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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.

Natural Disasters and Climate Change
Natural Disasters and Climate Change

In the past several years, the world has seen major natural disasters. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami, created from a massive earthquake on the ocean floor, killed tens of thousands of people along coastlines in 11 countries (National Geographic News, 2004). In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in addition to parts of the Gulf Coast. In 2010, a large earthquake struck Haiti, near the capital city of Port-au-Prince, killing more than a hundred thousand people. Smaller natural disasters occur throughout the world regularly. In the United States, tornadoes consistently tear through communities. Greensburg, Kansas, was largely destroyed after a large tornado and has since vowed to rebuild (see Case Study 14.1). Sixty-four tornados ...

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