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This case urges the reader to consider the links between the competing priorities of sustainable development, infrastructure, and globalization using the Colombo Port Expansion Project (CPEP) as an example.

This case raises the question of whether infrastructure development can foster inclusive growth and poverty reduction for an entire population.

This case provides an overview of the challenges facing the electricity sector in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and explores various strategies implemented by Rio’s main electricity provider to overcome high non-technical loss rates.

Electricity theft represents a major problem in developing, emerging and even developed countries.

This case study uses the Maboneng Precinct, a mixed-use creative hub in downtown Johannesburg, to understand better the role of a private sector developer in urban development and to explore the concepts of urban regeneration, gentrification, and sustainability. 

Until the 1970s, Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD) was the economic center of South Africa and, arguably, of the entire African continent.

The central theme of this case study is that cities facing drastically distinct development challenges may still pursue similar sustainable solutions. In pursuing the same objective of re-densification, the cities are considering similar strategies: rezoning and redefined land use, enhanced public transportation, and green urban infrastructure, to name a few. This case ends by prompting students to consider these strategies: which are the most important for achieving re-densification?

A shrinking Detroit and an expanding Guangzhou shape this case, which aims to introduce readers to the nuances of population density and the importance of redensification in sustainable urban plann

In this case, the definition of sustainable is based on how the energy is produced and does not consider public or environmental prosperity. Through this we see that just because something carries the label of sustainable development, it doesn’t make it a good thing— it can make many relevant actors worse off than they were before. This case brings the reader to consider how varied motivations for implementing a sustainable development project may not always be environmental protection.

Chief Minister Taib has set in place a massive sustainable dam project (SCORE) to increase energy production throughout Malaysia and develop Sarawak’s economy by bringing foreign industrial investm

This is a leadership story about how PODER Activates Latino and African American communities to protect the earth and community health.

People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER) activates the power of the Latino and African American communities of Austin, Texas, to both protect the earth and safeguard community

The Village of Arts and Humanities engages neighborhood residents, business owners, community groups, and other organizations in revitalizing North Central Philadelphia by recognizing and strengthening the communities existing assets and leadership.

The Village of Arts and Humanities has initiated a collaborative community planning process entitled Shared Prosperity in North Philadelphia.

Through engaging community residents, buying property and creating sophisticated financial negotiations, New Road Community Development Group has brought long-sought sewers and home ownership to a formerly disenfranchised neighborhood.

Ruth Wise and her colleagues have put their formerly disenfranchised neighborhood on the map.

Rural town challenges parts of countywide land use scheme, highlighting local and regional leadership tensions.

This case highlights the opportunities for, and barriers to, effective cooperation across geographical and governmental jurisdictions.

This case looks at the ethical challenges one manager faces as he attempts to create productive a relationship with his board while maintaining loyalty to and from staff.  Lessons in local government, ethics, management and dealing with boards.

Wellington Street Pier Project is a short, well crafted case, which explores the leadership and ethical challenges a new Port Director faces as he attempts to create a productive relations