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Leaning Toward Sustainability

CLINTON J. ANDREWS I came to sustainability through a belief that U.S. society has lost its sense of balance. My thrifty Scottish ancestors helped shape my worldview that values efficiency and disdains ostentation. My heretical English ancestors gave me the confidence to question authority. My Irish and German ancestors helped me appreciate a good glass of beer. The 1973 oil shocks helped catalyze my interest in these topics. As the director of an academic program in urban planning, I’ve seen sustainability enter the professional lexicon and compete for mindshare with other conceptions of good planning. From planning as applied science in the 1960s to planning as sustainable development in the new millennium, each stage in the evolution of the profession has brought new goals and mandated new skills. My service spans from chair of the Rutgers University Sustainability Committee to chair of my town’s Green Community Working Group. These activities…Log In to Read Full Article

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