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A comprehensive approach focused on sustainable change Asset Building and Community Development, Fourth Edition examines the promise and limits of community development by showing students and practitioners how asset-based developments can improve the sustainability and quality of life. Authors Gary Paul Green and Anna Haines provide an engaging, thought-provoking, and comprehensive approach to asset building by focusing on the role of different forms of community capital in the development process. Updated throughout, this text explores how communities are building on their key assets—physical, human, social, financial, environmental, political, and cultural capital— to generate positive change. With a focus on community outcomes, the authors illustrate how development controlled by community-based organizations provides a better match between assets and the needs of the community.

Food, Energy, and Community
Food, Energy, and Community

The central assumption of the asset-based development approach is that community resources can be transformed and mobilized to better serve local needs and enhance the quality of life of residents. In many cases, community resources may not be adequate, and there is a need to access external resources to build capacity. In this chapter, we focus on community development efforts to reduce dependencies on external resources by promoting local sustainability. Some refer to this approach as “green community development.” We focus on two key movements: local food systems and renewable energy. Both of these examples represent efforts to use local assets to build a more sustainable future. In both cases, communities may not have enough local resources ...

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