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An indexing model for sustainable urban environmental management : the case of Gold Coast, Australia

Dizdaroglu, Didem, Yigitcanlar, Tan, & Tezer, A. (2009) An indexing model for sustainable urban environmental management : the case of Gold Coast, Australia. In Ecocity World Summit 2009 the 8th International Ecocity Conference, 13-15 December 2009, Turkey, Istanbul.

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Abstract

Improving urban ecosystems and the quality of life of citizens have become a central issue in the global effort of creating sustainable built environments. As human beings our lives completely depend on the sustainability of the nature and we need to protect and manage natural resources in a more sustainable way in order to sustain our existence. As a result of population growth and rapid urbanisation, increasing demand of productivity depletes and degrades natural resources. However, the increasing activities and rapid development require more resources, and therefore, ecological planning becomes an essential vehicle in preserving scarce natural resources. This paper aims to indentify the interation between urban ecosystems and human activities in the context of urban sustainability and explores the degrading environmental impacts of this interaction and the necessity and benefits of using sustainability indicators as a tool in sustainable urban evnironmental management. Additionally, the paper also introduces an environmental sustainability indexing model (ASSURE) as an innovative approach to evaluate the environmental conditions of built environment.

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ID Code: 29512
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Sustainable Urban Development, Environmental Sustainability, Ecological Planning, Environmental Sustainability Index
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Analysis and Development (120507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2011 11:25
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2011 11:25

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