Rural sustainable development : a postmodern alternative / Ivonne Audirac -- A tradition of rural sustainability : the Amish portrayed / Mark B. Lapping -- Ecological footprints and the imperative of rural sustainability / William E. Rees -- Sustainability and rural revitalization : two alternative visions / Richard M. Clugston -- Exploration of a framework for evaluating sustainable development in a rural agricultural context / Erik Davies and George Penfold -- Sustainable community development : a systems approach / Daniel D. Chiras and Julie Herman -- Moving from principles to policy : a framework for rural sustainable community development in the United States / Owen J. Furuseth and Deborah S.K. Thomas -- Still life on the plains : strategies for sustainable communities / Joseph Luther -- Self-development as a strategy for rural sustainability / Gary P. Green -- Strengthening social capital : the challenge for rural community sustainability / Lionel J. Beaulieu and Glenn D. Israel -- Rural public administration and sustainability : reasserting governance over government / James Seroka -- Community-based workshops : building a partnership for community vitality / James A. Segedy -- Rural sustainable development : a new regionalism? / Michael Boswell and Ivonne Audirac -- Agriculture adaption to urbanization : farm types and agricultural sustainability in U.S. metropolitan areas / Ralph E. Heimlich and Charles H. Barnard -- Greenways, trails, and rural sustainability / Earl M. Starnes, Mark Benedict, and Matthew S. Sexton -- SURE (Sustainable Urban/Rural Enterprise) : a partnership for economy and environment / James A. Segedy and Thomas S. Lyons -- Solid waste management in rural areas : lessons from Florida / Raymond A. Shapek -- Economic analysis of Leaf Management Alternatives for Local Government / Donn A. Derr and Pritam S. Dhillon -- Regenerating a regional economy from within : some preliminary lessons from Central Appalachia / Anthony Flaccavento -- Equity and sustainable development : community self-empowerment in three indigenous communities / Nola-Kate Seymoar. Rural Sustainable Development in America offers a multidimensional look at theory, strategic planning, and real-world experience that provides planners and others with important tools to use in cultivating a sustainable future for rural America. Contributions by leading experts from a range of disciplines first explore the philosophical and ecological underpinnings of sustainable development within a global and local context. The second part of the book examines regional and local planning and policy issues, and the final section assesses the success or failure of alternative rural-urban symbioses in agriculture, waste management, greenways and trails, and regional revitalization. Encompassing several shades of "greenness," this thought-provoking volume truly reflects the diversity of views and approaches that are driving the theory and practice of rural development into the twenty-first century. It is a vital addition to the literature that will inform readers of ever ideological orientation and professional perspective - in such areas as rural geography, planning, policy, and economic development; agricultural economics; landscape architecture; and public administration.