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The greening of Chicago: environmental leaders and organisational learning in the transition toward a sustainable metropolitan region


  • Robert Young


Urban sustainability literature calls for new governance relations to support green urban agendas. Privileging non-hierarchical relations, this literature fails to address the means by which organisations create these capacities. The author interviewed public, private and community environmental leaders in metropolitan Chicago regarding their disposition toward creating boundary spanning organisations (BSOs) in addressing the City's Environmental Action Agenda. Their responses reflect engaged efforts to enhance cross-boundary sharing of information, resources, and power. However, they also reflect the decisive role of central authority in initiating this process. These findings suggest the complexity of urban governance in transitions toward sustainability and the opportunities they provide to explore the implications of on-the-ground practice.

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  • Robert Young, 2010. "The greening of Chicago: environmental leaders and organisational learning in the transition toward a sustainable metropolitan region," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(8), pages 1051-1068.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:53:y:2010:i:8:p:1051-1068 DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2010.508948

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    1. Taedong Lee & Chris Koski, 2012. "Building Green: Local Political Leadership Addressing Climate Change," Review of Policy Research, Policy Studies Organization, vol. 29(5), pages 605-624, September.


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