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Using Interactive Web Tools in Environmental Planning to Improve Communication about Sustainable Development

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Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz University Hannover, Herrenhäuser Straße 2, Hannover 30419, Germany
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Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Utah State University, 4005 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84321, USA
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Sustainability 2014, 6(1), 236-250; https://doi.org/10.3390/su6010236
Received: 25 November 2013 / Revised: 11 December 2013 / Accepted: 17 December 2013 / Published: 2 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Communication for and about Sustainability)
Public involvement in the landscape planning process is an essential opportunity to communicate the goals and objectives of a sustainable planning. However, it is also important to accommodate citizen’s attitudes and perceptions of sustainability on a local or regional scale in the decision-making process. This involvement can be supported by interactive information, discussion, and learning opportunities. This article examines how communication in the context of environmental issues can be supported by modern web tools, social media, and new visualization approaches. Furthermore, the potential of social media to support communication about sustainability on a local scale and the prerequisites for its use in the planning process are discussed. Using a case study about citizens’ response to the development of intensive livestock farming in rural setting, we examine what the perception of sustainability on local scale could mean for citizens. Another case study about interactive landscape planning illustrates how such tools can promote communication about environmental issues and local sustainability. Using a framework for the use of social media, we suggest different application levels of social media in participatory planning. Finally, the opportunities to support sustainable decisions with landscape visualization in environmental planning and decision-making issues are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: internet; environmental planning; participatory planning; communication; web tools; social media; visualization; local sustainability internet; environmental planning; participatory planning; communication; web tools; social media; visualization; local sustainability
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Krätzig, S.; Warren-Kretzschmar, B. Using Interactive Web Tools in Environmental Planning to Improve Communication about Sustainable Development. Sustainability 2014, 6, 236-250.

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