Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2014

Degree Name

Master of Science/Master of Community and Regional Planning

Department

Community and Regional Planning

Major

Sustainable Agriculture

First Advisor

Carlton W. Basmajian

Abstract

Across the United States, cities and towns of all sizes are employing sustainability and resilience strategies in an attempt to address a myriad of challenges - natural disasters, rapid development, dwindling populations (Beatley, 1992; Campbell, 1996; Krueger, 2005). Yet, little is known about the communities with populations under 50,000 that are taking a sustainability approach to development. This research employs qualitative methodology to better understand Fairfield, Iowa, a City with a population of under 10,000, that is utilizing a sustainability approach to community development. This case study uses in-depth interviews, a narrative analysis, and a participatory plan evaluation to understand how and why sustainability has become a strategy for community development. Results demonstrate the importance of community engagement, proactive leadership, and goal oriented planning. This research offers insights into the way in which sustainability emerged as a theme in the Fairfield community, how it is being implemented, and elements for other communities to consider when engaging with sustainability.

Copyright Owner

Anna M. Bruen

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

123 pages

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