Chapter Overview

This introductory chapter introduces students to long-term and newly emergent demographic, social, technological, and environmental changes that challenge the long-term sustainability of state and local governments. The chapter also presents the concepts of social, economic, ecological, and institutional sustainability as well as identifying some things that American state and local governments can do to meet their respective sustainability challenges. In latter sections of the chapter the potential barriers to and opportunities for the promotion of sustainability and the achievement of resilience through the development of adaptive management capacity are covered as well.

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