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Title:Performing leadership: municipal green building policies and the city as role model.
Author(s):Cidell, Julie L.
Subject(s):green buildings
environmental governance
local government
Geographic Coverage:United States
Abstract:The recent rise in the use of third-party standards and rating systems to evaluate the sustainability or greenness of urban programs and policies includes their explicit incorporation into municipal policy in the case of certified green buildings. In this paper, the theoretical framework of performativity is used to explain how multiple forms of city activity interlock through policy to name, repeat, and recount the city as a leader—which in this particular discursive formation, means being green. By performing greenness to their peers, city staff and elected officials work on the city's identity as an innovator and leader. Furthermore, the internal performance of greenness to residents and businesspeople indicates the appropriate role of local government in relation to private sector activity and protecting citizens, including taking on the risks of new technologies and practices to ease the way for private capital.
Issue Date:2014
Citation Info:Cidell, J. (forthcoming) Performing leadership: municipal green building policies and the city as role model. To appear in Environment and Planning C.
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-09

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