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This paintings is the expressly-environmental bookend to the "Frontier matters in fiscal notion" sequence. the aim of this quantity is to synthesise and synopsise the major paintings from the numerous diversified disciplines that could give a contribution to socially and environmentally responsible/sustainable improvement.

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Fast-food chains were the most fiscally costly—with a net cost to the community of a whopping $5,168 per 1,000 square feet (Mitchell, 2003). Specialty retail, on the other hand, generates a net profit for communities. A study by Austin, Texas–based Civic Economics found that the multiplier effect was dramatically greater for locally owned stores (Civic Economics, 2002). ). In Austin, plans for a Borders bookstore (and with considerable local subsidies) were scrapped in part when this analysis showed such a definite comparative economic benefit from local stores such as BookPeople and Waterloo Records.

London depends on the resources and life support provided by many other places, some quite far away. , Thayer, 2003). Bioregionalism believes in the primary importance of reestablishing deep place connections and awareness. Described simply by some as “living a rooted life,” it “means you are aware of the ecology, economy, and culture of the place where you live, and are committed to making choices that enhance them” (Great River Earth Institute, undated). ). These place relationships are often described in urban–rural terms.

Many of the specific place-strengthening programs, policies, and projects described in the following chapters typically generate many more benefits than costs, even when judged in relatively short time frames. Designing schools to, for instance, maximize the presence of daylight not only enhances student performance and helps create healthier learning environments, but also saves energy and pays for itself almost immediately. A recent analysis of several dozen green-certified building projects in California concluded that while the green investments added on average less that 2 percent to the construction costs of the buildings, they yielded energy and cost savings of ten times this initial investment over a (relatively short) ten-year period (Kats, 2003).

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