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Title:Stakeholder-based sustainable design: a participatory learning model
Author(s):Olney, Elizabeth
Advisor(s):Sullivan, William C.
Department / Program:Landscape Architecture
Discipline:Landscape Architecture
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sustainable design
Small town
Learning circle
Stakeholder participation
Green design
Mattoon Illinois
Abstract:Small mid-western towns face significant challenges in the creation of sustainable landscapes. Trends in 20th century development emphasized car-oriented design which drew businesses and people out of town centers, while subsequent economic downturns have left many towns with budget shortfalls and expensive, over-capacity infrastructure (Pigg 1991, 6-7). Adoption of sustainable design practices emphasizing human health and green infrastructure could have manifold economic and social benefits (Sullivan 2014, Wolf 2005 ). However, most information and resources regarding sustainable design practices are tailored to serve professionals working in suburban and urban environments. Citizens from smaller communities have few resources enabling them to identify and prioritize sustainable design goals. In this thesis, I examine the efficacy of a Learning Circle, a participatory learning model, in building the competence and confidence of stakeholders in Mattoon, Illinois to engage in a sustainable design process for their communities, and in facilitating buy-in within the community.
Issue Date:2014-09-16
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Elizabeth Olney
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-16
Date Deposited:2014-08

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