We Don't Know Where We Are Going But We Know How to Get There

Authors: E. Melanie DuPuis*, Pace University
Topics: Sustainability Science, Agricultural Geography, Environment
Keywords: sustainability, transitions, resilience, food waste, solar, collaborative governance, networks
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8210, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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How are we getting to a more sustainable world? People often get caught on the "sustainable world" definition. And then they give up. But if we think of sustainability as a flexible and floating concept, the "how" of sustainability becomes clear: through an equitable politics and deliberative science. The paper will present three cases from the New York City Region in which the direction toward sustainability is emerging through networks of actors, and that the most inclusive of these networks are the ones that move forward successfully. The cases are: (1) the design of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project in Lower Manhattan, (2) the emergence of a regional food waste-to-compost system, and (3) regional community solar campaigns.

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