Producing the Sustainable City

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Grand Ballroom B, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Kris Bezdecny, Kevin Archer
Chairs: Kris Bezdecny


With the rise of the Anthropocene, humans are being recognized as a global force of nature. On smaller scales, however, this pattern has long been evidenced – particularly in cities. From parks and green spaces to rehabilitation and preservation projects, the production of nature continues to be a vital dynamic in urban spaces.
Moreso than this is the expanding acknowledgement of the role of urban spaces in impacting environmental factors on regional and global scales, and in developing and implementing policies designed to mitigate that impact. These policies, however, are often disconnected from the inequities occurring within the urban space – and urban residents’ perceptions of the production of nature and the implementation of urban environmental policies through a dichotomous urban/nature lens.
This session seeks to further explore the relationship between cities and the environment, and to examine the production of the sustainable city. We are seeking the latest theoretical research and case studies that focus on:
• Critiques and debates on the meaning and applicability of sustainability in general, and to the city in particular;
• What can a sustainable city look like, beyond the assumed status quo of the Brundtland definition of sustainability;
• The relationship between socially produced nature, or socionature, and urban sustainability;
• Issues of urban global governance in implementing sustainable policies, such as the role of cities in the Paris Climate Accord;
• The greenwashing of cities and the implications and consequences of sustainability theming;
• Additional research topics that explore the relationship between cities and the environment.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Melanie McDermott*, Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, Equity and the sustainable city: ‘Just Green’ or ‘Just and Green’? 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Oscar Sosa Lopez*, University of Georgia, Green infrastructure and urban citizenship: Insights from Mexico City 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Alexander Ramiller*, Macalester College, “From the Neighborhood Up”: Neighborhood Sustainability Certification Frameworks and the New Urban Politics of Scale 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Kris Bezdecny*, California State University - Los Angeles, Urban governance and environmental justice: the role of cities in enacting the Paris Climate Agreement 20 9:00 AM

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