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Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 2950-2964; doi:10.3390/su2092950
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Sustainability of Urban Infrastructures

1,*  and 2
1 Building and Civil Engineering Institute ZRMK, Dimiceva 12, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia 2 Faculty of Architecture, Dokuz Eylul University, Tınaztepe Campus Kurucesme, Buca, 35210 Alsancak, Izmir, Turkey
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 27 July 2010 / Revised: 2 September 2010 / Accepted: 8 September 2010 / Published: 14 September 2010
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Abstract

The scope of the paper is to overview the different approaches for evaluation of urban infrastructure sustainability. In this context, urban infrastructure covers transportation, energy, water, sewage and information networks as well as waste management and blue-green infrastructure, in terms of both the supply and demand side. A common effort of partners in the European project “C8—Best Practice in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure”, developed under the Cooperation in Science and Technology program (COST), in brief COST C8, was focused on defining the methods, indicators and criteria for evaluation of sustainability, and resulted in a guidebook for decision-makers in local authorities. Here, the COST C8 matrix for simple sustainability assessment of urban infrastructure is applied to The Path (POT) case—a circular memorial and recreational park around the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The applicability and acceptance of the matrix in 43 other cases of sustainable urban infrastructure, collected in the COST C8 project, is presented and discussed.
Keywords: sustainability; indicators; urban infrastructures; assessment; matrix sustainability; indicators; urban infrastructures; assessment; matrix
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Šijanec Zavrl, M.; Tanac Zeren, M. Sustainability of Urban Infrastructures. Sustainability 2010, 2, 2950-2964.

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