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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.
Chapter 3: Community Sustainability
Sustainability is a critical feature of the community development process. One of the many goals of community development is to sustain places and people using all forms of community capital. In this chapter, we argue that sustainability should play an explicit role in the practice of community development. By making this argument, we believe it is necessary to define community sustainability, discuss its history, and explain approaches or frameworks for practicing sustainable community development. Sustainable community development relies heavily on a systems approach that recognizes the interconnections between the economy, environment, and social basis of the community. For example, if a community-based organization (CBO) is planning an affordable housing project, should energy efficiency be made a part of that type of ...