The Environmental City stream of the 2005 State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conference explored and discussed a range of topics – many of which of course overlapped and also related to the other streams at this conference. The main headings were
• climate change
• critiques of the idea of sustainability and its translation into policies and procedures
• the problems of assessing and measuring both environmental change and the impacts of sustainability policies
• greenspace in cities
• urban farming, human health and obesogenic urban environments
• education and community involvement
• alternative sustainable housing and communities; sustainable ideas and policies in practice (or not) at local government level and in master-planned estates
• and finally a rather alarming paper on the threat termites pose to our cities and other infrastructure.
This paper tracks and summarises the session discussions, findings and recommendations and identifies a number of overarching themes.
The State of Australian Cities (SOAC) national conferences have been held biennially since 2003 to support interdisciplinary policy-related urban research. This paper was presented at SOAC 2 held in Brisbane from 30 November to 2 December 2005.