Sustainable and Resilient Communities: A Comprehensive Action Plan for Towns, Cities, and Regions



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A Step-by-Step Guidebook

Many of today’s communities face an unprecedented struggle to adapt and maintain their environmental, economic, and social well-being in an era beleaguered by fiscal constraints, uncertainty about energy prices and supplies, rapid demographic shifts, and accelerated climate impacts.

Sustainable and Resilient Communities by Stephen Coyle is a step-by-step guidebook for urban planners and urban designers. It explains how to create and implement an actionable plan for making neighborhoods, communities, and regions more environmentally healthy, resource-conserving, and economically resilient.

Sustainable and Resilient Communities delineates measures for repairing, retrofitting, and transforming our built environments and supporting systems.

Stephen j coyle - author of sustainable & resilient communities“Each chapter include detailed approaches, methodologies, strategies or interventions consistent with each chapter’s theme, followed by a set of concise actions that describe specific strategies, programs and best practices; its features, performance expectations, benefits, rewards, risks and drawbacks; first and life-cycle costs; and propensity for support or resistance to adoption and implementation,” explains Stephen Coyle.


About Stephen Coyle

Stephen Coyle, AIA, LEED AP, is founder and principal of Town-Green based in Oakland, California, and co-founder of the National Charrette Institute and Townworks/DPZ, is an architect, urbanist, and community planner.

Coyle and his colleagues design and repair landscapes, buildings, neighborhoods, and cities throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. As co-designer of the award-winning Contra Costa Centre Transit Village, Coyle developed sustainability plans for Hayward, Gilroy, Martinez, Napa, Pleasanton, and Tracy, California.

With Bill Lennertz, Coyle helped to “green” Portland and other Oregon communities through New Urbanist plans and form-based codes.


Posted March 2011