Date of Award
Urban and Regional Planning
School of Urban and Regional Planning
Sustainability has been touted as an ideal in city and environmental planning in recent decades, evolving to include environmental, economic, and equity-focused goals. While much has been written about these ideals, it remains unclear how their inherent tensions and challenges affect planning practice. This thesis analyzes these goals as they are perceived and prioritized in The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, a regional water management plan released by Waggonner and Ball Architects in September 2013, utilizing interviews with architects involved in the plan’s development, staff at agencies involved in green infrastructure implementation, and advocacy groups involved in and affected by the plan’s implementation. I argue for the creation of a planning infrastructure that would promote a broader view of the array of green infrastructure’s potential environmental, economic, and social benefits, as well as for an increased focus on equity in green infrastructure planning and implementation.
Fisch, Jessica, "Green Infrastructure and the Sustainability Concept: A Case Study of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan" (2014). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1869.