Facilitating Low-Carbon Living? A Comparison of Intervention Measures in Different Community-Based Initiatives

dc.contributor.authorSchäfer, Martina
dc.contributor.authorHielscher, Sabine
dc.contributor.authorHaas, Willi
dc.contributor.authorHausknost, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorLeitner, Michaela
dc.contributor.authorKunze, Iris
dc.contributor.authorMandl, Sylvia
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-09T11:31:27Z
dc.date.available2019-08-09T11:31:27Z
dc.date.issued2018-04-02
dc.date.updated2019-08-01T14:03:49Z
dc.description.abstractThe challenge of facilitating a shift towards sustainable housing, food and mobility has been taken up by diverse community-based initiatives ranging from “top-down” approaches in low-carbon municipalities to “bottom-up” approaches in intentional communities. This paper compares intervention measures in four case study areas belonging to these two types, focusing on their potential of re-configuring daily housing, food, and mobility practices. Taking up critics on dominant intervention framings of diffusing low-carbon technical innovations and changing individual behavior, we draw on social practice theory for the empirical analysis of four case studies. Framing interventions in relation to re-configuring daily practices, the paper reveals differences and weaknesses of current low-carbon measures of community-based initiatives in Germany and Austria. Low-carbon municipalities mainly focus on introducing technologies and offering additional infrastructure and information to promote low-carbon practices. They avoid interfering into residents’ daily lives and do not restrict carbon-intensive practices. In contrast, intentional communities base their interventions on the collective creation of shared visions, decisions, and rules and thus provide social and material structures, which foster everyday low-carbon practices and discourage carbon-intensive ones. The paper discusses the relevance of organizational and governance structures for implementing different types of low-carbon measures and points to opportunities for broadening current policy strategies.en
dc.identifier.eissn2071-1050
dc.identifier.urihttps://depositonce.tu-berlin.de/handle/11303/9750
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-8783
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subject.ddc333 Boden- und Energiewirtschaftde
dc.subject.otherlow-carbon municipalitiesen
dc.subject.otherintentional communitiesen
dc.subject.otherecovillagesen
dc.subject.othersocial practice theoriesen
dc.subject.otherinterventions in practicesen
dc.subject.otherlow-carbon measuresen
dc.titleFacilitating Low-Carbon Living? A Comparison of Intervention Measures in Different Community-Based Initiativesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.articlenumber1047en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.doi10.3390/su10041047en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.issue4en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.journaltitleSustainabilityen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublishernameMDPIen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceBaselen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume10en
tub.accessrights.dnbfreeen
tub.affiliationZentrale & sonstige Einrichtungen>Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft (ZTG)de
tub.affiliation.facultyZentrale & sonstige Einrichtungende
tub.affiliation.groupZentrum Technik und Gesellschaft (ZTG)de
tub.publisher.universityorinstitutionTechnische Universität Berlinen
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