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Ebook – 208 pages
BISAC: SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781550924305
Pub. Date: 2009-06-01

About the Authors

Jennifer Fosket

Jennifer Fosket is a Professor of Sociology at McGill University. She has made a career out of documenting people's experiences and ideas as they concern health and everyday living. Jennifer is a co-founder of Social Green, a non profit organization engaged in research, consulting and education.

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Laura Mamo

Laura Mamo is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. She has made a career out of documenting people's experiences and ideas as they concern health and everyday living. Laura is a co-founder of Social Green, a non profit organization engaged in research, consulting and education.

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Living Green (PDF)

Communities that Sustain

by Jennifer Fosket & Laura Mamo



Social issues are, and need to be, a central part of environmental and economic sustainability efforts. Using stories of extraordinary communities across North America, Living Green showcases the social side of living green.

The book features communities that explicitly integrate social and human factors into their design and planning, and examines the impact living in these communities has on personal health, well-being and the capacity for pursuing sustainability. It includes interviews with developers, architects and residents, highlighting personal ideals and efforts to pursue a sustainable lifestyle.

The book's three parts explore:

  • How community is central to sustainable living in everything from co-housing to communes
  • Communities that specifically integrate green building design components with social justice politics such as racism, poverty and urban alienation.
  • Housing options geared toward mainstream living that offer individual choices to those who wish to live green.

Written for those desiring to hear a good news story, Living Green will appeal to individuals and communities living a sustainable lifestyle, green building activists, and academics in sociology, planning and design, architecture and environmental fields.

Check out the authors' website and blog .

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