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Global Sustainable Communities Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123979148, 9780123979292

Global Sustainable Communities Handbook

1st Edition

Green Design Technologies and Economics

Editor: Woodrow Clark
eBook ISBN: 9780123979292
Paperback ISBN: 9780123979148
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 10th February 2014
Page Count: 608
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Global Sustainable Communities Handbook is a guide for understanding and complying with the various international codes, methods, and legal hurtles surrounding the creation of sustainable communities all over the world. The book provides an introduction to sustainable development, technology and infrastructure outlines, codes, standards, and guidelines written by experts from across the globe.

Key Features

  • Includes methods for the green use of natural resources in built communities
  • Clearly explains the most cutting edge green technologies
  • Provides a common approach to building green communities
  • Covers green practices from architecture to construction


Construction Engineers, Builders, Architects, Mechanical Engineers, Energy Engineers and Environmental Engineers

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. The Green Industrial Revolution


The First Industrial Revolution

The Second Industrial Revolution

Not Enough Supply, too Much Demand

The Green Industrial Revolution

Sustainability is the Key

Renewable Energy: From Central Grid to On-Site and Distributed Power

Storage and Intermittent Technologies

Additive Manufacturing

The Next Economics: Social Capitalism

The Green Industrial Revolution has Started

Chapter 3. Public Policy and Leadership: Infrastructures and Integration



The Shift

Almere Zoneiland: The Sun Island, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Rizhao, China

Gaviotas, Colombia

The Birth of a Nation: The Republic of South Sudan

Chapter 4. China: Resource Assessment of Offshore Wind Potential


Methodology: Geographic Information System-Based Spatial Modeling

Offshore Wind Potential under Technical, Spatial, and Economic Constraints

Economic Costs of Tropical Cyclone Risks

National and Provincial Cost–Supply Curves


Chapter 5. Sustainable Planning of Open Urban Areas in Developing Countries

What is the Challenge? Quick Urbanization and Climate Change in Developing Countries

A lesson from the Design of Jaffa Slope Park: Contradictions and Gaps

Toward Establishing Design Codes for Outdoor Urban Spaces in Developing Countries

The Future of Publicness and its Meaning

Chapter 6. India: Issues for Sustainable Growth/Innovation for Sustainability


Society and Governance

Business/Corporate Role

Trends in Energy Use


Chapter 7. Germany’s Energiewende

A Fledgling Movement from the 1970s

The Energiewende Today

Community Ownership Today


Chapter 8. Multidisciplinary Integrated Development





Toward Interdisciplinarity


Chapter 9. Think Globally, Act Locally, and Plan Nationally An Evaluation of Sustainable Development in Indonesia at National, Regional, and Local Levels

Executive Summary



National Sustainable Development Strategies

Indonesia’s National Sustainable Development Strategy

Analysis of Sustainable Development Indicators

Results from Evaluation of Planning Priorities and Budget Allocations

Analysis of Planning Priorities and Budget Allocations




Translation Acknowledgment

Photo Acknowledgment

Chapter 10. Financial Investments for Zero Energy Houses: The Case of Near-Zero Energy Buildings


Concept of a Zero Energy Building

Importance of Renovating Residential Buildings

Evaluating Investments for Renovation of a Detached House into a Zero Energy Building in Denmark

A Survey on Possibilities to Implement Zero Energy Buildings


Chapter 11. The Canadian Context


Energy Conservation and Efficiency

Renewable Energy Research and Development

Agile, Sustainable Communities


Chapter 12. Energy Management in a Small-Island Developing Economy


Energy Management and Climate Change

Buildings: Caught in a Vicious Circle

Assessing Energy Efficiency

The Way Forward

Chapter 13. Energy System of the Baltic States and its Development

Infrastructure of the Energy Industry and its Economic Significance

Objectives of Sustainable Development of the Energy Industry

Energy System of the Baltic Countries

Renewable Energy Production Technologies in the Baltic States: The Case of Lithuania

Chapter 14. Renewable Energy Generation: Incentives Matter

Introduction: Forms of Incentives for Renewable Energy Generation

Renewable Energy Generation in Italy: An Overall Picture

The Case of Photovoltaics in Italy

The Case of Biomasses in Italy

Renewable Energy Generation: Incentives Matter

Chapter 15. Germany’s Energiewende

Primary Goals and History of the Energiewende

Background and History of the Energiewende

Renewable Energy Law and Feed-in Tariff Mechanism

Cap and Trade: Putting a Price on Carbon in Europe

Achievements of the Energiewende

Challenges and Impediments to the Energiewende

Conclusions and Going Forward

Chapter 16. Educational Programs for Sustainable Societies Using Cross-Cultural Management Method


Educational Program “Strategic Leadership for Sustainable Societies” in Serbia

Research Objective and Study Design



Chapter 17. Business Ventures and Financial Sector in the United Arab Emirates


Small and Medium Enterprises and Government Financial Support

Ease of Doing Business in the United Arab Emirates

Investment Bodies: Key Players and Contributors

Legal Aspects of Conducting Business Activity

Banking Sector: Structure and Recent Developments

Other Key Players of the Financial Market

Business Cooperation between the UAE and Poland

Market Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis of the UAE Market: Business Perspective

Conclusions and Summary

Chapter 18. Development of a Sustainable Disabled Population in Countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf


The Context of the Study

Findings from Available Literature


Chapter 19. Political–Economic Governance of Renewable Energy Systems: The Key to Creating Sustainable Communities

Corporate and Business Influences and Power

International Cases

China Leapfrogs Ahead

China has “Leapfrogged” into the Green Industrial Revolution

The Western Economic Paradigm Must Change

Introduction and Background

European Union Policies

Japan and South Korea are Leaders in the Green Industrial Revolution

Distributed Renewable Energy Generation for Sustainable Communities

Developing World Leaders in Energy Development and Sustainable Technologies

Costs, Finances, and Return on Investment

Conclusions and Future Research Recommendations

Chapter 20. Sustainable Agriculture: The Food Chain


Social Implications

Economic Implications

Environmental Implications

Developing New Solutions

Chapter 21. Development Partnership of Renewable Energies Technology and Smart Grid in China


Solar Electricity Systems and Their Relationship with the Grid

Wind Power

Data Response and Power Transmission Lines: Examples in the United States

Smart Grid and Market Solution

China Rebuilds a Power System and Smart Grid

Chapter 22. The Regenerative Community Régénérer: A Haitian Model and Process Toward a Sustainable, Self-Renewing Economy


Old and New Paradigms

Régénérer’s Business Model

Claremont Environmental Design Group’s Team and Methods

Ecosystematic Analysis

Regenerative Design

Geographic Information Systems and Data Management

Evaluation Metrics

Régénérer’s 25-Acre Pilot Project

Partners in Research to Build a Regenerative Haiti

Haitians and Californians Benefit and Learn from Each Other

Chapter 23. Microcities

Microcities: Helping Mitigate the Rise of the Underground Society

How the City Will Be Sustained Economically

The Importance of Implementing Good Laws

Infrastructure and Environmental Planning

The Health Aspect of a Microcity


Chapter 24. Conclusion

Lessons Learned from Developed and Developing Nations

Economic Themes, Strategies as Opportunities for Renewable Energy

Conclusions as Opportunities



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About the Editor

Woodrow Clark

Woodrow W. Clark, II, MA3 , PhD, is an internationally recognized scholar and expert in economics, renewable energy, sustainability, and sustainable communities. He was a contributing scientist to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC), which as an organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007 along with Al Gore and his film “An Inconvenient Truth." Clark is an internationally recognized, respected expert, author, lecturer, public speaker and consultant on global and local solutions to climate change. His core focus is on economics for smart green communities. During the 1990s, he was Manager of Strategic Planning for Technology Transfer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) with University of California and U.S. Department of Energy. He was one of the contributing scientists for United Nations Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC), awarded 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and Researcher for UN FCCC. From 2000-2003, Clark was Advisor, Renewable Energy, Emerging Technologies & Finance to California Governor Gray Davis. After the “recall” in 2004, Clark founded, and manages Clark Strategic Partners (CSP), a global environmental, policy and economics renewable energy consulting firm. Also 2015-2018, Clark taught courses at University of International Relations (UIR) in Beijing and lectured on “Environment Economics” Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (April 2017). He was appointed (July 2016) to be a member of the Editorial Board for the Energy Review Journal (ERJ) in China. He was selected to be a member of the UN B20 Finance Task Force supported in 2016 by China. Clark teaches and lectures in the EU, especially Denmark and Italy. Clark published 12 books by the end of 2017 and over 70 peer-reviewed articles, which reflect his concern for global sustainable green communities. He has authored and edited books are The Next Economics (Springer, 2012) and Global Sustainable Communities Handbook (Elsevier, 2014). In addition, his latest coauthored books, with Grant Cooke, are The Green Industrial Revolution (Elsevier, 2014), Green Development Paradigm (in Mandarin, 2015) and Smart Green Cities (Routledge, February 2016). In 2017, Clark had three (3) books published, 2nd Ed of his first book: Agile Energy Systems: Global Systems (Elsevier Press) and 2nd Ed of Sustainable Communities Design Handbook (Elsevier Press 2017). Three more books are planned in 2018, including Climate Preservation (Elsevier Press); 2nd Ed of Qualitative Economics: The Next Economics (Springer Press) and Qualitative and Quantitative Economics (Q2E) for Palgrave Press, Clark created Clark Mass Media Company (CM2C) from his media company in San Francisco 3 decades ago that now distributes documentary and dramatic series on economic, political, climate, environmental and social issues. He earned three MA degrees from universities in Illinois and his Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, and in 2017, his PhD thesis was updated into a book on Violence in Schools, Colleges and Universities, Contact: LinkedIn:

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor in Economics, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School (PGSB), Pepperdine University, California, USA

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