Sustainability in community development
Sustainability is one of most difficult challenges faced by modern community development. In society, various aspects of sustainable development (ecological, economic, social and cultural) have become a subject of wider discussion, and this is also reflected in planning. Community development plays an important part in facilitating sustainability. Energy consumption, food production, traffic and transport, the effects of an ageing population, services, commerce and competitiveness are always dependent on city planning solutions, which either support or weaken, prevent or facilitate sustainable results. The practical implementation of visions also poses challenges. Various implementation models have been developed elsewhere, but these should be investigated and tested within a Finnish framework.