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Literature Review

After compiling the inventory on Madison’s ecological attributes, we consulted technical literature and existing plans of other cities to see what sustainability strategies are being discussed and implemented. This literature review is divided into five sections: ecosystems services, climate change, urban agriculture, stormwater management, and interjurisdictional issues. The objective of this research was to understand more thoroughly the significance of the environmental issues behind each of our four sustainability goals and to gather information and ideas that could potentially contribute to achieving those goals. Most of the performance standards we used in our analysis to represent urban best practices were derived from this literature review.