Global Sustainable Communities Handbook

Global Sustainable Communities Handbook

Green Design Technologies and Economics

1st Edition - February 10, 2014

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  • Editor: Woodrow Clark
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123979292

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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

  • Preface

    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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 608
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2014
  • Published: February 10, 2014
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123979292

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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