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Unformatted text preview: Mosser, 1 My Sustainable City Planning Guide Chelsea Mosser May 31, 2011 ES 135B My Process Mosser, 2 I focused most of my research for my Sustainable Planning Toolkit based off of what I found on the Internet. I gathered a diverse range of different planning topics. My main goal in creating this toolkit was to provide assistance in a wide variety of planning issues so I will be able to refer back to them as needed when I start my career in planning. When I first started, I brainstormed what topics I found interesting and important to planning, and more importantly, what would be helpful to me in the future. I came up with Agriculture, Economics, Green Building, Smart Growth/Infill/New Urbanism, Open Space and Parks, Sustainability in Planning, Urban Livability, and finally the websites for the Greenest Cities. I figured that Smart Growth/Infill/New Urbanism were staples in a planners toolkit as well as sustainability and urban livability. I added Agriculture because I believe that localizing agriculture is important in a sustainable community. Also, economics is important when considering as city sustainable as well. Open Space and Parks are important for sustainable cities based on conservation efforts and reducing sprawl. I also decided to add the websites for the most sustainable or green cities to refer back to when needed. However, Green Building is the most important to me because it is what I am the most interested in. My research was primarily done on the Internet where I included academic journals, governmental publications, professional research, educational research, non-profit publications and news articles. The main way I researched for websites was through a simple Google search. However, when I did find an interesting website, I tried to navigate within that website to find any additional links within the website. This is also where I succeeded in finding articles. My Discoveries I divided my toolkit into nine different sections. I organized them alphabetically to make it easier for me to navigate. I started with the agricultural folder which focuses on the conversion of prime agricultural land due to sprawl and various different tools to combat that conversion including four analytical reports on conservation easements that covers national to local effectiveness. The next folder in my toolkit is the Economics folder. I find this folder important due to the fact that the folder is significant as planning and development patterns must be economically and environmentally sustainable. The next folder I found to be one of the most important and interesting ones. Green Building is one of the aspects of planning I think is the most important to creating a sustainable city. In addition to studying Environmental Studies, I am also studying the Art History: Architecture and the Environment major here at UCSB. I really find Green Building a prime concept in designing and making a city sustainable. Therefore, I found plenty of articles that will help me in my career. I am from Malibu, which sustainable....
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