after about that experience!