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Chapter 1 - Intoduction
In South Africa, examples of sustainable human settlements, though promoted by government policies, are few and far between. This is primarily due to the continued predominance of old approaches to township planning, infrastructure and housing design, and a lack of cross-sector integration and collaboration.
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Chapter 2 - Sustainable Housing
With the backdrop of definitions listed in Chapter 1, how would one defi ne sustainable housing?
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Chapter 3 - Sustainable Building Materials
"In terms of green building, we need to reframe the question to: how much does it cost your city
not to have a green building policy."
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Chapter 4 - Renewable Energy, Options For Domestic Use
"We’ve embarked on the beginning of the last days of the age of oil. Embrace the future and recognize
the growing demand for a wide range of fuels or ignore reality and slowly—but surely—be left behind."
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Chapter 5 - Solid Waste Management
The earth is a closed system for matter – nothing disappears. In nature, the cycle of life operates in a
circular system and waste generated by one organism becomes food for another.
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Chapter 6 - Water & Sanitation
We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
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Chapter 7 - Sustainable Passeger Transport
One possible measure of the overall (un)sustainability of an urban transport system is the vehicle kilometres travelled (VKT) within the functional area of the relevant city to support its routine daily activities.
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Chapter 8 - Urban Agriculture and Food Security
Urban Agriculture (UA) can be defi ned as an industry located within (intra-urban) or on the fringe (periurban) of a town, a city or a metropolis, which grows and raises, processes and distributes, a diversity of food and non-food products.
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Chapter 9 - Socio-Ecological Strands of Public Participation
A socioecological approach to sustainable neighbourhoods embeds all human activity within the eco-system of which it is part, recognising its limits and constraints.
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Chapter 10 - Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Low Income Housing
There is now an emerging global consensus that unsustainable resource use (global warming, breakdown of eco-system services, depletion of key renewable and non-renewable resources) will threaten the existence of large numbers of human and non-human species.
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Chapter 11 - Conclusion
In South Africa we have a plethora of good legislation and policies which govern urban planning, housing, energy, water, sanitation, solid waste, transport and other aspects of settlements.
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Chapter 12 - Contacts
Find all the contact information for the various insitiutions in this manual
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