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Governance report highlights Sonoma Mountain Village practices

09 Feb Posted by in Blog, News, North America, Sonoma Mountain Village, United States | Comments Off
Simon Joss at the University of Westminster recently published ECO-CITY GOVERNANCE: A Case Study of Treasure Island and Sonoma Mountain Village in the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, vol 13 (4).
In recent years, there have been several dozen major ‘eco-city’ initiatives under way world-wide, primarily in response to global climate change and  growing urbanisation. Among these, two have 
been in the making since the early 2000s in California, USA, from where the eco-city movement originated over 20 years ago: Treasure Island, in San Francisco, and Sonoma Mountain Village, in 
Rohnert Park (Sonoma County). This article analyses these urban sustainability initiatives in terms of the emerging hybrid governance relations and interactions, and how these inform the planning, coordination and implementation of the initiatives. Among the key governance aspects discussed are 
the partial privatisation through elaborate public-private arrangements, the role of international partners in shaping the urban sustainability agenda, and the project-based approach used to effect 
the initiatives. The findings suggest a prevailing  mode of ‘governance at a distance’ and related innovation in governance mechanisms which, in turn, impacts on how urban sustainability is 
conceptualised and put in practice.