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Sustainability of Urban Infrastructures

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  • Marjana Šijanec Zavrl

    () (Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK, Dimiceva 12, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia)

  • Mine Tanac Zeren

    () (Faculty of Architecture, Dokuz Eylul University, Tınaztepe Campus Kurucesme, Buca, 35210 Alsancak, Izmir, Turkey)

Abstract

The scope of the paper is to overview the different approaches for evaluation of urban infrastructure sustainability. In this context, urban infrastructure covers transportation, energy, water, sewage and information networks as well as waste management and blue-green infrastructure, in terms of both the supply and demand side. A common effort of partners in the European project “C8—Best Practice in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure”, developed under the Cooperation in Science and Technology program (COST), in brief COST C8, was focused on defining the methods, indicators and criteria for evaluation of sustainability, and resulted in a guidebook for decision-makers in local authorities. Here, the COST C8 matrix for simple sustainability assessment of urban infrastructure is applied to The Path (POT) case—a circular memorial and recreational park around the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The applicability and acceptance of the matrix in 43 other cases of sustainable urban infrastructure, collected in the COST C8 project, is presented and discussed.

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  • Marjana Šijanec Zavrl & Mine Tanac Zeren, 2010. "Sustainability of Urban Infrastructures," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(9), pages 1-15, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:9:p:2950-2964:d:9577
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    Keywords

    sustainability; indicators; urban infrastructures; assessment; matrix;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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